With the season opener against Florida International just a couple of days away, we have some shocking news from the Boston College Eagles basketball team. Jon Rothstein from CBS Sports is reporting that sophomore guard Jordan Daniels will be leaving Steve Donahue and the BC basketball program.
Boston College guard Jordan Daniels has left the Eagles program, per a source. Will likely transfer back to the West Coast.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 7, 2012
Hopefully we'll get some more information from Steve Donahue before the season starts, but this is quite unexpected. Daniels was thrown into the fire as a freshman last year and played admirably as one of the team's primary ball handlers. Rothstein points out that Daniels will likely be going to a team back on the West Coast. Daniels is from California, so leaving the team could be for personal reasons (to be closer to his family, etc.). As far as basketball reasons are concerned, it seemed that Daniels would be playing a smaller role on this year's squad. The arrival of Olivier Hanlon would likely push Daniels to the bench. Hanlon's size (6-4) is a big advantage over Daniels (5-8, maybe) and Donahue has been singing Hanlon's praises all summer long.
Here at BCI, Brian has been saying that it would be somewhat beneficial if some players from this sophomore class left because of the distribution of scholarships. I agree with that sentiment, but I didn't think it'd be Daniels. This is a team that lacks solid ball handlers and Daniels helped fill that void. His play was instrumental in the Eagles' upset of the Florida State Seminoles last season. Like I said, we'll probably get more information in coming days, but for now, I'm stunned.