What transfer will impact his team the most? This can be looked at two
different ways. One, how does he impact the team he is going to and two
how does he impact the team he left. Here are our 20 impact transfers…
What transfer will impact his team the most? This can be looked at two different ways. One, how does he impact the team he is going to and two how does he impact the team he left.
Here are our 20 impact transfers:
Aaron Thomas (6’5/Sr.) transferred from Cincinnati Aiken to Cincinnati Withrow. Thomas, who is a Florida State commit, averaged 21.9 points per game as a junior and will now add to a very talented Withrow roster which includes sophomore Devin Williams and seniors Carl Porter and Kevin Jones. He leaves Aiken, but the Falcons still have plenty of talent though young talent. Aiken will have a couple transfers of its own in Austin Grimes and Michael Thompson along with freshman Tyonte Robertson. At any rate, Thomas makes Withrow a Top 15 team.
Colin Barth (5’11/Sr.) transferred from Olmsted Falls to Mentor. This is huge for Mentor while they were trying to replace Jaron Crowe. Barth and Crowe both averaged 18 points per game last season, so that is pretty much a wash. However, can Barth mesh with the team and do all the intangibles Crowe was able to do. Barth will certainly fit in well with Mentor’s style of play. Olmsted Falls will suffer from this loss, but should become more of a balanced team.
Jakarr Sampson (6’8/Sr.) transferred from Akron SVSM to Brewster Academy (NH). Sampson, who was the state’s No. 1 player and committed to play at St. John’s, leaves a huge void in the paint for the Irish. SVSM will still be very talented, but the loss of Sampson will hurt especially against its brutal schedule. Sampson has the ability to play inside-out or outside-in, and he is a presence in the paint defensively. We will see who steps up for the Irish in the paint. As for Brewster, obviously they get better with Sampson but the roster was very talented prior to his arrival.
Zach Price (6’9/Sr.) transferred from Lakewood St. Edward’s to Jeffersontown (KY). Price, who has committed Louisville, should have a really productive season. He has long been known for looking good and not always producing. The senior enjoyed a great spring/summer, and we were really looking forward to what he was going to be able to accomplish this season. However, he left the state to be closer to Louisville. This a tough loss for Ed’s in the paint, but they still have Lorbach and Mason along with freshman Ty Herron and Hillmon will be available in early February.
Craig McFerrin (6’7/Sr.) transferred from Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge (LA) to Warren Harding. McFerrin is a D1 prospect, who should bolster an already big Raiders team. McFerrin will join Shaheed Davis and Rashid Gaston in the paint to create a front line of 6’7, 6’8, and 6’7. The guard play is a bit of a concern at this point, and McFerrin won’t help in that area. Though, Harding’s talent is hard to overlook.
Steve Bridgeman (6’5/Sr.) transferred from Lancaster to Bloom-Carroll. Bridgeman may be the most important transfer to his new team in the entire state. Bridgeman, who is committed to play at D2 Ohio Dominican, could be the MSL Player of the Year. He will join sophomore Isaac McGlone and junior AJ Ireland to form one of the best trios in D3. Bridgeman leaves Lancaster, which is a program that his been sliding for the past three or four seasons. This can’t help.
Tyler Ulis (5’4/Fr.) transferred from Lima (OH) to Marian Catholic in Matteson (IL). Ulis, who was expected to attend Lima Shawnee, is a freshman at Marian Catholic. Ulis was arguably the best point guard in Ohio’s Class of 2014. Though, only 5-foot-4, he has the ability to dominate a game by always being under control and owning the tempo of the game. In reality, Ohio lost a Top 5 to 10 player in this class. It would have been interesting to see how much of an impact he would have made at Shawnee.
Seger Bonifant (6’6/Jr.) transferred from Strasburg to Berlin Hiland. This is without a doubt the most intriguing transfer of the off season. Strasburg is in the same conference as Hiland and also a rival. In addition, Bonifant’s father was the girl’s coach at Strasburg prior to this year. He will join a team that returns almost its entire roster from a year ago led by junior Dylan Kaufman, senior Noah Boyd, and junior Luke Burch. Kaufman and Bonifant play AAU together with Team CBIZ. This takes Hiland from a possible Final 4 candidate in D4 to a favorite to win it all. Strasburg will have a hard time replacing Bonifant’s production.
Jeff Copeland (6’5/Sr.) transferred from Toledo Start to Toledo St. John’s. This one is flying under the radar a bit, but Copeland has the ability to take this team from good to elite. From some accounts, he hasn’t been very productive thus far in the preseason but he should come around. He can get you double figures, double-doubles, and do all the dirty work.
This one is a bit different because of a different circumstance. Toledo Bowsher has collected four former Toledo Libbey starters following the closing of Libbey not to mention snagging another from Toledo St. Francis DeSales. Bowsher received Lonacy Utley, Milan Mabry, Delvin Williams, and Maurice Birdsong from Libbey and Khari Dailey from DeSales.
Maurice Ofield (6’4/So.) transferred from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin to Cleveland Heights. This is huge for Heights getting a kid with tons of talent to fill the two-guard spot. The sophomore is a terrific athlete, great in-game dunker, and can knock down shots. He will join seniors Aaron Ashley, Cody Martin, and Sam Collins along with juniors Kevin Clark and Tyree Gaiter. This transfer could put Heights over the top. If Ashley returns to form, this team will be one of the biggest sleepers in the state. NDCL will certainly feel the loss of star-power, but they do have quite a bit returning.
