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Nebraska Basketball: The Transfer Market is a Boomin’!

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Stats show that kids these days are fine with leaving one school for another

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

You can’t count on people who don’t want to be there, you just can’t. Anytime someone in your life gets a little bit of cold feet, there’s a good chance they will bail.

The author knew this too well. He thought about this as he continued to walk towards Labrador City in Canada’s Newfoundland providence. Again, he found himself unsure of how he got out so far.

The only reason he even knew where he was headed was a sign on the outside of town stating that he had 10.5 km to go.

And no, he can’t convert it to miles.

He’s had the headache for over two weeks now. No substance can get rid of the pain drilling into his temple.

Back to the thought at hand. People’s beliefs and intentions change. They just do. No matter how hard your or the people around them try to change their mind. They just move on. Many times, without consulting you on their final decision.


Transfers are taking place all over college basketball. The NCAA keeps track and there has been a gradual increase of them over the last decade. It’s almost becoming commonplace for most teams to have at least two or three transfer out each season and then turnaround and replace those with transfers.

It is just one big transfer cycle anymore.

As of last year, roughly 40% of players who start out in Division 1 basketball will transfer to another school before the end of their sophomore year. That’s just 10% away from half of the players in the division. 46% of those kids will transfer to another Division 1 institution. So basically over half can’t cut it while the others are leaving for their own reasons.

This affected 269 out of the 347 schools who participated in Division 1 basketball last year. That’s 77% of the programs. Only 78 schools kept their team outside of graduation and quitting basketball all together.

The big question for every coach, teacher, fan, etc. is why they are leaving so soon?

The first answer a lot of times is the belief that they can get better playing time elsewhere. Many times the system just isn’t supportive of their talents. They want to go to a place that could utilize their abilities on the court. They want more playing time than they are getting and believe that they will get that elsewhere.

Another reason is coaching. Many times the recruiting side and coaching side don’t always mesh well and you can have so pretty miserable situations. These can be toxic not only to the player but the team as a whole. It’s not always apparent to the public but sometimes it’s best for all if they part ways.

Academic is also another, yet less discussed, reason. Many times these kids get into a program where they have to keep up academically and they do not rise to the occasion. Believe it or not but some schools do require their student athletes to be student, tutors and all. Now, weather they take advantage of this nice situation is entirely up to them. As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

There are many other reasons why student athletes transfer schools. You can always add family issues, health, and homesickness into the mix. We are just scratching the surface. I’ll allow you to add in the comments below why you think many of them leave. Feel free to get creative.

Point is, if you have a player who isn’t happy the chance of them leaving is higher now than it ever was. It’s not just a problem at your school. It’s a problem at just about every school. Look at the players who are going to sign to Nebraska right now. There’s a very good chance that half of them will not be here by their junior year.

Then again, the Huskers are now four deep in guys bouncing out of town so.....

Transfers, especially ones who are talented, are always a gut punch to the ego when they happen. No one want to see a player leave but it’s happening more and more every year.


The author finally made it into town. There wasn’t a single vehicle his entire walk. Then again, he wasn’t too sure what time of the day it was. It’s cloudy and the sun hasn’t shined in days according to what he has observed.

His funds are running low. Quitting his job at the end of the season wasn’t the best move but he didn’t care. He needed answers and roadblocks kept him from getting them. He feels abandoned and wants to run away from it. Running away doesn’t help, it never does. What’s behind you will eventually catch up.

Until then, he will keep searching. He just wants answers. Nebrasketball can make a man do crazy things.

Oh well, looks like the Iron Ore Company of Canada is hiring.