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Takeaways: Quinten Post leads way as BC Improves to 4-0

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Last night, Boston College won its fourth consecutive game to start the season, taking down Harvard by a score of 73-64.

For a third straight game, the Eagles found themselves in a close game, and for a third straight game, they were able to make the winning plays they needed to. Led by Quinten Post, Jaeden Zackery, and Claudell Harris Jr., the Eagles were able to overcome a 10-point second-half deficit, and secured BC’s first 4-0 start since the 2007-2008 season. Post stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 19 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Zackery gave the Eagles 18 points, 6 rebounds, and assists, in addition to his suffocating perimeter defense. Harris Jr. had his best game in an Eagles’ uniform with 19 points and 3 assists, hitting multiple clutch shots in the second half to push BC past Harvard.

Read the full recap here.

Here’s four takeaways as BC picked up the win over Harvard.

Emerging Big 3:

With Harris Jr improving with each game, Post, Zackery, and him seem to be forming something of a big three on offense. The trio was responsible for scoring 57 of BC’s 73 points, and whenever one of the three couldn’t get a shot, someone else took over. Zackery controlled the first half, scoring 12 of his 18 in the frame. Meanwhile, Harris Jr took control in the second half, scoring 13 of his points down the stretch. With Post remaining consistent throughout the entire game, the Eagles always had multiple reliable offensive options on the floor. Fans that watched the Eagles play the past few seasons know that they have had a tendency to stagnate on offense at times. With this trio, and a more experienced supporting cast, BC should have far fewer of these stoppages on offense.

Lack of Bench Production:

While Post, Zackery, and Harris Jr. were all excellent last night, Earl Grant might have expected a bit more production from his bench. The Eagles did not score a single bench point until Elijah Strong converted on 1-of-2 free throws with 10:52 to play in the 2nd half. BC finished with just 7 total bench points, with Mason Madsen hitting a pair of layups, Chas Kelley III scoring on a drive to the basket, and Strong’s aforementioned free throw. While both Madsen and Donald Hand Jr. have proven to be sparks off the bench in previous games, Grant’s team could certainly use some more consistency off the bench. On a team that plays the physical brand of basketball that BC does, foul trouble is inevitable, so having reliable options off the bench is absolutely crucial.

Front Court:

Until the Eagles prove otherwise, front court depth will continue to be a key takeaway for me. While it was another monster game for Post, it was also another game where he had to play nearly the entire game. Just six minutes into the game, Post left the game for sophomore center Armani Mighty, who only stayed on the court for 48 seconds after fouling in consecutive possessions. And in the second half, Post was on the floor for nearly 19 consecutive minutes, before leaving the game with the victory all but secured. And it certainly did not help that Devin McGlockton was off the floor for most of the second half with foul trouble. However, this forced Grant to put freshman forward Strong in the game. Strong had not played a single minute since the season opener, but provided the Eagles with an energetic 5 minutes, hounding the offensive boards. If Strong can continue to provide productive minutes off the bench, perhaps he can be an answer in the front court for Grant.

More Winning!

As mentioned in the recap, for the first time since 2007, Boston College has started the season 4-0. In each of the last three games, the Eagles fell behind in the second half. And in each of the last three games, the Eagles were able to find ways to win. Many have said this, but in past seasons, Boston College simply does not win these games. And the fact that the Eagles have been able to consistently win these close games is a sign of a maturing group. Should these winning habits translate into ACC play, Boston College could be poised to make a lot of noise in the Conference.

What’s Next:

Following this victory, the undefeated Eagles fly to Kansas City, Missouri to participate in the Hall of Fame Classic. Boston College will first take on Colorado State in the semifinals on Wednesday the 23rd. Should the Eagles win on Wednesday, they would likely face 8th-ranked Creighton in the finals. Should they lose, they would likely face Loyola-Chicago, who they would likely be favored against. The tournament will be a great experience for the Eagles, as Colorado State is ranked 54th in the KenPom rankings, and a top-10 opponent is always an excellent test. The Eagles return to Conte Forum on Saturday December 2nd, where they will take on NC State Wolfpack.

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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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Roster Revamp: Kany Tchanda’s Late Commitment Nearly Completes the Eagles’ 2024-25 Team

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Tchanda Showcasing his Elite Athleticism for Sunrise Christian Academy

After a wild couple of weeks in the world of college basketball, with thousands of players leaving their schools, the transfer portal buzz has finally started to cool down. And the Boston College basketball roster has undergone some major reconstruction, even by today’s standards. The Eagles saw six of their key returners enter their name in the portal: Jaeden Zackery, Mason Madsen, Claudell Harris Jr, Prince Aligbe, Devin McGlockton, and Armani Mighty. And, in relatively short order, brought in three names to replace them: Chad Venning, Josh Beadle, and Dion Brown (and nearly one more that I won’t mention). However, after the flurry of transfers in and out, the Eagles were left with three roster spots yet to be filled. 

And earlier this evening, one of those three spots was filled, as Boston College landed a late Class of 2024 commitment from Kany Tchanda, a forward from Wichita, Kansas. The 6’9 forward adds depth to the Eagle front court, with some much needed length and athleticism. 247Sports has Tchanda as the 3rd-ranked player from Kansas, the 31st-ranked center, and 205th-ranked overall player for the Class of 2024. For reference, 247 gives Tchanda an 88 “Player Rating”, which would put him right between Chas Kelley’s 86 and Prince Aligbe’s 89. While recruiting rankings are by no means a reliable predictor of collegiate success, Tchanda certainly has the potential to be a contributor down the line. 

In his three years at Boston College, Coach Grant has shown a willingness to take on long-term projects in the front court. Most notably, under his tutelage, Quinten Post became an NBA-caliber talent and Devin McGlockton went from an unranked recruit to one of the better forwards in the ACC. But even freshman Elijah Strong exceeded his (albeit low) preseason expectations, and has many Eagles fans excited about his future with the program. And last season, Grant red-shirted Jayden Hastings, the highest-rated recruit in the Eagles’ 2023 Class, opting to give him a full year of development before trotting him onto the court. Perhaps Grant has similar plans for Tchanda, who certainly looks the part of the slept-on, high-upside forward.

With Kany Tchanda’s signing, the 2024-25 Boston College roster is starting to take shape, as they have just two scholarships remaining. Last season, the program opted to use just 12 of their 13 scholarships, so don’t be shocked if they bank on this season in hopes of a larger 2025 Class. 

For more Boston College Hoops updates, follow along @EaglesDailyBC and @JackPSeiberlich on Twitter, as we eagerly await the final pieces of the Eagles’ 2024-25 roster to come together. 

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