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Report: Olivier Hanlan, Ryan Anderson, Joe Rahon considering leaving Boston College

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I’m not sure there was a more disappointing team in the country that Boston College.

Bringing back most of their key pieces from the 2012-2013 season, the Eagles were expected by many to finish in the top half of the ACC and compete for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. That’s what happens when you have a pair of talents like Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson on your roster.

But the season was a disaster.

Boston College finished 14th out of 15 ACC teams. Entering the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night, the Eagles have all of eight wins on the year. If it wasn’t for their win at Syracuse back in February — that will go down as the season’s single weirdest outcome — the year would go down as a total waste of time.

The bad news doesn’t end there, however.

According to a report from Michael Vega of the Boston Globe, Hanlan, who averaged 18.6 points this season, is considering bolting for the NBA after the season. Per Vega, if Hanlan leaves — and maybe even if he doesn’t — Joe Rahon (9.0 points) and Anderson (14.3 points, 7.1 boards) may be convinced to transfer closer to their California hometowns.

Donahue’s job is already in jeopardy as he heads into the final year of a four-year contract he earned after leading Cornell to the Sweet 16 in 2010. Losing his top three players from a team that won just eight games certainly isn’t the way to keep his job, especially when an already apathetic fan base has reached pathetic levels.

Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two¬†appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?