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Boston College Basketball Adds Old Dominion Transfer Dimitri Batten

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Jim Christian and the Eagles coaching staff have found some reinforcements for the Eagles backcourt.

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According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Boston College coach Jim Christian have found some reinforcements for the Eagles backcourt.

Batten, a 6-foot-3, 205 pound shooting guard out of Newport News, Virginia, started in all but one of the Monarchs 36 games during his junior season. He finished as the team's second leading scorer, averaging 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Batten shot 38 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from 3-point range.

The guard often played a bit out of position at the 3 for the undersized Monarchs, and faced the prospect of reduced playing time as a senior. Old Dominion added a pair of 6-foot-7 recruits to this year's incoming class.

After redshirting as a freshman, Batten played the last three seasons with ODU before announcing his intention to transfer and play his final year as a graduate student. He has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately without sitting out a year.

A three-star Rivals.com recruit out of Kecoughtan High School (Virginia), Batten drew interest from Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and VCU. This time around, Baylor, Duquesne, Hampton, Texas Southern and Norfolk State were all interested in the services of the fifth-year transfer.

This is a solid, low risk pickup for Jim Christian and the new Eagles coaching staff. Batten should see significant playing time right away at the 2 following the departure of Joe Rahon (St. Mary's), while his scholarship will only be on the books for one season. With the additions of Diallo and Batten, the Eagles have one scholarship to give in 2014-15.

Welcome to the Heights, Dimitri!