Boston College men's basketball coach Jim Christian won't be formally introduced to fans until tomorrow's 3 p.m. press conference, but the Eagles' new coach is already making moves to fill out his coaching staff. The first coaching hire may very well come from a soon-to-be former conference rival.
Terps assistant Scott Spinelli is in "serious talks" with Boston College to become an assistant coach, Mark Turgeon said. Nothing final yet.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 7, 2014
Turgeon declined to provide specifics on Spinelli's deal, but says something that he called reporters while negotiations are ongoing— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 7, 2014
Spinelli has a reputation as an excellent recruiter and a game tactician in a career that has spanned 23 years. Over the last eight years, he has served as Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's right-hand man with stops at Wichita State, Texas A&M and now Maryland.
More on Spinelli's recruiting rep from umterps.com:
"Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connections across the country," said Turgeon. "He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind."
Spinelli has also had great success recruiting and developing players that have gone on to play in the NBA. Five of Spinelli's former players are currently playing in the NBA: Gal Mekel (Dallas Mavericks), Donald Sloan (Indiana Pacers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Alex Len (Phoenix Suns). In addition, Spinelli coached and recruited a pair of outstanding players while at Nebraska: Aleks Maric, an All-Big 12 selection at center, and Ryan Anderson, a 1,000-point career scorer with the Cornhuskers.
A Leominster, Mass. native, Spinelli played college ball at Boston University (under Mike Jarvis). A move to Christian's staff at BC would allow him to move closer to home and potentially receive a raise. The guys over at Testudo Times approve:
.@bcinterruption Sounds like he wants to be back closer to home, might get a raise. Would be a great pick up.— Dave Tucker (@TestudoDave) April 7, 2014
Sounds like just the pickup Boston College needs to revamp a coaching staff that has struggled to stock the roster with ACC talent the past few seasons.