Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Anyone taking a quick glance at Boston College will notice that BC has a 4-7 record, almost unheard of for an ACC team that is still in the midst of out-of-conference games. However, Boston College fans and analysts closely following the Eagles basketball team should see a wealth of potential. Boston College was picked to finish dead last in the ACC at the conclusion of this season. It is hard to expect anything else this year when 7 out of your 9 scholarship players are freshmen. In fact, second-year BC head coach Steve Donahue’s entire roster is composed of strictly players he recruited. This is the definition of transition year for coach Donahue. Nonetheless, it has been exciting seeing the future of BC basketball developing and getting each game. While this year, has hit several bumps in the road and will undoubtedly continue to be a struggle. There are plenty of reasons to believe that the future is very bright for BC Basketball.
Donahue has already defied and exceeded the experts’ prognostications on BC basketball. Last year, BC was predicted to finish 10th in the ACC, which seemed reasonable considering BC had a roster consisting of only 8 scholarship players: Biko Paris, Reggie Jackson, Corey Raji, Josh Southern, Joe Trapani, Dallas Elmore, Courtney Dunn, and Gabe Moton (decommit from Air Foce). Furthermore, this was a reduced roster from the 2009-2010 BC team that had only won 15 games. Nonetheless, Donahue pulled off a 20-win season in 2010-2011.
All of the players from the 2010-2011season, except Moton, have now departed leaving the Eagles with a fresh group of new faces and a roster that consists exclusively of players recruited by second-year coach Steve Donahue. Nonetheless, the BC Eagles have shown slow but steady improvement.
There are patches of brilliance scattered throughout each BC basketball game. As this young BC squad develops and matures BC may soon become a nationally competitive team in the coming years. Donahue has struggled on the recruiting trail, and one can hope is recruiting improves overtime. Nonetheless, players like Jordan Daniels, Lonnie Jackson, Patrick Heckman, Ryan Anderson, and Dennis Clifford have demonstrated a wealth of potential. If they continue to work at it and progress, these players may become outstanding in the ACC. Caudill and Odio have yet to show much. Perhaps as they develop over the years they can become productive players. After all, very rarely are college freshmen put into the position that this freshman-laden BC roster has been put into.
The Eagles play Sacred Heart tomorrow at 7pm ET.