Dontonio Wingfield Jr. (6’4/So.) transferred from Cincinnati Country Day to Lockland. Wingfield, who is a D1 prospect, is one of the most important small school transfers in Ohio. The sophomore averaged nearly 18 points per game as a frosh, and will definitely boost a Lockland squad looking for an identity. He will join returning starter Mike Beasley and fellow sophomore Dyland Wedlock. Wingfield makes Lockland a Top 10 team in D4.
Adam McCall (5’10/Jr.) transferred from Harvest Prep to Columbus Walnut Ridge. This is big for Ridge giving them a tough defender, a solid guard, and another talented player to go along with an already deep and big team. The Scots will benefit greatly from another ball handler to go along with Fred Hardgrove and Isaiah Brooks. With McCall’s exit at Harvest Prep, it should give an opportunity to sophomores Kejuan Skinner-Byrd and Kenny Robinson to shine.
Zack Riddle (6’2/Sr.) transferred from Columbus Bishop Watterson to Dublin Coffman. Riddle is a huge get for Coffman not only due to his talent but for the fact it likely will not have Kyle Molock the entire season. The Purdue commit is scheduled to miss his entire junior campaign with a torn ACL suffered this past AAU season, but should be back for this year’s AAU slate. Riddle gives Coffman a solid guard that can make plays. Coffman’s style fits his style of play very well in compared to Watterson’s. Riddle should make Coffman a Top 25 team. Watterson returns just one starter, and will be bringing along plenty of new players so it could be a good move for both teams.
Kristian Cross (6’4/Sr.) transferred from Carrollton to North Olmsted. This is a huge blow for Carrollton. The Warriors have made the regional the past two seasons, and with the core of their team returning it appeared this could be the year they get to Columbus. However, Cross left for North Olmsted and Carrollton is left trying to fill a void in the middle. Cross averaged 14.5 points per game as a junior for a balanced Carrollton squad. The Warriors still have talent with seniors Johnny Lowdermilk, Rob Smith, Chris Ericksen, and Tyler Sheets along with sophomore Stephen Ericksen. North Olmsted has a chance to be a sleeper with Cross joining returning starters’ juniors Marc Remy and Darvin Freeman.
Rian Burrell (6’3/Sr.) transferred from Columbus Beechcroft to Zanesville. This is a enormous obtain for the Blue Devils. Burrell gives Big Blue a lock-down defender with good length, who has the ability to score. Burrell’s overall offensive game has come a long way in the course of a year. Burrell joins a team which made the Final Four in D2 last year. With the loss of Raheem Foreman, Allen Harris, and Jordan Bouterse to graduation, Burrell is a welcomed addition. He will join D2 Player of the Year candidate, Tanner Gibson, and Cole Carpenter. Burrell makes Zanesville a Top 10 club. Beechcroft will likely be in rebuilding mode after the exit of many talented seniors along with Burrell.
Cincinnati Taft is grouped in one bunch with four incoming transfers. Taft, who is without question the most talented team in D3, welcomes in Kadeem Palmer from Cincinnati Woodward, Jalean and Chris Lowe from Cincinnati North College Hill, and Jermaine Freeman from Cincinnati Aiken. Palmer, Lowe squared, and Freeman joins an already talented Senators team featuring juniors Adolphus Washington, Orlando Berry, and Dwayne Stanford along with along with senior Marquez Johnson. Jalean Lowe, Freeman, Washington, Berry, and Stanford all play together for All-Ohio Purple on the AAU scene.
Andrew Bendolph (6’0/Sr.) transferred from Wheelersburg to Portsmouth after transferring from Portsmouth to Wheelersburg the previous season. The Wheelersburg experience didn’t work out for Bendolph, and now he is back with the Trojans. Bendolph’s style of play didn’t gel well with Wheelersburg’s play, and now he should be able to play to his strengths at Portsmouth. Bendolph joins talented juniors Dion McKinley and Wayne Evans along with senior Tre’ Underwood in what should be one of the better teams in Southeast Ohio. The ‘Burg will likely benefit as well, and get back to its style of play. Last year was filled with injuries, but the Pirates did manage to finish strong upsetting Oak Hill in the sectional.
Eric Kennedy (6’4/Jr.) transferred from Spring Valley (WV) to Chesapeake. Kennedy comes along at a good time with the loss of Trent Saunders and Peter Hintz to graduation. Kennedy has a chance to be a very good player for the ‘Peake on what should be a Top 5 team in D3. Kennedy will join returning starters Nathan Copley, Austin McMaster, and Colin Kennedy along with some intriguing newcomers. Kennedy’s arrival puts the Panthers atop the pecking order in Southeast Ohio.
Trey Warr (6’4/Sr.) transferred from Reynoldsburg to Gahanna Lincoln. Warr could be a pleasant surprise in Central Ohio. Warr, who started for Reynoldsburg a year ago but produced very little, has emerged as a go-to-guy for the Golden Lions. Warr has always been a terrific athlete, but has now added some nice skill to his game and has become a solid D2 prospect. The senior now has the ability to knock down shots along with his high-level athleticism. He should help ease the pain with the loss of Rob Brandenberg and Anthony Jackson to graduation. Warr will be running alongside one of the best point guards in the state in Stevie Taylor. Reynoldsburg loses one of the most improved players in its district, but this should allow for some talented youngsters to gain experience.