On his first day as BC coach, Donahue reached out to some of the most influential figures in New England youth basketball, hoping to repair crucial relationships that frayed during Skinner’s 13-year tenure. The list of elite Division 1 players from New England who have shunned BC in recent years include Erik Murphy (Florida), Nate Lubick (Georgetown), Jordan Williams (Maryland), Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut), and Carson Desrosiers (Wake Forest).
"Some terrific players have left the region, for whatever reason,’’ Donahue said. "That’s why I wanted to reach out to those guys.’’
"He’s doing all the right things,’’ Gassnola said. "Without a doubt, he’s going to change the impression some of us had of BC basketball.’’’
— At BC, his heart is in it Shows you how bad a shape Al Skinner left the team in and it is amazing how a local college coach could be so detached from local lower level basketball coaches.