Friday, March 23, 2012

Digesting rumors and speculation regarding incoming hoops tranfers

The season is over for most teams, so speculation regarding transfer is kicking into high gear. Donahue has not stated if his staff is seeking a transfer, but we do have scholarships to give and potential playing time. BC's biggest need is for big men who can play the 4 or 5.

Alex Oriakhi is probably the most well-known name available. Because of UConn's sanctions, he is eligible to play next year. The good news: he's from Lowell and would start immediately for BC. The bad news: he supposedly wants to play for a contender, there are questions if he is academically eligible to transfer to BC and he wasn't always on good terms with the UConn staff. Oriakhi is the prize opportunity, but based on his stated needs, I don't see BC in the mix.

Evan Smotrycz is another name to watch. He's a Massachusetts native and played in a system similar to BC's at Michigan. Supposedly he had a relationship with Donahue when Donahue tried to interest him in Cornell. We could use his size, but he will have to sit a year.

Brendan Lane can leave UCLA and play immediately. When he first announced his intentions, there was lots of message board talk about his interest in BC. He would also keep the California pipeline going. But in the week since the announcement, there's been no other reporting. I am guessing it is a long shot.

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At 9:39 AM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

Why would Smotrycz leave Michigan? I think you'd have to question his sanity if he did. They're losing one senior of note (Novak); the other two have been only marginal contributors. Smotrycz figures to be a major factor in the offense going forward on a team that is virtually guaranteed a spot at the tourney for the next two years.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

Smotcryz already announced he's leaving:

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Mike said...

"...there are questions if he is academically eligible to transfer to BC..."

Really? Heard he had a 3.6 GPA at UConn. Please explain why he might be ineligible with that type of GPA.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

Thanks MIZ. Nothing like starting my day getting bitch-slapped by the facts. I wonder if Beilein gave him a version of the Heslip talk ("I need your scholarship for some real talent").

At 1:59 PM, Blogger JD said...


He started 42 games over the past two seasons. Even if Belein recruited over him, there is more than enough room to come off the bench. I think the kid might just want to transfer...

At 3:10 PM, Blogger TheShowGoesOnLupeFiasco said...

@TheRecruitScoop BC, Clemson, Colorado, USC, Butler, Baylor, Bama, Xavier, Oregon, Temple, Bonaventure, UMass, PC & GW on Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz.

We're going after the Michigan transfer at least.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

Remember Heckmann was down to Michigan or Boston College.


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