“The last two years, there have been over 400 players in Division I basketball who have transferred. The majority of the time is because it is not a fit one way or the other or from both sides.” — Auburn Coach Tony Barbee.
Alex Oriakhi, formerly of Connecticut, 6-9 forward, one year of eligibility remaining, could be eligible to play next season. He averaged 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season for UConn’s national-titlist. This year, with 6-10 freshman Andre Drummond in the lineup, Oriakhi averaged 6.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for a team that lost to Iowa State in its NCAA tournament-opener.
Trent Lockett, formerly of Arizona State, 6-4 guard, one year of eligibility remaining. He recently learned his mother has cancer and wants to go to school somewhere closer to his Minnesota home. Lockett averaged a team-high 13 points, as well as 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. ASU was 10-21.
Evan Smotrycz, formerly of Michigan, 6-9 forward, two years of eligibility remaining. He played in every game in his two seasons as a Wolverine. This season, he averaged 7.7 points and shot 44 percent (40-of-92) from 3-point range. He was one of three Michigan players who have announced they intend to transfer.
Trey Zeigler, formerly of Central Michigan, 6-5 guard, two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Chippewas, but was inclined to leave CMU when his father, Ernie Zeigler, was fired as head coach.
Willy Kouassi, formerly of Auburn, 6-10 center, three years of eligibility remaining. He didn’t do much statistically, but came on late in the season, averaging 5.3 rebounds in the Tigers’ last three games.
Tony Chennault, formerly of Wake Forest, 6-2 guard, two years of eligibility remaining. Started all 31 games this season, averaged 9.0 points and 2.8 assists.
T.J. McConnell, formerly of Duquesne, 6-1 guard, two years of eligibility remaining. The starting point guard for two years, averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists this season. He wants to play at a larger school.
Gilvydas Biruta, formerly of Rutgers, 6-8 forward, two years of eligibility remaining. The power forward was the only Rutgers player to play in every game this season, averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Matt Glover, formerly of Penn State, 6-4 guard, two years of eligibility remaining. He played in all 32 games for the Nittany Lions, averaging 23.5 minutes, 2.8 points and 4.5 rebounds.
“It’s always hard when players leave. But sometimes it’s for the best and it’s for the right reasons.” — Penn State Coach Patrick Chambers.