2009-2010 Boston College Eagles Basketball Preview
The Boston College Eagles (22- 12 overall, 9- 7 ACC) under coach Al Skinner have managed to be in the mix more times than not. In the past five seasons, they’ve been to the Big Dance four times, missing it and the NIT in 2008. The Eagles have been in the ACC a mere five seasons and have managed to hold their own in the highly competitive conference. This season, BC can certainly post another winning conference season.
In 2008- 2009, Boston College averaged 74.4 PPG (5th in the ACC) while allowing opponents 70.5 PPG (7th). Their mediocre shooting and rebounding did not help the team’s small margin of error between offensive and defensive scoring. In the conference, the Eagles were sixth in scoring, eighth in threes and seventh in rebounding margin.
Last season, his first full one with BC, the Eagles’ forward Joe Trapani (13.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.5 APG), who transferred from the University of Vermont, proved to be excellent in the low post. Overall, the front looks to have a solid stable of players with potential. Junior forward Corey Raji (9.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.5 APG) played well last season despite a limiting groin injury. Center Josh Southern (6.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.8 APG), who’s now a junior, has solid defensive skills but needs to hone his offensive abilities.
Tyrese Rice, who averaged 16.9 PPG and 5.3 APG at the point, is gone, which means that junior Biko Paris (3.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.7 APG) will be asked to step up. The good news is that Paris has some experience around him, including junior Rakim Sanders (12.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.5 APG) and sophomore Reggie Jackson (7.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.7 APG). Sophomore guard Dallas Elmore (2.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG) will be called upon to make significant contributions.
Last year, the Eagles finished sixth in the ACC and were out in the first round of March Madness after losing to USC 55- 72. This year Skinner signed no new players, which means that fans can expect more of the same from the team. With basically a nine-man rotation, they don’t have enough depth to compete for the top spot, but they will bring experience to the court and that will help keep them around the lower part of the top but not on top. This season can go either way for BC. Most likely it will be a mediocre year.