Home » Columns »Your Phil of Hoops » Currently Reading:

Boston College gains confidence before the break

December 28, 2011 Columns, Your Phil of Hoops No Comments
bostoncollege

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College has come back from the Christmas break in a better place than they were before it. In fact, it’s better than where they were over a week before their last game, as their 83-73 win over Sacred Heart last Wednesday was their third straight.

 

With a young team, confidence is big, and head coach Steve Donahue has been talking about that all along. He knew the wins would be hard to come by and keeping up confidence would be a battle. There was no question the players would get better, and Donahue has constantly said that the players are doing what he has asked of them and then some. There hasn’t been a complaint about the effort and work ethic, and that’s not to be underestimated.

 

“Their effort is the same, their consistency in terms of execution is starting to get better,” said Donahue. “You kind of know what you can expect in a game now, and it makes you feel a lot better than earlier in the year, when I wasn’t sure what to expect at times.”

 

Looking just at individual players, it’s noticeable. Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford look like they’re starting to round into a reasonable frontcourt duo. K.C. Caudill has to improve his conditioning, among other things, but Anderson scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and Clifford set a new career high with 16 points and tied another with three blocked shots against Sacred Heart and is getting more consistent.

 

The perimeter is the bigger area, and one can see the progress reflected more. Lonnie Jackson has come alive and looks ready to play more minutes and take on a bigger role after scoring 26 against Bryant and having a big second half, including several key shots, against Sacred Heart. Jackson didn’t score in the first half but hit all four of his shots in the second. That, along with junior Matt Humphrey looking much more comfortable, has helped offset the difficulty Patrick Heckmann, arguably the most talented of the freshmen, had the last time out.

 

The point guard spot looked like a question mark early on, and while it’s not exactly the strongest area on the team, the Eagles look to be in a better place there now. Jordan Daniels looks much more at home and seems to be better every time out, while Gabe Moton is giving them solid minutes off the bench, especially at the defensive end.

 

“I think we’re a much better basketball team now that we can rely on Jordan to handle the ball,” said Donahue. “Early on, I thought it was an adventure at times to get the ball over halfcourt and get us into something.”

 

Daniels didn’t have a banner evening against Sacred Heart, but he still had four assists and two turnovers to lead the way as the Eagles had 16 assists and 13 turnovers. It marked the fourth time all season they had more assists than turnovers, and as a possible sign of momentum, it was the second straight game in which they did that.

 

Boston College won’t be the favorite against Harvard on Thursday night, and not just because the Eagles have lost three straight to the Crimson. The Crimson are simply a better team right now, and a case could be made that they were the better team last year as well. Even so, the Eagles will come into the game in a much better place than they were a couple of weeks ago, and while a win will be viewed as an upset, it wouldn’t be as much of a shocker as it would be a few weeks earlier.

 

“It’s huge,” said Donahue of winning three straight. “We’re been through a lot already in these couple of months. We’ve got a little more understanding of what it takes to win now. I think it’s huge that you have success, and they start believing even more, and then it snowballs.”

Comment on this Article:







Advertisement

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Your Phil of Hoops

Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

April 11, 2014 by

bostonuniversity

Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

hofstra

The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

cornell

Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

Hoopville Archives

2014 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.

Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors hold college showcase

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors, two of the largest programs in Massachusetts, teamed up for a college showcase on Wednesday night. Here are some evaluations from that event.

Massachusetts 11th grade AAU Tournament recap

Teams gathered at Mass Premier Courts to chase the state title in the oldest age group, and one champion was a familiar one.

Travel team profile: All For One

All For One has been one of the better travel programs in Massachusetts for players before they reach high school

Travel team profile: Blackstone Valley Chaos

Size and options on the wing are not lacking for this year’s junior team

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

October 20, 2014 by

marianapolis

Marianapolis Prep is far from loaded with talent, but they have enough perimeter talent to be dangerous. As is usually the case, they will battle and be a tough out in Class AA.

New Vermont Academy coach has put together a contender

October 17, 2014 by

vermontacademy

Vermont Academy has a new coach for the second year in a row, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. They have enough talent to win a lot of games and make a deep run in NEPSAC Class AA.

The Master’s School has good students and talent

October 15, 2014 by

mastersschool

The Master’s School has a number of good students, and they will continue to head to college later. This time around, they also have some talent on the hardwood and should win a few more games.

Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

October 13, 2014 by

riversschool

The Rivers School had a breakthrough season last year, winning the Independent School League. They will try to build on that with a team that loses a lot but also returns a lot from last season’s team.

Tabor Academy looks to have more depth this time around

October 13, 2014 by

taboracademy

Tabor Academy will once again be headlined by a frontcourt player. This time around, though, the Seawolves appear to have a deeper support cast than in recent years.