Though expectations may be a bit low for first-year coach Steve Donahue and the BC men's basketball team this year, that doesn't mean that this year's team doesn't return some serious talent. Today, senior forward Joe Trapani was named to the short list of preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the award given to the nation's best college basketball player.
OK, well it's not much of a "shortlist," as there are 50 candidates on the list -- including 8 players from the ACC. But still, it's a pretty big honor and a testament of how far the Vermont-transfer-turned-BC star forward has come in his career.
The LA Times takes a look at BC's next recruiting target, 6-foot-6 Damiene Cain from North Hollywood, CA, noting that Donahue and the Eagles coaching staff isn't done recruiting from Southern California. BC already has commitments from guard Lonnie Jackson, forward Ryan Anderson and center K.C. Caudill -- all products of Southern California. Cain also has visits lined up with Colorado and Hawaii, and has already visited with BC and San Diego State.
Here is the BCEagles.com outlook on the season. Sounds like it will be Paris and Jackson in the backcourt, along with Trapani, Raji and Southern in the front court. Donahue has some good quotes about Biko stepping up in his senior year with a new offensive system. Hopefully Biko can play a bigger role this season.
The Eagles open the season on November 12 at home against St. Francis (NY).