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Local mid-major basketball programs face the upsides and downsides of the 'up-transfer'

Local mid-major basketball programs face the upsides and downsides of the 'up-transfer'

Near the end of this past season, Ryan Odom went to talk to Jairus Lyles about next season. The UMBC men's basketball coach knew Lyles would be the team's leading returning scorer, and knew Lyles, a fourth-year junior guard set to graduate this spring, had one more year of eligibility remaining. This made Odom hopeful. This made him anxious.

Over 800 Division I players changed schools going into the 2016-17 season, a record number. On the transfer market, Lyles would be coveted, a no-assembly-required kind of player, the rare low-major star who could go anywhere without sitting out a year. What made him valuable to the Retrievers would also make him attractive to any program with an...

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