Transfer News – 5/1/2019 – Where will D.J. Harvey and Admon Gilder land?

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D.J. Harvey (Notre Dame) – The 6’6″ guard started all 29 games for the Fighting Irish this season, but is looking for greener pastures in 2019. The junior guard-to-be doubled his scoring output from his freshman to sophomore seasons, 5.8 to 10.7 PPG. A threat from the perimeter, Harvey had a bit of a down year from 3 (down to 29.9% from 33.3% in his first year).

Iowa was awarded a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament and spent most of the year ranked in or just outside of the top 25 poll. Only Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp (11.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.1 APG) and Junior forward Tyler Cook (14.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.4 APG) declared early for the NBA draft, both of whom are likely to re-evaluate their decisions following combine snubs. Projecting the pair back for next season would leave only Senior Nicholas Baer (6.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG) as the sole departing player.

The Hawkeyes shot the 3-ball a lot and were aggressive in getting to the charity stripe, primary aspects of Harvey’s game. In transferring to Iowa City, the combo guard would a vital addition to an improving Iowa team. Likely splitting time with Wieskamp and Isaiah Moss (9.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG), Harvey could slot into the starting SG spot or be a dangerous 6th man for this team.

All hope of playing for a contender remains with the Hawkeyes. None of which can be said if the guard joins Vanderbilt. The Commodores lost potential top-10 pick Darius Garland (16.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.6 APG) to a season-ending injury after 5 games and couldn’t recover the rest of the season. Losing their last 20 games of the season and going winless in conference play resulted in the firing of head coach Bryce Drew.

His replacement, Jerry Stackhouse, has the potential to reverberate strongly with recruits like cross-state rival Memphis and Penny Hardaway. Players are relishing the chance to play for relatable figures with strong pedigrees and successful professional careers. Stackhouse is entering the season with a gutted roster: 1 graduating Senior, 2 transfers and 2 draft entries. The Commodores will only have 2 players on next year’s roster that contributed more than 3.8 PPG.

The addition of Harvey would be a great sign for the new coaching regime in Nashville, but this team is thin and backcourt heavy. It is going to take a lot of surprise and instantaneous chemistry for Vanderbilt to rival the success expected of the Hawkeyes. I cannot say for sure which way the guard is leaning, but Harvey’s motivations will emerge based on his decision.

Prediction: Iowa Hawkeyes

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Admon Gilder (Texas A&M): The Texas A&M product was a key figure for former head coach Billy Kennedy’s runs to the Sweet 16 in 2 of his last 3 seasons. A ‘3 and D’ specialist, the 6’4″ guard improved his 3-point % each season in College Station. However, a blood clot in Gilder’s leg forced him to miss the entire 2018-19 season as a precaution. He was recently cleared to return to action before announcing his intentions to find a new home.

Gilder has received no shortage of suitors nationally including in-state rivals Texas, TCU, SMU and Texas Tech in addition to powers Gonzaga and Iowa State. Completing visits to Gonzaga and Texas Tech may have revealed the graduate transfer’s top 2 programs, both of which can still make noise in next year’s NCAA tournament. However, the Bulldogs and Red Raiders are losing large amounts of star power this offseason to graduation and a plethora of NBA talent. An influx of solid high school talent has slowed the drop off for each school.

The decision ahead will likely center around the overall chances of success in the post-season and the ability of the program to stay competitive. Even with 6 players declaring early for Gonzaga this season, I have to believe that a move to Spokane is more beneficial to Gilder than Chris Beard’s Red Raiders will be. A starting spot for the Bulldogs is potentially on the table giving the 5th-year Senior a chance to consistently face elite level competition nationally.

Pick: Gonzaga

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