Thursday, January 21, 2010

Big recruit for women's hoops and other links

BC landed the commitment of mega recruit Justine Hartman. The California native is now the centerpiece of the 2011 class and should compliment the already strong 2010 group. If we were recruiting like this in football or men's hoops, the hype would be through the roof.


Earlier this week Pat Forde lumped our basketball team with other historically underachieving programs.


Even though they didn't win the conference, HD ranked the 2007 team as the 3rd best ACC team of the '00. She also listed the comeback at Lane Stadium as the best game of the decade.


Herzy's younger brother won Jim Henry Award. Brad is headed to Brown next year and will play along side Matt Ryan's younger brother.

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25 Comments:

At 4:03 AM, Blogger Walter said...

Some day when I'm bored I'm going to go through all the coverage Forde has ever done on Boston College. I would love to find that it's just that my memory is faulty, but every miserable thing he says is always, only negative.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Erik said...

I wonder if the Sailing team is bringing in more Top Ten talent?

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Also, Walter, if you're reading BC info at 4:03 AM, then you definitely going to find the time to read all of Forde's coverage!

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Forde is a dummy and the Forde Yard Dash is lame. Kinda along the same gimmicky nonsense as Scott Clark's "Out of this world" schtick for any of you New Yorkers.

A Herzlich and a Ryan both being on a team that is not BC makes me feel dirty.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Maybe Brown should play Weber State

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

Great news for women's hoops.

And, I am not surprised.

Recently, I had the good fortune to attend a BC event where BC's coach Sylvia Crawley spoke. She was incredible. Not only does she have a really impressive hoops resume, she was a class act and really showed a deep commitment to her players' success after their basketball careers are over.

Here is a blurb on Coach Crawley from the BC website.

Crawley played at both the collegiate and professional levels, prior to joining the coaching ranks. She was a member of the 1993-94 North Carolina team that posted a 33-2 record and captured the National Championship in dramatic fashion on a buzzer-beater. Crawley, who was the team captain, earned the Final Four Coaches' MVP and was named to the East Region All-Tournament Team. She also helped North Carolina to the 1994 ACC Tournament championship and was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team.

Crawley finished her career at UNC with 124 games played, 101 started, 1,158 points, 582 rebounds, 123 blocks and 90 steals. She ranks fifth on the UNC career charts in blocks (123) and seventh in field goal percentage (51.4). On Feb. 27, 2000, Crawley watched as her number - 00 - was hoisted to the rafters of Carmichael Auditorium. Crawley is one of the 11 Tarheels players to have their numbers hang from the rafters.

On the professional level, Crawley played overseas in France and Spain from 1994-1996. She competed in 16 different countries in 12 years of professional basketball experience. Crawley was a premiere player for the Colorado Explosion in the American Basketball League (ABL). In 1998, Crawley won the women's ABL Inaugural Slam Dunk Contest with a blind-folded dunk. In 1998-99, Crawley was traded to the Portland Power and then in Italy from 1999 to 2000 before joining Portland Fire in the WNBA. She was then sent into the dispersal draft and sent to the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Crawley also played for the United States, earning the silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She was named the 1995 USA Basketball Player of the Year. Crawley was a member of the 1994 US Select team and was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team, which also earned a silver medal. Crawley was also a member of the 1996 Jones Cup team and earned second-team tournament honors. She had a team-high 10 blocks in the tournament. Crawley was also a member of the 1999 Pan Am Games team.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger eagle1331 said...

This is from ESPN's running blog at the East-West Shrine Game practice:

We'll take McLaughlin any time
Boston College LB Mike McLaughlin is a bad ass. He can play on our team any time, any day in whatever we're playing. It's been only a practice and a half, but he's clearly the emotional leader of the East defense. He's limited physically and may never be a starter in the league, but he's the type of guy who makes a team better. The more guys like him you have on the back end of your roster makes your team better.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Erik said...

By reading a Globe HS article, it mentions that the Noels (therefor BC player Jim) lost two uncles in the Haiti earthquake. Sorry to hear about this.

http://www.boston.com/sports/schools/basketball/articles/2010/01/20/aftershocks_in_everett/

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

Forde forgot about 1985 when our loss to Memphis State left us out of a finall four that would have been all Big East.

