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April 25, 2007
Rivals.com's 2006-07 preseason top 10 transfers fared pretty well for the most part.
One led his new team in scoring. One led his new team in rebounding. Three led their new teams in assists. One made the all-conference defensive team.
But we also may have instituted some sort of jinx. Four of the 10 spent time out of the lineup, three because of injuries that kept them out for multiple games and one because he couldn't stay out of the coach's doghouse.
We won't be unveiling our top transfers for next season until October, so for now the guys coming eligible can rest easy and try to stay healthy. Here's a look at last year's list and how they performed:
1. J.R. Giddens, New Mexico: The Kansas transfer led the Lobos in scoring (15.3 ppg) and was second in rebounding (6.5 rpg). He also remains a handful. He left Lawrence after being involved in a bar fight, and he played in only 26 of 32 games last season because of various suspensions. He's mercurial at best, and things went so badly at UNM that coach Ritchie McKay was fired. Steve Alford, beware.
2. Drew Lavender, Xavier: The Oklahoma transfer led the Atlantic 10 in assists (4.8 apg) and the Musketeers in steals. He was the team's third-leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and helped propel Sean Miller's team into the NCAA Tournament.
3. Toney Douglas, FSU: The Auburn transfer finished second on the Seminoles in scoring (12.7 ppg) and assists (2.9 apg). Douglas missed five games with a broken hand and FSU went 1-4 in those contests, costing them an NCAA bid.
4. Fred Peete, New Mexico State: The Kansas State transfer was fourth in scoring (9.5 ppg) for the NCAA-bound Aggies and was named to the WAC all-defensive team. He was hobbled by a chip fracture in his right ankle toward the end of the season that caused him to miss three games. He scored only eight points in 39 minutes over NMSU's final four games.
5. Mike Cook, Pittsburgh: The East Carolina transfer was a key contributor for the NCAA Sweet 16 Panthers. He was second in scoring (10.5 ppg) and assists (2.6 apg).
6. Dameon Mason, LSU: The Marquette transfer didn't come up very big for the Tigers. A career double-digit scorer in two seasons with the Golden Eagles, he posted only 5.4 ppg.
7. Aaron Johnson, New Mexico: The Penn State transfer lived up to his reputation as a top rebounder, leading the Lobos with 7.3 per game. But he scored only 6.3 points per game and UNM imploded after an 11-3 start to finish 15-17. It tied for eighth in the Mountain West Conference.
8. Lorrenzo Wade, San Diego State: The Louisville transfer was fourth in scoring (10.5 ppg), third in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and third in assists (2.6 apg) for the NIT-bound Aztecs.
9. Kevin Kruger, UNLV: The Arizona State transfer was third in scoring (13.5 ppg) for the NCAA Sweet 16 Rebels and led the Mountain West in assists (5.1 apg) despite missing four midseason games with a deep thigh bruise.
10. Gary Ervin, Arkansas: The Mississippi State transfer was fourth on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and led the Razorbacks in assists (4.8 apg). His scoring average was three points higher than his career average in two seasons for the Bulldogs.
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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