Niagara Gazette


January 31, 2013

First place on the line tonight at the Gallagher Center


Niagara Gazette — "People go places where they really think they can play but it doesn't work out," White said. "Sometimes you have to transfer and go somewhere else before you feel comfortable and fit in with the guys you play with and the coaches."

"We like transfers," Mihalich said. "But you have to be careful how many you take. You don't want to have a team full of transfers."

Coaches also have to deal with players deciding to transfer if they don't receive enough playing time.

"It starts at an early age," Mihalich said. "Kids don't like their high school, transfer and go play somewhere else. Kids don't like their AAU team, go play somewhere else. People don't work through their problems as much any more."

There are also cases when underachieving players are buried on the bench by coaches hoping they will choose to transfer and free up a scholarship. And in an emerging trend that has yet to hit the MAAC, high-achieving underclassmen are "up-transferring" from mid- to high-major programs.

"It's become acceptable," Mihalich said. "You know going in it could happen. You don't want it to happen, but as a coach, your hands are tied a little bit. You don't want to burn bridges. You can't deny a kid from transferring. It gets a little delicate sometimes."

It could become even more acceptable as the NCAA considers new legislation that would allow players carrying a grade-point average of 2.6 or higher to transfer without having to spent a redshirt year in residence. Currently, transfers can play right away if they have already earned their bachelor's degree, like White did, or if granted a hardship waiver because of a family situation, which is how Baron became eligible to play for his father at Canisius this season.

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