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Mike Watkins    C    Penn State    
Watkins was arrested for the third time in two years and was charged with drug paraphernalia possession, the Centre Daily News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Watkins was also arrested in 2016 for criminal mischief and 2017 for disorderly conduct. The 6-9 forward averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Nittany Lions last year, but missed the last nine games of the season with a leg injury as Penn State won the NIT Championship.
Jermaine Jackson Jr.    G       
Jackson Jr. has gained his release from Detroit to transfer from the school, freelance reporter Jeff Goodman reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jackson decided to leave the school after it hired a new coach this offseason. As a freshman in 2017-18, Jackson averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per contest, though he will likely have to sit out a season before being eligible to take the floor at his new institution.
Jack Ballantyne    F       
Ballantyne has received his release to transfer from Detroit, freelance reporter Jeff Goodman reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballantyne will leave Detroit following the hire of Mike Davis to the head coaching position after averaging just 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest as a freshman in 2017-18. He likely won't be a highly desired target by other schools and he may have to sit out a season before being eligible to contribute.
Juwan McCloud    G       
McCloud announced on his personal Twitter account that he's transferring to Minnesota St. University.

Fantasy Analysis

McCloud saw a fairly significant amount of playing time for Northern Iowa as a sophomore, finishing with averages of 6.6 points, 2.4 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 25.9 minutes. However, he's now elected to head to Division II Minnesota State, where he'll be eligible to play immediately and should once again take on a significant role. McCloud should also have two years of eligibility remaining, giving the Mavericks a strong backcourt presence for the foreseeable future.
Myles Hanson    F    Creighton    
Hanson will transfer to Xavier after playing one season with Columbia, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hanson will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 campaign. The 6-6 forward averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.5 minutes for the Lions as a freshman. He played alongside fellow Xavier transfer Kyle Castlin.
Eli Parquet    G    Colorado    
Parquet (foot) had surgery in the spring but is expected to be ready to play when the season opens, Pat Rooney of Buffzone reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The freshman guard suffered the injury late in the season of his senior high school year and has been returning slowly to avoid re-aggravating the injury. Once healthy, he is expecting to provide an outside presence for the Buffalo as a guard who can hit a three-point shot, and his slow transition due to the foot injury shouldn't be a concern for owners this far removed from the upcoming season.
Geno Crandall    G       
Crandall is leaving North Dakota and will transfer, Marcus Fuller of the Star Tribune reports.

Fantasy Analysis

As one of the last available players who has announced their intent to transfer, Crandall has been a top target for many teams recently. The Minneapolis native currently has the University of Minnesota high on his list, but he also said he was considering Gonzaga and Xavier, among others. In his junior season, the guard averaged 16.6 points on 50 percent shooting and 42 percent from three. He is expecting to make a decision by the end of June or the Fourth of July at the latest to decide where he will play his final senior after sitting out a year per NCAA regulations.
J'Von McCormick    G    Auburn    
McCormick has signed with Auburn out of junior college, Josh Vitale of the Opelika-Auburn News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCormick will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to contribute immediately during the 2018-19 campaign. Over 28 games at Lee College last season, the 6-foot point guard averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest last season. While Jared Harper figures to serve as the starting point guard again in 2018-19, McCormick could be a valuable contributor off the bench.
Lavar Batts    G    UNC-Asheville    
Batts has committed to continuing his college career at UNC Asheville, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Batts' playing time as a freshman waned as the season went along, leading to his departure from NC State this offseason after averaging just 3.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 rebounds per contest in 2017-18. He will be forced to sit out a season, per NCAA rules, before contributing for his new school in 2019-20.
Davion Thomas    F       
Thomas has been dismissed from Middle Tennessee State and will transfer from the school, Erik Bacharach of The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Thomas averaged just three minutes per game as a freshman , but his run with the Blue Raiders has come to an end after a series of team policy violations led to his dismissal. He will likely have to sit out a season before playing for a new school, though it remains to be seen how desirable Thomas' services will be.
Tyrik Dixon    G       
Dixon has decided to transfer from Middle Tennessee.

Fantasy Analysis

Dixon joined the growing ranks of Middle Tennessee players that have moved on from the school this offseason, leaving the Blue Raiders' roster relatively bare heading into the 2018-19 campaign. He will likely have to sit out a season before contributing for his new school after averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest as a sophomore.
Antwain Johnson    G       
Johnson announced his intention to transfer from Middle Tennessee on Friday, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Johnson notched 10.3 points per game last season for the Blue Raiders, adding 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He marks the fourth Middle Tennessee player to announce his departure from the program this week, joining the likes of David Simmons, Tyrik Dixon and Davion Thomas. Johnson will be forced to sit out a season before playing out his final collegiate campaign in 2019-20.
Mayan Kiir    F    South Florida    
Kiir will transfer to South Florida, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kiir was dismissed from LSU for disciplinary reasons in late January. Head coach Will Wade noted that Kiir would have a chance to work his way back on the team. But, ultimately, Kiir chose to take his career in a different direction. Last season, during his freshman campaign, he appeared in just eight games, averaging 5.4 minutes. Due to NCAA transfer rules and regulations, Kiir will have to sit out next season with South Florida, but will then have four years of eligibility remaining.
Nick Emery    G    BYU    
Emery has been reinstated for the 2018-19 season, but he will have to sit out the first nine games of the campaign before being eligible to play, Greg Wrubell of BYUCougars.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Emery withdrew from BYU in November of last season for various personal reasons but announced on his Twitter account in late April that he would rejoin the Cougars this season. As a sophomore in 2016-17, Emery averaged 13.1 points, 3.0 rebounds 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Jahshire Hardnett started 32 of 35 games last season for the Cougars, but he will likely move back to the bench while TJ Haws would retake point guard duties for BYU when Emery returns. The full BYU basketball schedule has yet to be released, so a date for his availability can't be pinpointed at this juncture.
Zion Griffin    F    Iowa State    
Griffin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn lateral meniscus suffered a few weeks ago, but he's expected to be sidelined just 3-5 weeks before returning to full activity, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Griffin shot up recruiting boards late in the process, ultimately choosing the Cyclones over an offer from Kansas, Illinois and Illinois State. Given the recovery timetable for the injury, he should be healthy in plenty of time for the Cyclones training camp. The incoming freshman could immediately challenge for playing time with a strong showing early given the departures of Donovan Jackson and Jeff Beverly from last year's team.
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