Posted On: 09/12/18 8:13 AM
Transferring has become the norm for the high school basketball scene around America. Kids are constantly looking at other schools that will offer them a better situation either for education purposes or playing purposes to boost their stock as a player for collegiate programs. For this series, we’ll take a look at the number of key transfers who should have an impact for their respective teams this upcoming season.
Trae English | 2021 | Poly
English remains one of the more under the radar moves that will have the most impact in the area.The 5-foot-11 guard transferred from Mt. St. Joe where he helped lead the junior varsity team to an BCL title. He began the season on the freshmen team, but after throwing up 40 points in the opening game, it only made sense for him to move up. English is a tough-nosed guard that can score at an alarming rate anywhere on the floor. Defensively, he brings a pest’s mentality that allows him to spark fast break opportunities. All in all, he’s a Poly type of player and will be a key piece for them this season.
John Godinez | 2020 | Parkville
Godinez is another transfer that flew under the radar, but will have tremendous impact for his new school. The shifty, 5-foot-10 guard put up big numbers at Pikesville and will look to continue his production at Parkville for a Knights team that has a lot of talent. Godinez can score from all three levels, create open shots for others and play pesky defense. He brings entertainment and basketball IQ, something that head coach Josh Czerski desperately needed for the scorers he has.
Darrius Tilghman | 2021 | City
Tilghman adjusted nicely to the varsity level at Calvert Hall despite his team not posting a great record. Going from the MIAA A Conference to Baltimore City will be a step down competition wise, but he’ll have his share of tough match ups against teams like Poly, Mervo, Dunbar and Lake Clifton. The 6-foot-3 lefty will be featured as a combo guard with his ability to score and see the floor.City is loaded with scoring guards, so it’ll be interesting to see how the group meshes. Talent wise, they have enough to make a push in the city.
David Brown | 2021 | McDonogh
McDonogh may have one of the most young, talented rosters in the area. Brown, a transfer from St. Mary’s Ryken, is a big reason why. The 6-foot-3 guard will be featured off the ball given his ability to score. Brown can defend on the ball effectively and does the little things that it takes to get wins. Of the young core the Eagles have, he may have the most potential in terms of being a coveted collegiate prospect.
Isaac James | 2020 | Poly
Add another 6-foot-6 player to the Engineer’s roster. James is a dynamic forward that can do many things. For Patterson last season, he wasn’t able to showcase all that he has to offer because the roster was loaded with scoring guards. He’ll likely come off the bench for Poly, but he has a chance to prove his worth on a very good team. James has shown soft touch around the rim and a three-point shot off the catch. He rebounds with aggression for stints of a game and can distort shots around the rim. Given the culture at Poly that usually pushes players to the brink, it’ll be exactly the environment James needs.