The Team IMPACT foundation was created to match up children facing life-threatening illnesses with college sports programs, with both sides benefitting from the connection. While the child gets the experience of being part of a team, which can also boost morale as they fight illness, the team benefits as well from connecting with someone who can serve as an inspiration.
Amsler was diagnosed with sarcoma in April, and a bad reaction to chemotherapy treatments resulted in a hospital stay that spanned multiple months. Amsler is currently undergoing physical therapy and chemotherapy, and Boston College head coach Jim Christian wasted no time in making the youngster a part of the program.
“Sometimes you just meet a young person and you know they have the qualities you want,” Christian said in the release. “We want toughness. We want young people who understand that when adversity hits, you tackle it head on with a positive attitude.
“And then you want to be an inspiration for others. There was no doubt in my mind that when we met Quinn, that he is what we want in this program.”
The Eagles, who with the addition of Amsler are now up to nine newcomers on their 2015-16 roster, open the regular season November 14 against St. Francis-Brooklyn.
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Three-star 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo trims list to ten
Playing with the BABC grassroots program, 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo put together a month of July that led to more than a few high-major programs looking to get involved in his recruitment. Sunday ot was reported by ESPN.com that the 6-foot-8 Marfo has trimmed his school list down to ten.
The schools still in the running for Marfo’s commitment are Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, George Washington, Rhode Island and Providence.
Marfo attends Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where he plays for head coach Jamie Sullivan. On the Nike EYBL circuit this spring/summer, Marfo averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
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Former Florida guard Eli Carter headed to Boston College
Boston College’s young backcourt rotation received a boost in the experience department Monday afternoon, as former Florida guard Eli Carter announced that he’ll use his final year of eligibility at the ACC school. Carter, who played two seasons at Rutgers before moving on to Florida, will be eligible to play immediately for Jim Christian’s team.
Carter picked Boston College over Georgetown and UNLV, and in regards to both personnel and experience the Eagles had the greatest need for his services.
With the team’s top four scorers from last season, led by Olivier Hanlan, all moving on Boston College certainly has room for another contributor on the perimeter. Junior Garland Owens, who averaged 3.4 points per game last season, is Boston College’s most productive returnee on the perimeter with four freshmen joining the ranks this summer.
Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per games last season, and a key for him in 2015-16 will be efficiency. Carter shot just 36.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2014-15, his first full season as a Gator after having to take a medical redshirt in 2013-14.
Carter’s sophomore season at Rutgers (2012-13) was cut short by a fractured leg, and issues with the recovery led to his having to be sidelined after just a handful of games in his first season at Florida.