Although it is rare to see household names across the country on the list of graduate transfers, many of them have become important pieces on some of the top teams in college basketball over the last few years. The recruiting cycle for 2020 unveiled another group of coveted players for teams to attract to their programs. Here's a quick list of the top five players headed to new college campuses for the 2020 college basketball regular-season.
Matt Haarms heads the list of graduate transfers. The former Purdue Boilermaker committed in late April to play for the BYU Cougars. Haarms chose BYU over both Texas Tech and Kentucky although there were over 25 schools that reached out to the talented transfer. The 7-foot-3 Haarms started 41 games for Purdue over the last three seasons and in 2019 scored an average of 8.6 points while pulling down an average of 4.6 rebounds in blocking an average of 2.0 shots per game. Haarms was born and raised in Amsterdam.
Carlik Jones was the second most sought-after graduate transfer and committed to play in 2020 for the Louisville Cardinals after leaving his former school Radford. Jones is expected to be a starter for the Cardinals who are losing 6 of 8 top scorers if team high scorer Jordan Nwora opts to remain in the NBA draft. As a junior in 2019, Jones was named Big South player of the year with averages of 20 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Bryce Aiken has committed to play for the Seton Hall Pirates after leaving the Harvard Crimson. Aiken enjoyed three outstanding seasons under coach Tommy Amaker at Harvard and will be playing in one of the top conferences in the nation after missing most of 2019 due to an injury. Aiken, who is 6-foot, will not replace All-American Myles Powell, but has excellent shooting range and great leadership which will help offset the loss of three starters to graduation.
Seth Towns also left Harvard following the suspension of the 2019-20 season due to the Covid-19 outbreak and has committed to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Towns also suffered through injuries while playing for the Crimson, but if Towns’ is able to regain the form he had during the 2017-18 season his impact on Ohio State will be immediate. It is expected Towns will have two seasons of eligibility and the move to the Buckeyes will be a homecoming for the native of Columbus, Ohio.
Terrell Gomez has committed to play for the San Diego State Aztecs after leaving Cal-State Northridge. Gomez has shot 43.6% from 3-point territory during his collegiate career and will be joining a basketball program that won 30 games before the season was suspended after relying on its own set of transfers Malachi Flynn, KJ Feagin, and Yanni Wetzel.The arrival of Gomez will help offset the loss of Feagin, Wetzel and Flynn, if Flynn decides to remain in the NBA draft.