There’s over 480 NCAA Transfers to this date with more coming almost by the hour. The number is expected to reach well over 750.

Coaching changes, poor fits, coaches recruiting over players, players choosing the wrong level, moving up or down in levels are all some of the factors that go into student-athletes making the transfer decision.

Considering the number of total Canadians playing NCAA basketball, the ratio is not so bad; the majority seem to be in good fits for the time being.

Here are the total number of Canadian players from this past season on both the men’s and women’s side.

Total men D1: 100 (112 on team rosters)
Total men D2: 33 (40 on team  rosters)
Total women D1:  83 (100 on team rosters)
Total women D2: 19 (20 on team rosters)
Statistics provided by Hasan Alanam – NCAA Stat Tracker

Of the 390+ transfers, 9 of them are Canadian. Of the names of talent players below, some are open to moving to another program in the NCAA to take a redshirt year while others are open to the idea of coming back to Canada to complete their university careers at the USports level.

The most highly sought after is Joseph Chartouny who is coming off of 3 years at Fordham where he built a list of accolades through his production.

Chartouny and Otas Iyekekpolor are the only two that will be immediately eligible.

Things are really heating up as Toronto’s Koby McEwen is receiving calls from big programs like Iowa State, Oregon and Ohio State among others.

Chartouny’s Accolades

  • 2016 A10 Rookie of the Year
  • 2017-2018 led the NCAA in steals (averaged 3.2 spg)
  • 2017 A-10 All Academic Team

Koby McEwen HM interest

Since receiving his release from Utah State, McEwen and his family have been receiving calls from high major programs who are interested in his services. He’s set to sit one and play two, having already played two seasons.

Ohio State, Tennessee, Creighton, Oregon and others have all showed interest in the Canadian guard. McEwen wrapped up the 2017-2018 season having averaged 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 3.2 apg.

For full inquiries on scouting reports, evaluations and player rankings, contact info on the top Canadian talent email

First Name Last Name Ht Wt Pos Transferring From Eligible Immediately Year
Joseph Chartouny 6’3 205 PG Fordham Yes Junior
Marcus Carr 6’1 185 PG Pittsburgh Freshman
Shamiel Stevenson 6’6 230 F Pittsburgh Freshman
Koby McEwen 6’3 180 PG Utah State Sophomore
Jamar Ergas 6’4 190 SG Washington State
Brandon Cyrus 6’5 187 SG DePaul Sophomore
Nate Darling 6’4 180 SG UAB Sophomore
Otas Iyekekpolor 6’8 220 PF Central Arkansas Yes Redshirt Junior
Julian Roche 6’11 245 C Santa Clara Freshman
Elias Sbiet

Written by Elias Sbiet

Elias is the National Recruiting Analyst at NPH, keeping you up to date with Canadian basketball news on Canada's top prospects. You will find Elias at events across North America providing coverage and evaluating talent. He has been involved in the game as a scout, servicing NCAA, CIS and NBA teams for nearly a decade.


One thought on “Canadian 2018 NCAA Transfer List

  1. Terry Shenk says:

    Pitt freshman Shamiel Stevenson announced on Instagram that he will remain with the Panthers after previously requesting his release from the team on March 16. His announcement came shortly after Jeff Capel was named Pitt’s new head coach on Tuesday.

    Officially listed on Pitt’s roster as both a guard and a forward, Stevenson was one of Pitt’s more versatile players during the 2017-18 season, as he averaged 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. In his first year in Pittsburgh, he was the only player other than Ryan Luther to put up more than four points and grab more than four rebounds per game.

    In December, then-head coach Kevin Stallings described Stevenson as a potential difference-maker for the Panthers, provided he could turn a corner and start contributing regularly.

    “He’s a guy from a talent perspective that has a chance to be a difference-maker over the course of his career,” Stallings said, according to Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m not saying he’s an all-league player right now or anything like that, but he’s got a chance to be a guy that can get a lot of things done.”

    Stallings’ vision never quite came to fruition, as Stevenson struggled with consistency despite spells of excellence during the conference schedule.

    In 19 ACC games, Stevenson was held to eight points or fewer 11 times. He was also an iffy free-throw shooter, as he made just 60.7 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. With that said, he also led Pitt’s regular starters in field-goal percentage, converting 50.5 percent of his shots from the field, including 37.5 percent of his three-point attempts.

    While the news about Stevenson is certainly positive, it’s worth noting that Capel is not obligated to allow the return of players who were previously granted their release from the program, according to Meyer, who said those players had been “given bad advice.”

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