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Fantasy AnalysisAs a true freshman, Martin played a solid role off the bench, chipping in across the board with averages of 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 23.8 minutes. However, with both Shannon Evans and Tra Holder graduating, Martin is slated for a starting role and will likely get as many minutes as he can handle. Coach Hurley furthered the optimism around Martin, saying the sophomore guard earned his trust quickly last year. As a result, it sounds like Martin will be unleashed and with an added workload, should be able to build on his strong freshman campaign.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 6-foot-4 guard appeared in 19 games for Cal as a freshman and averaged 4.8 minutes per contest while going 0-for-12 from the field. Since he was unlikely to see a major uptick in playing time as a sophomore with head coach Wyking Jones overhauling the roster over the past year, McCullough intends to explore his options elsewhere. McCullough probably won't garner much interest from any major-conference schools, so expect him to land with a low- or mid-major program as he attempts to find minutes. He would have to sit out the 2018-19 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules if he elects to play at the Division 1 level.
Fantasy AnalysisTravis was arguably the biggest college free agent this season, so his decision to go to Kentucky is a big win for the Wildcats and coach John Calipari. Last season at Stanford, he averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, both good enough for third in the conference and earned him a spot on the all-conference first team. As a graduate senior transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately and will serve as a veteran presence on a Kentucky squad that features a plethora of talented freshman and sophomores.
Fantasy AnalysisAs a freshman last season, the 6-foot-2 guard saw only spot action for the Golden Bears, averaging 1.6 points in 6.5 minutes per game and finishing with twice as many turnovers (18) as assists (seven). Winston's departure further adds to the complete overhaul in Berkeley, with Cal losing 16 of the 17 players on its 2016-17 roster leave since Wyking Jones replaced Cuonzo Martin as head coach last March. Winston will likely head to a mid- or low-major Division 1 school in an attempt to find playing time, though he would be forced to sit out the 2018-19 campaign in accordance with NCAA rules.
Fantasy AnalysisWatkins was also arrested in 2016 for criminal mischief and 2017 for disorderly conduct. The 6-9 forward averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Nittany Lions last year, but missed the last nine games of the season with a leg injury as Penn State won the NIT Championship.
Fantasy AnalysisJackson decided to leave the school after it hired a new coach this offseason. As a freshman in 2017-18, Jackson averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per contest, though he will likely have to sit out a season before being eligible to take the floor at his new institution.
Fantasy AnalysisBallantyne will leave Detroit following the hire of Mike Davis to the head coaching position after averaging just 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest as a freshman in 2017-18. He likely won't be a highly desired target by other schools and he may have to sit out a season before being eligible to contribute.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCloud saw a fairly significant amount of playing time for Northern Iowa as a sophomore, finishing with averages of 6.6 points, 2.4 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 25.9 minutes. However, he's now elected to head to Division II Minnesota State, where he'll be eligible to play immediately and should once again take on a significant role. McCloud should also have two years of eligibility remaining, giving the Mavericks a strong backcourt presence for the foreseeable future.
Fantasy AnalysisHanson will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 campaign. The 6-6 forward averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.5 minutes for the Lions as a freshman. He played alongside fellow Xavier transfer Kyle Castlin.
Fantasy AnalysisThe freshman guard suffered the injury late in the season of his senior high school year and has been returning slowly to avoid re-aggravating the injury. Once healthy, he is expecting to provide an outside presence for the Buffalo as a guard who can hit a three-point shot, and his slow transition due to the foot injury shouldn't be a concern for owners this far removed from the upcoming season.
Fantasy AnalysisAs one of the last available players who has announced their intent to transfer, Crandall has been a top target for many teams recently. The Minneapolis native currently has the University of Minnesota high on his list, but he also said he was considering Gonzaga and Xavier, among others. In his junior season, the guard averaged 16.6 points on 50 percent shooting and 42 percent from three. He is expecting to make a decision by the end of June or the Fourth of July at the latest to decide where he will play his final senior after sitting out a year per NCAA regulations.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCormick will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to contribute immediately during the 2018-19 campaign. Over 28 games at Lee College last season, the 6-foot point guard averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest last season. While Jared Harper figures to serve as the starting point guard again in 2018-19, McCormick could be a valuable contributor off the bench.
Fantasy AnalysisBatts' playing time as a freshman waned as the season went along, leading to his departure from NC State this offseason after averaging just 3.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 rebounds per contest in 2017-18. He will be forced to sit out a season, per NCAA rules, before contributing for his new school in 2019-20.
Fantasy AnalysisThomas averaged just three minutes per game as a freshman , but his run with the Blue Raiders has come to an end after a series of team policy violations led to his dismissal. He will likely have to sit out a season before playing for a new school, though it remains to be seen how desirable Thomas' services will be.
Fantasy AnalysisDixon joined the growing ranks of Middle Tennessee players that have moved on from the school this offseason, leaving the Blue Raiders' roster relatively bare heading into the 2018-19 campaign. He will likely have to sit out a season before contributing for his new school after averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest as a sophomore.