Tad Boyle wasn't the only men's basketball coach in the Pac-12 Conference who fortified his 2017-18 roster at the tail end of the 2016-17 school year.
Two months ago in this space we updated some of the offseason moves that will reshape a league that featured three top 10 squads last year in Oregon, Arizona, and UCLA. Since then, Boyle added Serbian guard Lazar Nikolic and freshman McKinley Wright, a point guard from Minnesota, to a recruiting class that already was considered the best of Boyle's CU tenure.
While Boyle and his staff worked quickly to fill two scholarships that suddenly became available with the postseason departures of guards Bryce Peters and Thomas Akyazili, his peers and competitors around the league were doing the same. Here's a glance at some of the more prominent recent roster transactions across the league.
• Oregon lost the entire core of its Final Four team, but this week the Ducks received a key reinforcement with the addition of graduate transfer MiKyle McIntosh, a wing player from Illinois State who is eligible immediately for the Ducks. McIntosh averaged 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last year.
• Arizona, also hit hard by departures, turned into a legitimate national title contender by securing Rawle Alkins and Emmanuel Akot to the 2017-18 roster. Alkins, a freshman last year who averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, ultimately decided to return to Tucson after flirting with the NBA draft. Akot previously had committed to the Wildcats' 2018 freshman class but reclassified to the 2017 class. Akot is roundly considered a five-star prospect while being ranked among the top 20 prospects in the nation.
• New Cal coach Wyking Jones added to late recruits last week by signing Paris Austin and Austin McCullough.
Austin, a transfer from Boise State, will have to sit out the 2017-18 season but has two years of eligibility remaining. Austin averaged 8.4 points in 62 games with Boise State. He is an Oakland native who was a high school teammate of former Golden Bears star Ivan Rabb, who could be a first-round selection in next week's NBA draft.
McCullough comes to Berkeley from Portage Central High in Michigan, where he graduated as his school's all-time leading scorer. Those additions essentially replace Rabb, who left after two seasons, and guard Charlie Moore, who transferred to Kansas.
This week Akyazili signed his first pro contract with his hometown team in Antwerp, Belgium...A key under-the-radar decision will benefit Washington next season, as Noah Dickerson decided not to follow through on his original decision to transfer and will instead return to the Huskies. Dickerson, who will be a junior, was tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with 8.2 rebounds per game while adding 12.5 points per game.