Junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Joe Rahon have been named captains of this year's men's basketball team, according to a release from the school.
Anderson was an All-ACC Third Team performer last season after averaging 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. He ranked fourth in the conference in rebounding and free throw attempts, eighth in scoring, and ninth in field goal percentage. The Lakewood, Calif., resident also ranked sixth in the ACC with eight double-doubles. He led the Eagles in rebounding and was second in scoring.
Rahon was one of two players to start all 33 games last year. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He led the Eagles in minutes (35.6) and assists, was second in steals (33), third in points and fourth in rebounds. Rahon ranked third in the ACC in minutes, seventh in assists and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8). The San Diego, Calif., product ranked second among all ACC freshmen in assists and fifth in points.
As one would suspect with a roster filled with Californians, both of this season's captains hail from the Golden State. It marks the second time in program history that two players from California will serve as captains. Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall served as captains in 2006-07.
Anderson's selection as captain is fairly obvious to those that have followed the program over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward has been the most consistent and prolific scorer in the Eagles' large junior class, leading all scorers as a true freshman (11.2 ppg) and following that up with 14.9 ppg during his sophomore campaign.
As an underclassman, Rahon's selection is less obvious, though certainly not without merit. The 6-foot-2 guard from San Diego is the unquestioned workhorse of the Eagles backcourt, having started in all 33 games last year and averaging a ridiculous 35.6 minutes a game. The fact that Rahon earned the captaincy over a number of upperclassmen speaks well of his leadership potential. I also think having the captaincy split across BC's two largest classes bodes well for the future leadership of the squad.
Congratulations to both Ryan and Joe.
The Eagles are coming off a 16-17 (7-11 ACC) season in which they closed the year out strong, winning six of their final 10 games including a victory in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Practice began on September 30 and the season opens on November 8 at Providence.