Thursday, January 20, 2005
Thank you Dan Coleman
I thought about this post in the shower this morning. Too bad Andy Katz beat me to the angle. Regardless, the homesick Gopher might have been the luckiest break BC fans ever had. Dan Coleman was a well regarded recruit from the Twin Cities. He arrived early in 2003 to practice with the team and take some classes. He was gone by August. Reportedly homesickness(but I've heard other things). Anyway, with a free scholarship, Al and Company took a flyer on a lightly recruited kid fom SoCal. A year and half later the recruit, Jared Dudley, is easily the third best player of the Skinner era (and over four years he may have a chance to be better than Bell and Smith). Last night he capped off a career-high scoring night with two clutch free throws with 5 seconds left as BC beat 'Nova 67-66. The Eagles remain undefeated and are now 4-0 in the Big East. Jared is skinny and doesn't always look pretty, but he has a great feel for the game, makes plays and does the little things. What a find. Now I don't think BC can maintain this pace for the season, but I do think this early success and combo of close wins and blowouts speaks well for their chances in March. Stay tuned.