College Basketball Betting: Five Transfers Making a Big Impact
College basketball transfers are the norm these days and these five have already made a significant impact on their respective new homes.
Justin Smith, F, Arkansas Razorbacks
The Hogs are chock full of transfers this season, and each one has brought something positive to the table. Justin Smith, an Indiana import, might not be the shiniest object in Eric Musselman’s new chest of jewels, but he’s arguably been the most impactful. Smith currently ranks 14th in the country in Evan Miya’s BPR metric, which measures a player’s combined impact taking into account both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. Smith also has been Arkansas’s best offensive rebounder this season, tacking on to his productive 11.6 PPG scoring average. If you made a list of “quintessential glue guys” in college basketball, Smith would be right at the top. The Hogs are off to a blistering 9-0 start and 5-2-1 mark against the spread.
Eugene Omoruyi, F, Oregon Ducks
If Eugene Omoruyi were still at Rutgers this season we may very well be touting the Scarlet Knights as the favorite to cut down the nets in April. Oregon desperately needed a shot in the arm offensively with the graduations of Payton Pritchard and Anthony Mathis and the early-season injury trouble to Will Richardson, and Omoruyi has delivered that punch and then some. The 6’6” do-everything senior currently leads Oregon in usage (31.7%) and scoring (18.1 PPG), and is help keeping the surface calm as the Ducks continue to churn their feet underwater waiting for their point guard to return.
Drew Peterson, G, USC Trojans
Congratulations to those holding a “Drew Peterson will have the best year of his career after up-transferring from Rice to USC and play like an all-conference player” ticket – you have cashed and now have an open invitation to accompany me to Vegas. Peterson has been a godsend to the Trojans – he’s assumed the PG mantle after presumed-starter Ethan Anderson went down with injury and has quietly led USC in assists and 3P% while ranking third on the team in scoring and fourth in rebounding. Peterson was an all-league caliber player in C-USA and has reached that level in the Pac-12 as well.
ShanQuan Hemphill, F, Drake Bulldogs
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Drake Bulldogs are a perfect 9-0 ATS and rank fourth in the country with a +12.1 cover margin. Head coach Darian DeVries can do no wrong. Aiding in that success has been unexpected hero and Green Bay transfer ShanQuan “Tank” Hemphill. Hemphill is a 6’6” forward who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (14.1 PPG) as gets to the foul line at a furious rate. Back in 2018-19 at Green Bay, Hemphill was one of the better players in the Horizon but a season-ending injury in the first game last year limited his impact. With Linc Darner’s departure came Tank’s transfer to Drake and a new lease on his college basketball life. The Bulldogs owe the Green Bay AD a nice fruit basket as a sign of appreciation.
Michael Ertel, G, UAB Blazers
A two-time All-Sun Belt honoree and the 2018 Sun Belt Rookie of the Year, Ertel has continued his college basketball success from UL-Monroe at his new home in Birmingham. Ertel leads the Blazers in minutes (28.4 MPG) and scoring (14.5 PPG) and is the primary reason his new squad is a sterling 7-1 SU and 5-2 ATS. In Ertel the Blazers have a guard who can play on or off the ball, and the scary part is the career 37% three-point shooter has yet to hit his stride from the outside, converting just 25% of his 24 long-ball tries.
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