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BC basketball notebook: Quinten Post, Earl Grant on season-opening win; women beat Holy Cross

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CHESTNUT HILL, Ma. — Boston College was dominant on Monday night in their 89-70 win over Fairfield to begin the 2023-2024 campaign. Their 89 points total is the most in a season opener since 2009, and the 19-point victory margin outpaced last season’s buzzer-beater win that opened the season. It was clear throughout the game that this edition of the Eagles is vastly improved, but there is still work to do to improve, Quinten Post explained postgame.

“This is the first one that you need to get,” he said. “I think everybody was nervous. I was a little nervous even though it’s my fifth year it’s still that first game jitters kind of come on strong,” he explained. “I think we’ve got to clean some things up sometimes we played a little too fast where we could have slowed the game down and being in control. But overall great team win.”

Post, who was dominant in the opener, scored a career-high 31 points, was an efficient 11-of-14 from the field in eluding 5-of-6 beyond the arc. Fairfield had no answer for the Boston College big man who established himself inside early.

“I mean, I think I always can start my personal game by trying to establish myself inside,” said Post. “That was working the first half and then in the second half, they kept going to the zone and we kind of were struggling to kind of figure it out.”

Earl Grant was very complimentary of Post, who looks to be the leading scorer for the second straight season for the Eagles. Post declared for the NBA Draft after last season but later revoked his name from the Draft list and returned to the Eagles. Post missed the first 13 games of last season, but he looks to stay healthy for the entirety of the year.

“Obviously, I’m just proud of I’m happy for him and thankful that he’s here,” said Grant. “You know, this is his third year putting on the Boston College jersey. You know, it’s a huge thing for us and for this program and for BC nation so he got rewarded the ACC most improved player last year, had another good spring and summer in kept getting better and it showed tonight.”

Defense

The defensive side was just as dominant for Post, logging 11 rebounds and four blocks. Overall it was a strong showing for the Eagles defensively, but there’s plenty to work on going forward.

“I think we didn’t play up to our standards, to be honest,” Post said. “I mean, I did effect a lot of shots at the rim, but that also meant that we’re getting beat — so that means that we have to just change little things. I hope that’s something I can improve on this year. Being like a defensive anchor and like blocking shots or altering shots. It probably means that we have to change something that we’re getting beat too much so that I’m getting put in that position but that’s something for next game.”

Grant went on to elaborate on BC’s help defense philosophy that the coaching staff preaches.

“We try to come over and scratch at the ball, you know, somebody drive it and we want to come over and help help our teammate,” he said. “Be in the gaps, be active, and just you know, scratch at the ball. You know, try to be an irritant. You know, get some steals and some deflections. So we work at that as a big part of our defensive scheme. Just being in the gaps and stretching at the ball.”

Team depth

Overall, this BC team is deeper than recent years. The Eagles have a bench the likes they have not experienced in some time. With all the new faces this is certainly the time for Earl to experiment and see what works. With 11 different players receiving minutes, including three making their BC debut, it was an opportunity to see a lot of new faces and combinations. For Post, this was a welcomed situation, explaining:

“I’ve played with a lot of these guys, obviously, in practice,” said Post. “We change things up a lot. Coach plays with a lot of lineups. Honestly, I can’t really say anything about that right now like trying to figure things out. What I can say is that we have 10 or 11 guys that are able to play and that’s big for us. We haven’t been as deep so I think it’s just good things.”

“Everybody who was eligible to play,” Grant explained, “so we played a lot of guys, you know, obviously you want to win, but you also got to develop and grow your team. So I thought with the subbing early, we established the early lead, and then we lost it. We lost our way for two or three minutes. In the second half, I decided not to sub as much and play more of the older veteran guys, and they reestablished and I was able to go back to some young guys.

Post, Zackery leaders of Eagles

Post, along with Jaeden Zackery, have emerged as leaders of the team. They were the team representatives at ACC Media Day and seemingly took control of the game in the second half. This duo is crucial to the future success of the team moving forward. Zackery had 10 points on four assists.

“I mean, we both know like, we’re leaders of this team,” Post said. “We’ve been here the longest. We together have to set the tone. And I think we did that in the second half. Especially defensively.”

Opening night for BC was a huge success. The energy in the building against a team like Fairfield was impressive. The students turned out and most of the lower bowl was filled.

“I loved it man,” Post said. “Big fan. Like, our media team and our marketing team did a great job. I think there’s a certain hype on our program this year. I think people know and people expect that this is going to be a breakout year and that’s how the team feels. That’s how I feel and the team feels. And I think you can kind of feel it in the air man like, yeah, I think fans were great tonight. We had to show up. I hope that the next time we’ll have more people show up and then we can turn Conte into a really hard place to play.”

