As we should know by now, Coach Beard has a knack for using graduate transfers to build his teams and give them experience. He first got Anthony Livingston from Arkansas State, he then used Tariq Owens and Matt Mooney this season to make his teams better. Both Mooeny and Owens started and made a profound impact on this team while on this Tournament run.
Beard and his staff has approximately 2 scholarships left after this season with Jarrett Culver most likely leaving to pursue the NBA. I envision Beard using at least one of these scholarships to get a Graduate Transfer. Here are two I envision him going after:
Shakur Juiston: 6’7, Small Forward, UNLV
Juiston is a really athletic small forward that plays like a big. His 2018-2019 season was shortened by injury, tearing his meniscus requiring surgery in the early parts of the conference season. In his first season with the team, he averaged a double-double, with 14.6 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Juiston is athletic and would help this team with his size and length to guard more than one position. He would most likely play the power forward position in this offense and would have to get a bit better at shooting free-throws as he only shot 57% this past season. He could fit in as a huge rebounder and defender for this team. He can also score the rock, as he put up double digit averages in both of his seasons as a Running Rebel.
Rayjon Tucker: 6’5, Guard, Arkansas Little Rock
Tucker is the best graduate transfer out there this season. He averaged 20 points this past season for a bad team in Arkansas Little Rock. He transferred from Florida Gulf Coast after a couple of decent seasons there. He is an elite three point shooter, shooting 42% from behind the arc this season.
Tucker is also a great rebounder, leading his team with 6.7 per game this last season. He is a very athletic guard that could come in and produce immediately for this team. I would compare him to a less defensive minded Matt Mooney. He would most likely play the wing position for this team and I could honestly see him fitting in as a great sixth man for Beard’s team.
Both of these guys could make an immediate impact on this team, with their scoring and size, they could become good players in this system. According to reports, Beard and his staff have already reached out to Tucker and should get him in for a visit soon. Juiston should be contacted sometime in the near future.
Do you guys think there are other Graduate Transfers that the Red Raiders should go after? let us know in the comment section below!