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Boston College Basketball: Decision On Dennis Clifford Expected In 2-3 Weeks

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The Eagles big man has been sidelined with knee troubles all season.


According to the Boston Herald's Tom Layman, a decision on whether or not to redshirt junior center Dennis Clifford will come in the next 2-3 weeks. It's looking increasingly likely Clifford's junior year may be over before it even begins.

Clifford had a procedure to alleviate arthritis pain in both knees during the offseason, and had one more round of injections about a month ago with the goal of being ready to play for the middle of December. But now, a source told the Herald, the hope is that Clifford can be available when ACC play begins for BC in the first week of January.

If he can't go then, the source indicated Clifford would be forced to redshirt, with a definitive decision likely in 2-3 weeks.

Donahue wouldn't comment on Clifford but added that he consider's his health a "game-to-game" situation.

Adding Clifford back to the lineup would be a boost to BC, though I don't think it would be the addition that helps right the sinking ship. At 7-foot-1, Clifford could log significant minutes at center, allowing Anderson to move back to power forward. Clifford would also spell K.C. Caudill, who has been logging some serious minutes over the past few games at the 5. Will Magarity has also seen time at center coming off the bench, but it doesn't look like he's ready to assume the starting role.

While it sounds like Clifford is able to shoot around with the team, I'm still hopeful that Donahue decides to shut him down for the year. The only real reason not to redshirt Clifford at this point would be if he wants to go or if Donahue, whose seat has grown increasingly warm after a 4-7 start to a season filled with promise, decides to pull out all the stops in an effort to save his job. Then again, shutting down Clifford and pointing to the injury could also be used as justification to give Donahue one more season on the Heights with his seniors.

Redshirting Clifford would also help with the Eagles' scholarship imbalance. At present, the program will need to replace seven scholarship players in the 2015 class (Anderson, Caudill, Clifford, Dragicevich, Heckmann, Jackson and Odio). Eight if Olivier Hanlan decides to leave school after his junior year.