According to his twitter, junior guard Isaac White is transferring to Cal Baptist. Stanford basketball told me he’ll be immediately eligible, implying he’s planning to doing so as a graduate transfer.
This year Isaac averaged 4.2 points per game on a career high 40.8% from three. He started 13 games over his three years for Jerod Haase, many of those coming during his freshman year when Stanford was riddled with injuries. The staff had remarked that he was playing his best basketball near the end. They had nothing but praise for him.
White is a knockdown shooter, but frequently struggled to get looks up. He doesn’t have the quickest release, often catches the ball ill-prepared to shoot, and isn’t a great athlete by Pac-12 standards. But the move to Cal Baptist and the WAC should suit him nicely. The Lancers made the 19th most threes in the nation this season. Their star player used to average 4 points for Washington State.
At the moment, White is the lone rotational player from this year expected to depart the program. It’s likely the oft-injured Kodye Pugh will transfer, as well. White played 14.5 minutes per game this year, drawing 1 healthy scratch. With promising guard Noah Taitz joining the fold next year, his playing time was looking to be more limited.
There’s been much talk about the volume of transfers under Jerod Haase. It’s notable that only one of those (Cormac Ryan) was not a grad transfer. That means that nearly all of them are still getting their degrees, and not sitting out upon choosing a new school. According to NCAA data, graduate transfers have grown in prevalence each year. Nationwide, they were a rarity just a decade ago, and are now something that averages nearly 0.5 per team per year. The numbers have grown faster in men’s basketball than in football. Stanford football has accepted just one grad transfer to date, and men’s basketball has never accepted any.