Jim Christian and the Eagles have already dipped into the fifth-year transfer market once with the addition of Old Dominion guard Dimitri Batten earlier this summer. Could Boston College land one more reinforcement from the fifth-year transfer pool?
On Friday, Southern Miss rising senior forward Aaron Brown was granted a release from the school. A 6-foot-5 forward from Hackensack, Brown averaged 9.9 points a game for the Golden Eagles as a junior. Brown came to Southern Miss via Temple, where he played two seasons for the Owls before transferring to Hattiesburg.
According to the Rivals.com Southern Miss affiliate BigGoldNation.com, Brown could be taking his talents to the Heights for his fifth and final year of eligibility:
Sources tell BGN that two possible destinations for departing F Aaron Brown are Boston College & Rhode Island. @RealEagleAction @ebosshoops— BigGoldNation.com (@BigGoldNation) August 15, 2014
It's worth noting that Brown tried to transfer to Rhode Island two years ago. After announcing his intentions to leave Temple after his sophomore season, he expressed a desire to play for his former St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) head coach Dan Hurley -- now the head coach at URI. However, a move to URI would have forced Brown to sit out the next two seasons since, at the time, he was transferring within the A-10. A move from Southern Miss to BC or Rhode Island carries no such restrictions. The fifth year transfer should be eligible to play this season and has one year of eligibility remaining.
A three-star recruit according to Rivals and 247Sports, Brown originally committed to Temple; his only claimed offer. 247Sports ranked him as the 8th best recruit in New Jersey and the 63rd best small forward in the 2010 class. Following the additions of PF Idrissa Diallo and SG Dimitri Batten, BC has one scholarship to give for next year's class.