Rodney Hood, F, Duke (from Miss State)
Rodney Hood's freshman year at Mississippi State was defined by what he didn't do. He didn't turn the ball over. He didn't commit fouls. He didn't force shots outside of the offense. When Rick Stansbury was forced out, Hood instantly become the hottest commodity on the transfer market. He ultimately chose Duke over Florida State and has now spent a year learning Duke's system. With Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry all departed, Hood will instantly step into a big role.
Josh Davis, F, San Diego State (from Tulane)
The much traveled Davis is now with his 3rd school (he began at NC State). He was recruited over at NC State, and then blossomed at Tulane. Now – after averaging 17.6 points and 10.7 boards as a junior – he'll step onto a team replacing key pieces in Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, James Rahon, and Deshawn Stephens. The addition of Davis in the middle instantly gives them enough that fans will begin thinking about a 5th straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Dorian Finney-Smith, F, Florida (from Virginia Tech)
Finney-Smith was a tremendously talented recruit. Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, the Hokies hadn't landed a consensus top-50 player in over a decade. Finney-Smith came in at No. 22, and with good reason. He has all the ability to become a legit wing, and at his size, that's a problem for opponents. Second, though he has the ability, he wasn't ready physically to take over games against such good talent. He was still a high school player getting by on freakish athleticism. He also wasn't mentally ready, as evidenced by his 0-25 shooting streak he went through at the beginning of ACC play. Now he's spent a year in Gainesville practicing and working on all of those flaws. This season I expect we'll most likely see a version of Finney-Smith that the Hokies fans were expecting when he was in Blacksburg.
Michael Dixon, G, Memphis (from Missouri)
Dixon is a slam dunk for this list, as he was one of the best players in the nation at Missouri. He defends, he can score from all three levels, and he makes his teammates better. You've seen him play. Enough.
Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri (from Tulsa)
Clarkson made tremendous improvements in his game from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He is a solid shooter and can get into the paint at will (drawing almost 5.5 fouls/40). He's always been a high volume guy, but his job at Mizzou will involve more distributing than he was called upon for at Tulsa. It might take him a bit to develop his point skills, but he has the intangibles to play the position. If he has the vision and leadership, look out.