For those of you who do not already know, Trent Lockett is a 6'4" 210lb junior looking to transfer from ASU. His stated reason for transferring is he wants to be closer to his ailing mom. An indirect reason is ASU is simply not competitive right now with tons of transfers and team issues (I have found nothing with Lockett saying this is even a factor, so it is entirely my own thoughts). Normally transfers have to wait a season on the sidelines, but the Slipper retweeted a source saying Lockett may get his requested a waiver. In effect, he could play immediately where ever he ends up. If Gonzaga picked him up, and he learned the system, he would certainly start in the 3 spot as he adds a good combination of rebounding, efficient outside shooting, assists, and experience. (He beats out KD largely because of his experience at the D-I level and GLE because of his outside shooting ability). The addition of Lockett would arguably make Gonzaga's backcourt one of the best in the nation, or at the very least, the absolute best in the WCC. While Gonzaga is in the mix and apparently pushing hard, I do not think we will see Locket on campus in the fall despite all Gonzaga has to offer. His mom lives in Minnesota and the Marquette Golden Eagles as well as other respected programs in the region are fighting for Lockett's services. While Gonzaga is obviously the best program and has the best fans, programs closer to Minnesota like the Marguette would better satisfy his desire to be closer to home. Looking at this from an NCAA wavier request standpoint, if he chose to go to a program in the Minnesota region it would better support his request. Gonzaga's distance to Minnesota is unfortunately the biggest hurdle to overcome and there is little that can be done about it. If his mom's health improves, he may not even transfer, because he has said he may stay at ASU to finish out his career. Whatever happens, here is to hoping his mom gets better.
Link to stats: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/45856/trent-lockett
Link to transfer reasons: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7721136/trent-lockett-weighing-transfer-arizona-state-sun-devils