Junior college transfers may be the most well-known and least-understood parts of college recruiting. Unlike high school recruits who have at least four years of eligibility, junior college recruits have to be able to play immediately on campus.
For Cyclones like Tommy Demogerontas and Jordan Radcliff, this process is all too familiar. The two years spent at Moraine Valley are largely spent on improving their individual abilities in hopes of wooing programs who may not have seen them after high school.
For Radcliff specifically, this process is particularly stressful. Radcliff already transferred from a major program at Ohio State University to improve his skills at Moraine Valley. While he declined to go into details about his recruiting, he mentioned interest from several Division II programs and at least one Division I school. Demogerontas has already parlayed the improvements he’s made on the court into a scholarship to play at Northern Illinois University.
However, if athletes are unable to show they’ve made the progress needed to play on, their college hoops prospects are on life support. They could potentially try to walk-on somewhere but without a scholarship, it’s an incredibly difficult path to go down.