ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 08: Jordan Daniels #10 of the Boston College Eagles drives for a shot attempt against Scott Wood #15 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their first round game of 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 8, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
On Monday, ESPN published its summer overview of ACC hoops. Not a lot of talk about Boston College, or really outside of Tobacco Road for that matter. But the WWL does run down five storylines to look for this coming season.
ESPN's Eamonn Brennan also handicaps each programs best- and worst-case scenarios. So do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good? I thought you'd say that.
All signs point to another down year for BC, where third-year coach Steve Donahue is attempting to build a young team into a competitor, almost from scratch. Donahue doesn't have a star waiting in the recruiting wings, but eight of the nine most-used players from last year's team were freshmen. A bunch of coalescent improvement -- or at least more efficient offense from a more experienced team -- could give this team an outside shot at the NIT.
NIT bubble team this year. Back to the NCAAs in 2013. National Champions in 2014, yes?
Brennan's worst-case scenario paints a more gloomy picture, noting that BC finished as the third-worst team in the country in offensive rebounding percentage. Yeesh. Other than the addition of 6-foot-10 forward Andrew Van Nest, the Eagles didn't add all that much height to the roster. Could be another really long season on the glass and in the W-L column. Jay Bilas agrees, ranking BC last in his summer power rankings ($).
ESPN also named Ryan Anderson as BC's most important player, so there's that, too.