Anderson's honors good indicator for future success
Earlier this week, the ACC media elected Ryan Anderson to the all-freshman team. Call this season a rebuilding project or call it a letdown, but you have to call Anderson's honor is a silver lining. By winning the award, we can probably predict future success for the freshman. He's also probably a guy we can build around. Just look at the track record of past honorees.
All ACC freshman
2005-06 Tyrese Rice -- 2,000 point scorer, first team All ACC as a JR
All Big East freshman
1979-80 John Bagley -- first team All Big East twice
1980-81 Martin Clark -- 1,000 point scorer and two time BC captain
1980-81 Jay Murphy -- scored 1,795 points and made three All Big East teams
1984-85 Skip Barry -- Only 553 in three years at BC. One of the few that didn't have a great career at BC
1985-86 Dana Barros -- First BC player to scorer more than 2,000 points. Led Big East in scoring twice
1987-88 Corey Beasley -- Decent BC career but never dominant.
1990-91 Bill Curley -- twice elected first team All Big East, 2,102 career points
1993-94 Danya Abrams -- elected first team team All Big three times, 2,053 career points
1995-96 James “Scoonie” Penn -- transferred to Ohio State but was part of two NCAA tournament teams at BC and part of the Big East Championship team in 1997
1999-00 Troy Bell -- two-time Big East player of the year, BC's all-time leading scorer
2002-03 Craig Smith -- 2,349 career points, 1st team All ACC and 1st team Big East (twice)
2003-04 Jared Dudley -- ACC Player of the Year, 2,071 career points
2004-05 Sean William -- BC's all-time leading shot blocker
I don't know if Anderson will score 2,000 points, but he's got an all around game that can serve as Donahue's foundation. But if you look at our most successful times, good freshman were followed by more good freshmen. That means that Donahue needs to have an impact guy next year too if we want things to truly turnaround.