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BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
CHRIS MANNIX
October 20, 2011
On a roster with only three returnees—and lightly experienced returnees at that—some diaper dandies will have to grow up fast
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October 20, 2011

Boston College Eagles

On a roster with only three returnees—and lightly experienced returnees at that—some diaper dandies will have to grow up fast

14

NEW HAMPSHIRE

7 PM

18

AT HOLY CROSS

7:30 PM

21

MASSACHUSETTS

7 PM

24

SAINT LOUIS* (in Anaheim)

2 PM

25

VILLANOVA OR UC RIVERSIDE* (in Anaheim)

TBA

30

PENN STATE

7:15 PM

WHEN JUNIOR GUARD REGGIE JACKSON ANNOUNCED HE WAS entering the NBA draft, that meant he would be taking 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with him. Then Joe Trapani, Corey Raji, Biko Paris and five other seniors graduated and, well, took just about everything else. "Let's just say," says Eagles coach Steve Donahue, "that we have a lot of minutes available."

To fill those minutes Donahue will lean heavily on an incoming freshman class. Ryan Anderson, a 6' 8" forward and the 2010--11 Gatorade California Player of the Year, is considered the best of the bunch, having averaged 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds last season with national powerhouse Long Beach Poly High. Anderson joins a suddenly towering frontcourt alongside 6' 10" KC Caudill and seven-foot Dennis Clifford. The added height should give BC more balance: Last season the Eagles attempted an ACC-high 802 three-pointers. "I always believed that in this system, you need good size," says Donahue, who brought his free-flowing motion offense to Boston in 2010 after 10 seasons at Cornell.

Boston College's most reliable scoring option will likely be Matt Humphrey, a junior transfer from Oregon who sat out last season. A 6' 5" guard, Humphrey averaged 5.4 points with the Ducks as a sophomore in 2009--10, showing good range (33.9% from beyond the arc) and a quick first step. After practicing with the team last season—and going against an All-ACC player in Jackson—Humphrey, Donahue says, has a strong grasp of the Eagles' up-tempo style of play. "If there is anyone on our team that can get us 20 points, Matt can," says Donahue. "He's a good, all-around ACC-level player."

Still, with only Danny Rubin (4.1 points per game), Gabe Moton (2.5) and Peter Rehnquist (0.6) returning from last season's 21--13 team, expect BC to struggle. The Eagles' nine freshmen have plenty of potential but will take their lumps against a tough ACC schedule. "I don't think we have any other choice than to let them play," says Donahue. "We know there are going to be some ups and downs. But these are talented kids, and I think as the season goes on we're going to see a lot of improvement."

THE VITALS

COACH Steve Donahue (2nd year) 21--13 (9--7 in ACC)

ASSISTANTS Nat Graham, Woody Kampmann, Akbar Waheed

2010--11 RECORD 21--13 (9--7, T-4 in ACC)

FINAL AP RANK NR

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