Forde is a meathead. Look up his article about Matt Ryan being overrated before Ryan senior season. Forde is punk who got the thin letter from John Mahoney and was forced to go to MIZZOU

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

fyi- i am at work. should have proofread

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger CT said...

Not a big fan of the Forde yard dash or whatever stylistically weird niche he's trying to carve out for himself at espn, but...he's right. At least about this. When the likes of LSU, George Mason, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State have made recent trips to the Final Four, it's inane that we've made but, what, one Sweet 16 appearance this decade? Must've hit our quota for the decade. Losing to UW-Milwaukee in '05 and USC in '01 cements the award.

That women's hoops program looks like it's taking off again. Wow. Impressive.

I'm pretty sure Erik that the Sailing team finds "BC kids" who were overlooked by other fine sailing programs and operate the masts and stuff with a chip on their shoulder. Harvard might have a better bball team, but BC dominates the boats. I wonder if the sailing coach has a moustache?

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Erik said...

moustache? I assumed whale pants and Vineyard Vines ties.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Alex L. said...

CT beat me to it. But Forde is absolutely right. And he worded it perfectly. You'd think with merely the number of BC teams that have made it to the tourney, that we'd have to make it to the final four once in a while.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Harry Collins said...

Should be an asterisk after BC. 11 seasons were with Jim O'Brien at the helm. Hard to make the Final Four when you are last in your conference.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger matthew2 said...

more Herzy from from ESPN main page...

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/ncf/news/story?id=4846399

good stuff

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger blist said...

Jimmy O'Brien was rebuilding the program after it was gutted by a gambling scandal. He did a heck of a good job, git BC to the elite 8 - and he then made OSU a final 4 team.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Dan said...

2 pictures of Herzlich at practice today with hair/beard coming in on the BC Rivals page. Awesome!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/teams/bbf

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Jud Apatow? said...

a bro-mance, dan?

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Dan said...

You clearly don't have a clue.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger CT said...

Hard to make the Final Four when you lose the first weekend of the tourney, too. Of course, we haven't gotten close to the Elite 8 since, save '06, which was a Final Four-talent team, but whatever. Details. Here's to being competitive and signature wins that are 2 pt losses to Duke.

Go Herzy.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Jud Apatow? said...

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At 10:12 PM, Blogger Harry Collins said...

Blist - you are off by about 10 years, gambling scandal took place in the late 70s, O'Brien took over the program in the late 80s. In between, Gary Williams had some big-time success (think John Bagley, Michael Adams).

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger CT said...

Truth be told, Williams made the NCAAs twice in four years at BC, and made the Sweet 16 once. He had an overall losing conference record. He finished 1st, 4th, 6th, and 7th in conference during his tenure. Don't know if that's all that mind-blowing, but he certainly hit his stride at Md.

Check this out...sound familiar?

"Williams has gained a reputation as a recruiter who almost exclusively goes after less-heralded players ("diamonds in the rough") and develops them into major Division I talents. An opposing coach, Dave Odom, once said in a newspaper interview that Williams "has made a living off of the player who is maybe one or two tools short of the complete package (say, height or leaping ability), but who competes hard and plays with a chip on his shoulder." True enough, much of his success in the years since the university worked itself out of NCAA sanctions is due to players that fit that mold. Williams has vehemently defended his recruiting methods on numerous occasions; in a 2001 ESPN interview, Williams remarked, "Satisfaction in your job to me isn't just getting some list and saying, 'OK, that guy is rated top in the country. OK, we have to recruit him to be a good coaching staff'...Why not be a coach instead of a used car salesman?"1

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger morrina said...

Say what you want about O'Brien, and how does Forde not mention this: in the 94 tournament we beat the #1 seed and defending national champs UNC and then a Knight coached Indiana, back-to-back. That's no small feat.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger blist said...

Harry, you're right, I was way off. I wonder why I liked J O'B so much

 

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