Cal Basketball: The Exodus Continues - Vanover & Harris-Dyson Plan to Transfer

Cal's Connor Vanover had six blocked shots in one game this season.Photo by Nicole Sweet, USA Today

New coach Mark Fox facing the prospect of moving forward without five veteran players

Two more Cal basketball players, including intriguing 7-foot-3 freshman center Connor Vanover, are planning to transfer, according to a source, Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com reported on Twitter.

Sophomore shooting guard Juhwan Harris-Dyson also plans to transfer, according to Goodman.

(Click here for update on this news from Vanover's mother.)

That brings the total of potential departing players to five, with leading scorer and rebounder Justice Sueing, 3-point specialist Darius McNeill and seldom-used junior forward Roman Davis having previously announced their plans to exit.

The website, verbalcommits.com, lists the five Cal players among 579 nationwide who have put their names into the NCAA transfer portal.

Four of the five — all of them except McNeill — have made their announcements in the past week, since Cal hired Mark Fox as its new coach.

Player transfers are not uncommon after a coaching change, but this is becoming an epidemic. The five players who have indicated their desire to leave combined to score 1,119 points this past season — 53 percent of the team’s total.

Vanover, a native of Little Rock, came on strong the second half of the season to average 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds while posting a team-bests 35 blocked shots. Over the final 11 games of the season, Vanover averaged 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He scored a career-best 24 points with six blocked shots in a late-season win at Stanford.

Harris-Dyson, a 6-foot-3 native of Northridge, saw his production decline this season. After posting 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman, he averaged just 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds this season. He is 0-for-23 from the 3-point arc in two seasons.

Sueing, a 6-7 sophomore forward, is Cal’s best player. He averaged 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds this season. McNeill, a sophomore shooting guard, averaged 11.0 points this season and in two years has totaled 133 3-pointers.

Davis played in 16 games this season, averaging 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds.

If all five follow through on plans to leave, Fox will have just five returning scholarship players, led by rising senior point guard Paris Austin (11.6 points per game) and freshman shooting guard Matt Bradley (10.8).

(Click here for a story on Mark Fox's history on recruiting and player development.)

Comments