Boston College Junior F Ryan Anderson announced via Twitter this afternoon his intention to transfer from BC:
I have decided to transfer from BC. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last 3 yrs. Proud I was able to be an Eagle #RIPDK— Ryan Anderson (@_AndersonBC12) April 7, 2014
Anderson's decision to leave the Heights creates a massive void in the Eagles' frontcourt. Anderson, who earned an honorable mention All-ACC nod this season, was BC's leading rebounder (7.3 per game) and second-leading scorer (14.3 points per game). Defensively, he tied for the team lead in steals (24) and was second in blocked shots (20). A pure power forward, Anderson played much of the 2013-2014 out of position at center due BC's lack of frontcourt depth, which was magnified by Dennis Clifford's nearly season-long absence due to injury.
Assuming Clifford comes back healthy next season, new BC head coach Jim Christian will likely look to some combination of Clifford and fellow rising Senior Eddie Odio and [fixed] rising Sophomore Will Magarity to replace Anderson's production. Christian may also fill Anderson's roster spot and scholarship with a big man.
Anderson's announcement is no surprise. The Boston Globe first reported prior to the ACC tournament that Anderson was one of a number of Eagles questioning his future at BC amidst a potential coaching change. Rumors swirled that he actually put in for his transfer shortly after former head coach Steve Donahue was fired, only to be asked by the BC Athletic Department to wait until a new coach had been hired to finalize his decision. It remains unclear where Anderson will land as well as whether he'll have to sit out a season before playing out the last of his eligibility.
Best of luck, Ryan. Thanks for all of your contributions to BC. You will be missed.