Tuesday afternoon Boston College picked up its third consecutive win of the season, as they beat Fordham 64-55 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game represented one of the best defensive performance of the season for Jim Christian’s team, as they limited the Rams to 32.1 percent shooting from the field (31.3 percent from two) and forced Fordham 14 turnovers.
And after congratulating his team on their performance Christian took a minute to reward a hard-working senior walk-on. Steve Perpiglia, who’s played in 29 games at Boston College, was given the Christmas gift of a scholarship for his final semester. Of course the reaction of his teammates is great, but so are the reactions of his family and friends after Perpiglia’s head coach gave them the good news.
Video of the postgame speech is above.
The walk-on experience isn’t an easy one as those players do everything their teammates on scholarship do, with little more than a few minutes towards the end of blowouts serving as a reward. But every year many continue to work as hard as they can, pushing their teammates to succeed with the hope of at some point earning a scholarship themselves.
For Pepperdine senior forward Jake Johnson, that goal became a reality on Wednesday. Head coach Marty Wilson announced to the team that Johnson would be placed on scholarship, with Johnson’s teammates mobbing him shortly thereafter. Walk-ons may not see the court much in games, but the work they do in practices to help prepare for games is invaluable.
Above is video of Wilson informing the team at practice that Johnson would be on scholarship for the remainder of the season. Johnson’s played a total of 14 minutes in two games this season, averaging two points and one rebound per game.
h/t Bleacher Report
In his first three seasons as a member of the Penn State basketball team, walk-on guard Kevin Montminy played in 39 games and scored a total of 24 points with 20 of those coming during the 2012-13 campaign. The role of being a walk-on is one that tends to be overlooked by those on the outside of a program, but those players are required to do an awful lot despite the fact that the prospects of earning significant playing time are slim.
Last week Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers thanked Montminy for his hard work by giving him a scholarship for his senior season, and as evidenced by the photo at the 0:06 mark of the video above the young man paid the price in earning that reward. What’s even better is the reaction of his teammates, who would know how hard Montminy has worked to help them get better (and prepare for opponents) during his three seasons as a Nittany Lion.