Cleaning things up

Even with a 19-point victory, Grant still sees areas to improve. The ball movement was noticeably better tonight, but there are ‘patches’ to improve, including cleaning up 15 turnovers.

“Yeah, overall. It was good. We thought we had an advantage,” said Grant. “But overall the ball was really good. Again, those patches and we didn’t play as well as we needed to. That’s when the ball got stuck and we a guy suddenly pleased one on one … 32 minutes I thought we played really well and the ball movement was great. We shared it had 15 assists, which is great, but just needed to have three or four less turnovers.

“So yeah, when that stuff we can correct that stuff we can clean up and you know, we’ll we’ll go back to work in a couple of days, take them off and go back to work on wasn’t a Monday we’ll get back to work on Wednesday,” he added.

Harris Jr. 0-for-4 from 3 in debut

Claudel Harris Jr. came in with some noticeable hype not just around the BC media. He averaged 17 points at Charleston Southern last season and came in as a highly-touted transfer. However, in his BC debut, he put up nine points and went 5-for-5 at the charity strike but was 0-for-4 from beyond the arch.

“You know, first game at Conte,” Grant explained. “Everybody else been in Conte before, so they make themselves at home and I think for him first game in Conte, you know, pretty good atmosphere, so he probably has little jitters. You know, he’s been really good for us. And so I’m glad he got that jittery game out of the way and hopefully, he can go back to his normal self.”

Grant health update

Lastly, Grant provide a personal health update, as he has ditched the scooter, but is still walking around in a boot after suffering a leg injury 14 weeks ago.

“Yeah, that’d be out of the boot by now, but it’s doing fine. You know, I’m not on the scooter, I’m not in any pain. And so it’s going pretty good. Only problem is you know, after the game I couldn’t go in and dance with the guys. (They) like to see me dance but I got an easy out. But it’s doing good. I’m on week 14, and it’s been a process, man. It’s been a long process.”

Women take down Holy Cross in opener

BC women’s ball took on Holy Cross three hours prior to the men’s tipoff against Fairfield, as the Eagles took down the Crusaders, 66-61.

The Eagles were down for the entirety of the game, but remained in striking distance and finally took a lead with three minutes to go in the ballgame. They then went back-and-forth but thanks to a few mismanaged possessions by Holy Cross late, BC was able to pull away.

Two ladies led the way for the Eagles — Andrea Daley with 23 points, four assists, eight rebounds, and four steals; as well as Dontavia Waggoner, who had 18 points to go along with six boards and five steals. Teya Sidberry also added six points and as many boards.

“They all have something to prove,” head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said after the win. “They really wanna be good. They’re a pretty selfless group that just wants to be good together.”

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Eagle in the NBA! Quinten Post selected 52nd Overall by the Golden State Warriors

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QP working in the Post against Regional-Rival Harvard

For the first time ever, the NBA Draft was held over a two-day span, with the first round occurring last night at 8 PM, and the second taking place earlier this afternoon. And for Quinten Post, this meant that he had to wait an extra 20 hours for the most tumultuous event of this basketball career.

Quinten Post played three seasons under Earl Grant, who found the big man in the transfer portal prior to his inaugural season coaching the Eagles. Under Coach Grant’s tutelage, Post developed tremendously, transforming from a 2.8 point per game scorer at Mississippi State to an NBA prospect. Last season, Post averaged a 17/8/3/2 on 51% shooting from the field and 43% from behind the arc, good enough to earn the Dutchman a spot on an all-ACC team.

Throughout the 2023-24 season, everyone around the Eagles’ program knew Post would play professional basketball at some level. After all, he declared for the 2023 NBA Draft following his junior year. However, most mock drafts had Post going undrafted. But Post performed well at the NBA Combine, measuring in as the third-tallest player (behind just Zack Edey and Donovan Clingan), and impressing teams with his outside shooting.

Post was then invited to work out for Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. So, QP’s draft stock continued to rise leading up to the draft. Fast forward to Thursday afternoon, and the second round was underway. 

The second round of the NBA Draft is always unpredictable, with first-round talent falling well past their projections; teams taking chances on high-upside, yet unproven talents; and GMs looking to make moves heading into free agency. And in classic second-round fashion, Quinten Post was selected 52nd overall, with a pick originally owned by the Warriors, traded to the Trail Blazers, then to the Thunder, and then finally back to the Warriors. So, Post will be packing his bags, and heading for the Bay Area, joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on the Golden State Warriors. 

Post will likely sign a two-way contract, and see time with both the Golden State and Santa Cruz Warriors. This marks Boston College’s first NBA Draft pick since Jerome Robinson went 13th overall in the 2018 Draft, and first under Coach Grant. Best of luck in the league, QP!

