Report: Boston College lands its first 2013 prospect as guard Garland Owens commits


It’s been a tough couple of years for Steve Donahue at Boston College but the Eagles do have some young talent, most notably guard Patrick Heckmann and forwards Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford.

And on Sunday BC picked up its first verbal commitment in the 2013 class as shooting guard Garland Owens chose Boston College over Seton Hall as reported by

One of the questions for Boston College heading into the 2012-13 season is who can back up Heckmann on the wing, and that’s something the Eagles will have to address.

But in regards to 2013 and beyond, the 6-5 Owens is a player capable of helping Boston College out in that area.

Owens’ stock has risen since his decision to take a post-graduate year at Massanutten Military Academy, going from a player most pegged for the low- or mid-major levels to the ACC.

While Owens considered the three offers for a while, he decided to take the prep route and play out his summer on the AAU circuit with Mid-Atlantic Select. Owens has a late birthday and fits in with the Class of 2013 age-wise.

“From an age standpoint, we felt like he was young enough to take that prep year…and just to mature as a person,” Mid-Atlantic Select coach James Lee said.

“From a developmental standpoint, we felt he could use another year to let his skill set catch up with his athleticism,” Lee added.

Boston College is once again a young team, and that’s one reason why the ACC coaches picked them to finish last in the conference in their preseason poll last week.

But with just one senior (Harvard transfer Andrew Van Nest) and Notre Dame transfer Alex Dragicevich eligible next season, the Eagles have some young talent on which to build (freshman guards Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon will help out at the point).

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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.