First off, I want to say if you watched even just a minute of Boston College men’s basketball last season... mad props to you! They were a difficult team to watch all year and, despite a few bright spots, the season was largely filled with losses and disappointment. To make matters even worse, you know the players you got invested in and watched develop over the course of the year? They’re almost completely gone!
That’s right, this new Earl Grant era of Boston College basketball is going to feature a lot of faces you are unfamiliar with. So let’s take a look back at all these transfers and sum up who you enjoyed watching that won’t be in an Eagles uniform next season, and what their departure means for the program.
Jay Heath, G (33.8 MPG, 14.5 PPG, 1.8 APG, 3.1 RPG)
Destination: Arizona State
Jay Heath had been a very bright spot in a couple of dreadful years for Boston College. He led the team in PPG and minutes in both of his freshman and sophomore campaigns, and it looked like he was becoming a fan favorite that could lead this team into a hopefully better era of basketball as a skilled player and leader. Alas, Heath had no interest in a rebuild and left for the greener pastures (or in this case, desert) of Arizona State.
Steffon Mitchell, F (32.6 MPG, 9.1 PPG, 1.5 APG, 7.3 RPG)
Steffon Mitchell was clearly most experienced member of last year’s BC squad and served as a definitive leader for them as they navigated COVID and a coaching change. Mitchell has been starting for BC since he was a freshman in 2017 and it was a bit of surprise to see his intention to go elsewhere. Since entering the transfer portal Mitchell has made it clear he is not returning to Boston College, though his ultimate destination is still unknown.
CJ Felder, F (27.8 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 0.9 APG, 5.9 RPG)
CJ Felder, like Jay Heath, was looking like another bright part of the future for Boston College before he announced his transfer to Florida. This past year he nicely improved into a very solid forward who could stretch the floor and hold his own in front of the rim. But he determined his talents were of better use on a team not in the midst of a rebuild, and I can hardly blame him. Incoming freshman Gianni Thompson at least may attempt to fill a similar role on next year’s team, though.
Wynston Tabbs, G (27.2 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 1.8 APG, 2.7 RPG)
Destination: East Carolina
Tabbs was one of the two transfers that happened before the season had even ended, entering the portal just after Coach Jim Christian had been fired. Tabbs was suspended for the final few weeks due to COVID protocol violations and never looked back. He was a very promising freshman a few years ago, but missed a lot of time to injury and had sort of plateaued upon his return to the court, much of which could probably be explained by his multiple stints in COVID quarantine.
Rich Kelly, G (25.4 MPG, 11.0 PPG, 2.4 APG, 1.7 RPG)
Destination: UMass Amherst
Kelly spent just one year playing for the Eagles after transferring from Quinnipiac, but his presence was immediately felt on the floor. He found himself as the Eagles’ sixth man and even starting almost half of Boston College’s games. As a player, Kelly was mostly just a pure scorer who posted one of the team’s best shooting percentages, but largely couldn’t do much else. Shooters are pretty lacking from this upcoming season’s roster, though, and Kelly would’ve been a good player to keep around for that reason.
Kamari Williams, F (12.4 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 0.3 APG, 1.2 RPG)
Destination: Miami (OH)
Williams wasn’t much of a contributor in his 2 years at Boston College. He was only able to put up about 2-3 points each game despite a decent amount of playing time and served largely as an understudy to Steffon Mitchell and CJ Felder.
Luka Kraljević, F (4.0 MPG, 1.0 PPG, 0.3 APG, 0.3 RPG)
Luka’s role since his freshman year had greatly diminished by last season. As a freshman in 2017 alongside Steffon Mitchell, Kraljević was at least getting 9 minutes each game, scoring a couple points, and hauling in a couple rebounds. But by last season, he was hardly seeing the floor and not doing much with his time while he was there. He graduated from Boston College this spring and it makes sense for him to go to grad school elsewhere and potentially find more playing time.
Andre Adams, F (0 MPG, 0 PPG, 0 APG, 0 RPG)
This guy didn’t play a single minute in a Boston College uniform. After transferring from Arizona State to Southern Utah and then to Boston College, he was dealt with a season ending injury in September of 2020 and was unable to play as an Eagle all of last season. His stats from Southern Utah, while in a weak conference, looked promising. But BC fans will never get to find out what he can do for them, assuming he does end up at another school.
Who’s still here?
Makai Ashton-Langford, G (26.4 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 3.2 APG, 3.3 RPG)
The transfer from Providence is now a senior and not ready to give up on Boston College just yet. He was one of the team’s leaders last season at the point and put up numbers much bigger than he was able to at PC. Makai will be an essential leader for next year’s team as they navigate a new head coach and a very new roster.
DeMarr Langford Jr., F (25.4 MPG, 6.7 PPG, 1.4 APG, 4.2 RPG)
Langford Jr. made an immediate impact at BC in his freshman campaign and set a reasonable standard to improve upon. While BC fans shouldn’t expect him to exactly carry the team on his back next season, his development will be crucial in forming a roster for the future as he could be one of BC’s best players a year or two down the line.
James Karnik, F (20.2 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 0.6 APG, 5.4 RPG)
Karnik was probably the most fun big man to watch at Boston College last season, as he gave the team boosts of energy with dunks and offensive rebounds that kept possessions alive. Look for him to carry the load in the frontcourt next season.
Frederick Scott, F (18.3 MPG, 7.6 PPG, 0.6 APG, 3.9 RPG)
Fred Scott quietly made a decent season for himself after transferring from Rider last year. He filled in a lot for players that had to go through COVID protocols and made the most of it, putting up more PPG than fellow forwards James Karnik, DeMarr Langford Jr., and Kamari Williams.
Justin Vander Baan, F (4.6 MPG, 0.9 PPG, 0.0 APG, 0.8 RPG)
Vander Baan was awfully quiet his freshman year at BC and didn’t make much of an impact. With another 7-footer transferring in from Mississippi State this season, it’s tough to see where Justin fits in without making big improvements.