2015 College Basketball transfers list


College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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2015 NBA Draft Early Entrants 4-14-15

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The 2015 NBA Draft class is starting to shape up. Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected, or those who have announced their intentions to return to school.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.


Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Ivan Rabb: likely 3rd pick in ’16 NBA Draft, likely picking California


The latest 24/7 Sports.com (the recruiting service partnered with CBS Sports) Crystal Ball shows 68% California for Ivan Rabb; who we have as the the 3rd overall pick in our 2016 NBA mock Draft. The crystal ball projections aren’t always correct, but they’re accurate a high percentage of the time. They’re more often right than they are wrong, and they are a HELLUVA lot more accurate than your average local television or newspaper reporter.

24/7 projections poll a group of national experts, so they’re more non-partisan. Juxtaposed against your local television station or newspaper reporter who 99% of the acts like a fanboy blogger with these types of things. So I’d feel confident in saying Ivan Rabb is going to Cal.

The same projection says Arizona 29% 

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Michigan among 6 non-NCAA Tournament teams likely dancing next year

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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2015 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers so far this off-season.)   Here are five teams who missed the 2015 NCAA Tournament this season but should be dancing next year.

Here are five teams who made the tourney this year but are likely to regress in 2015-16.  Also, check out my insanely early 2015-16 preseason Top 25 rankings. [Read more…]

2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

(Click here to see how my 2014-15 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.) [Read more…]

Ben Simmons: the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft


The #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to most of the experts in this field, will hail from LSU? Yes, for real. We have Ben Simmons first in our 2016 NBA Mock Draft. We have Jaylen Brown second (more on him here) and Ivan Rabb third (more on him here). is the next big thing in college basketball, and the next Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jahlil Okafor style one-and-done who has NBA scouts salivating.

And Simmons is a leader, not a follower with an individualistic streak. It’s a big reason he choose Louisiana State. LSU made the cut in our 2015-16 top 25 poll.

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Sad Decline of DePaul Basketball to continue under Leitao


The last time we published a DePaul basketball story was October. That’s not an accident; we have many reasons for ignoring DPU Hoops.

1.) If you don’t have anything nice to say…..

2.) DePaul basketball material is usually page views death, and The Sports Bank is a results-oriented, bottom line driven business.

3.) The Oliver Purnell “resignation”/ DePaul basketball head coaching search/Dave Leitao hire was an underwhelming story to begin with, and I was out of the country on vacation when it all went down.

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Mark Emmert FINALLY says the right thing on an important issue


NCAA President Mark Emmert is notorious for looking terribly tone deaf in interviews. More often than not, Emmert says things that make him and the NCAA look terribly out of touch, and in the court of public opinion, Emmert gets destroyed over and over again whenever he speaks in public.

Not this time though!

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UCLA Bruins tourney berth: NCAA shows SINISTER bias AGAIN


The only thing a garbage UCLA Bruins team adds to this NCAA tournament is the opportunity for cameramen to shoot gratuitous close-up shots of the dance team. The CBS/Turner cameras will do just that. Early and often; hence we joined in with the pictures in this post.

Seriously though, this UCLA at large selection is the worst at-large berth since Air Force in 2006. What’s even more offensive is that the NCAA didn’t even put them in the play-in game. The Bruins are safely into the actual first round, not the first-round-name-only.

Including the UCLA Bruins just confirms everything we know about the corrupt cartel that is the NCAA.

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Maryland’s Dez Wells playing himself onto NBA Draft bubble


When we first heard Maryland and Rutgers were coming to the Big Ten, many of us were like “meh, whatever.” Yes, Maryland basketball has a rich history, but they have been pretty down lately. Entering this season they had missed the past four NCAA Tournaments. A true ACC power in the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Terps had really fallen fast since the 2002 national title

Still, the program has always had players with really awesome names. The name tradition continues with Dez Wells (full name Dezmine Wells) and we can reignite the “Fear the Turtle” tradition, as Wells, freshman point guard Melo Trimble and junior forward Jake Layman are the three most fearsome of the Terps.

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Maryland Terrapins basketball: not that special after all

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In their first season in the Big Ten, the Maryland Terrapins have turned out to be the real deal pretty good, I’ve always referred to the Maryland Terrapins as “ACC Illinois Fighting Illini,” in both sports. They even had relatively the same decline at the same time in hoops.

Both Maryland and Illinois had that one exceptional once in a life time season (2002 for the Terps, 2005 for the Illini)

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