With the approach of basketball season slowly making its way down Campanella Way, let's check in on the BC scholarship situation.
|1||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks||Darryl Hicks||OPEN||OPEN|
|2||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||Idy Diallo||OPEN|
|3||Garland Owens||Garland Owens||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|4||Ervins Meznieks||Ervins Meznieks||Ervins Meznieks||Ervins Meznieks||OPEN|
|7||Sammy Barnes-Thompkins||Sammy Barnes-Thompkins||Sammy Barnes-Thompkins||Sammy Barnes-Thompkins||OPEN|
|9||Matt Milon||Matt Milon||Matt Milon||Matt Milon||OPEN|
|10||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson||Jerome Robinson||OPEN|
|11||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner||A.J. Turner||OPEN|
|12||OPEN||Ty Graves||Ty Graves||Ty Graves||Ty Graves|
|13||Johncarlos Reyes||Johncarlos Reyes||Johncarlos Reyes||Johncarlos Reyes||
Compared to last season's roster, the Eagles have seen a significant amount of change.
It is certainly no mystery why the Eagles roster looks so much different. Aaron Brown, Eddie Odio and Alex Dragicevich all were lost due to graduation. Olivier Hanlan was drafted by the Utah Jazz. The icing on the cake came in early May when Will Magarity made the decision to transfer to Davidson to finish out his two years of eligibility.
Put simply, the Eagles are in a certain amount of trouble. Four starters from the final game of the Eagles' season last year are no longer with the team. Will Magarity who averaged 15.7 minutes per game last year would have certainly seen more playing time given the Eagles' roster attrition. He's now gone, and the Eagles are now left with a relative amount of youth at forward.
Essentially, don't expect the Eagles to be particularly strong around the basket.
One silver lining to the Eagles' forward situation might be A.J. Turner. Turner, a three star recruit on rivals.com, averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game his senior year. He should be expected to play big minutes.
Another silver lining is the acquisition of transfer guard Eli Carter. Carter, who has bounced around from Rutgers to Florida and now to BC has had some reasonable amount of success, averaging 13.8 and 14.9 points per game in his freshman and sophomore years respectively. It should be noted, however, that Carter's sophomore year was cut short due to a broken fibula. His numbers dropped off a bit at 8.8 points per game his junior year as he was coming back from his injury. With some issues with youth on the team, however, Carter is going to play a major role for the Eagles in terms of scoring.
Looking ahead on the recruiting trail, with the loss of Dennis Clifford and Carter to graduation, BC will have three scholarships open for the 2016-17 season. According to rivals.com, the Eagles have offered players such as Los Angeles native and three-star recruit Lucas Siewart and Worcester, Mass. native Kevin Marfo to come to BC for the 2016 season. If (and given the teams recruiting both these players, that's a big if) BC can bring at least one of these players to Conte Forum, it would add some depth to the forward core that could help complement the then veteran guards.
That leaves the impending departure of Dennis Clifford. While rivals.com does not have records of BC targeting another center, forward/center combination Johncarlos Reyes is a highly touted recruit out of Georgia that should see a significant amount of playing time this year.
In short, this year's team will run into issues with much of its talent leaving. But with diligent recruiting, the Eagles can have a bright future building off some tools from this year.
Until then, this season might be a long one.
Tracking basketball scholarships is an art and not a science, so do feel encouraged to keep me honest in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any mistakes or oddities.