Between the news of Jackson leaving for the NBA and Dallas Elmore leaving the school and looking to transfer, the 2011-12 BC basketball team's starting lineup looks considerably different than what we had considered back in March. After these two losses, the BC team has only 2 guaranteed returning players in Moton and Rubin. I'm assuming that Cahill will come back as a 5th year senior which will make 3 returning players plus Humphrey who sat out last year after transferring from Oregon.
2011-12 Projected Lineup
Without Jackson, this starting lineup is considerably less talented and forces Cahill from going from an important member of the bench to a starting player. The bigs dont change at all, but more will be asked of them on the offensive end without the scoring ability of Jackson.
Without Elmore and with Cahill moving to the starting lineup, the team also has significantly less depth. The bench as is looks like this:
G: Jordan Daniels
G: Lonnie Jackson
F: Eddie Odio
F/C: Dennis Clifford
Clifford will serve as the third big man and a 4/5 swing. Daniels is the ballhandler off of the bench and could work his way into the starting lineup if he proves himself early but his lack of height might make his transition to high level college basketball tough at first. Lonnie Jackson is a nice spot up shooter with nice upside who should be able to provide some nice aid off the bench and stretch the court. Odio preferably is an athletic 3/4 swingman but is incredibly raw as his parents kept him out of the AAU circuit and thus has been playing in mostly less competitive high school leagues and should not be counted on to contribute much in his first season.
This is a pretty weak roster heading into Donahue's second season and will test his ability to quickly integrate new players into the system and work with below average talent in the ACC.