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DiMauro: All in all, a solid year for BC sports

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If you are reading this, chances are your primary means of remaining connected to Boston College runs through athletics.

Oh, and we’ve been tortured souls, too, especially in recent years. We are idealists and fatalists, demanding yet forgiving, loyal and resilient, even if sometimes it feels as though we make the long trek up the cliff to Lovers Leap … only to get shoved.

All of which makes the sports year of 2023-24 a time to celebrate. Boston College did itself proud, no small occurrence given that in this unsteady (perverse?) time of expansion and realignment, schools like BC must always look their Sunday best, with no overt warts or love handles.

Women’s lacrosse, BC’s working definition of pride and joy, capped the sports season with the national championship Memorial Day weekend in Cary, NC. It was the program’s second natty in four years, a three-hour infomercial for the entire institution and more proof that, yes, it can be done at BC with the right coach.

Acacia Walker-Weinstein – you’ll note that only the letter “W” separates her from “Einstein” – not only hung a banner, but helped BC earn a distinction few other athletic programs in the country could trumpet. How many other schools made national championship games (both televised by ESPN) in two different sports fewer than two months apart?

Think about that one: Men’s hockey, during an otherwise memorable season, fell short in the national championship game. But the Sons of Greg Brown did the school proud all season. Not a bad accomplishment to see “BC in the national finals” on the ESPN scroll in mid-April (hockey) and late May (lacrosse). It’s hard to buy that kind of advertising, particularly when and if realignment and expansion happen again.

Football won a bowl game over a ranked team at Fenway Park, returns a dynamo in Thomas Castellanos and then made the splash of a cannonball, hiring Bill O’Brien as head coach. Three other women’s sports showed promise as well: field hockey (11-7, made the ACC Tournament); softball (30-24, made the ACC Tournament) and volleyball, which continues to improve steadily under coach Jason Kennedy, finished 19-13 and made the ACC Tournament.

Otherwise, baseball gets a pass as new coach Todd Interdonato assimilates to the ACC and establishes his culture; the soccer programs (3-9-5 and 3-9-6) were lousy; and I remain concerned about men’s and women’s basketball. Put it this way: Sure feels as though better players are leaving than are entering.

Off the field, “Friends Of The Heights,” BC’s Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) collective, grew massively, keeping BC competitive in a cutthroat environment. Friends Of The Heights also homered into the upper deck, hiring veteran athletic administrator Jim Paquette as its new Chief Development Officer. Paquette will advise the Board on overall development strategies, using his 16 years as an administrator at BC that specialized in fundraising.

BC’s overall cachet also made a splash on social media when Forbes Magazine named it one of the country’s “New Ivies.”

Based on its researchForbes, the century-old national business magazine, reported that American companies are souring on hiring Ivy League graduates, instead preferring high achievers from 20 other prominent universities – “Private and Public New Ivies.”

BC joins private school “New Ivies” Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Rice, Notre Dame, Southern California and Vanderbilt. Ah, to be judged by the company one keeps.

One school year hasn’t produced this much for BC in years. And it’s significant. The idea now is to build, not regress.

Full disclosure: There are many things I still don’t like. I’m told Father Leahy neither attended the Frozen Four nor the lacrosse Final Four. It is disrespectful to the players, coaches and alumni to have a leader who acts as if so much about what makes BC great is beneath him. And we still seem to have these spasms of tone deafness, such as patrolling the parking lots like stormtroopers the day of the spring football game.

But 2023-24 was an encouraging year for BC in many ways. Yes, we always want more. But we were getting less for a long time. Not this year. A tip of the cap to athletic director Blake James, his staff, the coaches and the kids.

We pause now to enjoy summer and await Labor Day night in Tallahassee. Here’s to 2024-25, hollering “Mr. Brightside” again with the kids from the crowded bleachers.

Mike DiMauro, a columnist in Connecticut, is a contributor to Eagles Daily and a member of BC’s Class of 1990. He may be reached at m.dimauro@theday.com or @BCgenius 

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Boston College lands commitment from transfer Roger McFarlane

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Earl Grant and his staff continue to rebuild the roster, landing their fourth commitment from the transfer portal in Roger McFarlane out of SE Louisiana. The guard comes to the Eagles with one year of eligibility and posted an impressive 14.8 points per game to go along with 8.6 rebounds a contest. Additionally, McFarlane impressed with an early season matchup with Auburn, posting 25 points and 11 rebounds. The Fort Lauderdale native recently visited Temple before ultimately choosing Chestnut Hill as his final collegiate destination.

Additionally, McFarlane now becomes the third guard BC has signed through the portal, joining UMBC’s Dion Brown and Clemson’s Josh Beadle. Rounding out the transfer class is center Chad Venning out of St. Bonaventure. Along with three incoming freshman, there is now one remaining scholarship spot left.

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