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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

November 2nd, 2006

By Joel Welser

jwelser@collegehoops.net

Broadcast Basketball

 

Boston College Eagles

 

Overall Rank: #10

Conference Rank: #2 ACC

 

2005-06: 28-8, 11-5, 3rd

2005-06 postseason: NCAA

 

After another successful season on Chestnut Hill, Boston College begins the new era without Craig Smith.  Despite the recent accomplishments, the Eagles leave a sense of underachievement when it comes to March.  Victories in Tobacco Road are only so nice when compared to losses against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Villanova when it matters the most.

 

Who’s Out: Smith averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game during his senior season.  Not only will those numbers be greatly missed, but the effectiveness of the rest of the team could be diminished, specifically returning senior Jared Dudley, without Smith’s presence on the court.  Starting point guard Louis Hinnant has also wrapped up his career for the Eagles.  After averaging 7.5 points and 4.6 assists, Hinnant will leave behind a team that needs to find a new floor leader.  Seldom used Ted Dunlap and Evan Neisler won’t be suiting up for Boston College this season.

 

Who’s In: Nobody is better at finding diamonds in the rough than Coach Al Skinner.  Up front the pressure is put on Shamari Spears to become the next Smith or Dudley.  Spears will do the dirty work under the basket and do it well.  The 6-6, 245 pounder is a little undersized and needs to continue to work on his shot, but he should find some minutes as a freshman.  Tyrelle Blair, a 6-11 transfer from Loyola-Chicago, could find some minutes as a reserve.  Daye Kaba has a decent shot and can get to the basket and Coach Skinner will need him to provide some depth in the backcourt.  With a little strength and experience, Tyler Roche has the potential to develop into a nice pickup for the Eagles.  The 6-7 small forward has a terrific shot.  It may be difficult for the two time New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year to find minutes as a freshman, but in a year or two Roche should be a solid contributor.

 

Who to Watch: There is a lot of depth in the frontcourt, which means Dudley will most likely spend his time at three and not the four.  Dudley averaged 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last year and even better things are expected for his senior campaign.  The post spots can be mixed up a bit with the absence of Smith.  Sean Williams is a great talent with major NBA potential.  After seeing limited minutes off the bench last year, Williams will make a lot more noise this year, or so BC fans hope.  John Oates started all 36 games last year, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 boards.  The numbers aren’t huge, but Oates is an experienced big body.  Akida McLain, a 6-8 junior, will provide even more experience off the bench.

 

Final Projection: Tyrese Rice will take over the point guard duties after a successful freshman season in which he averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 assists off the bench.  Rice is the best returning long range shooter and has enough passing ability to drive and dish to the big guys.  Marquez Haynes can fill in at either guard spot.  His outside shot isn’t great by any means, but his lightning quick first step can provide a spark off the bench.  Sean Marshall will return to the starting role at the shooting guard spot after averaging 11.1 points per game.  Rice and Marshall can become extremely dangerous if they make the outside shot with more consistency, not to mention actually stopping the opposition from doing the same.  If either can knock down the three ball, it will open up the interior where BC will do most of its damage. 

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

Projected Starting Five:

Tyrese Rice, Sophomore, Guard, 9.2 points per game

Sean Marshall, Senior, Guard, 11.1 points per game

Jared Dudley, Senior, Forward, 16.7 points per game

Sean Williams, Junior, Forward, 3.1 points per game

John Oates, Junior, Forward, 3.4 points per game

 

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