Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weekly Stock Report

Until I can find an hour or so to put into the Jerry York tape, this will have to serve as a distraction from the weekly grind.  This week, I'll take a look at how some of the basketball players have adjusted to ACC play, a possible change in the academic status of one of BC's recruits, and the hockey program's struggles keeping pucks out of the net. 

Stock Up
  1. Jordan Daniels: When I first saw Jordan Daniels at IceJam, I thought there was no way that a player his size could compete in the ACC.  I was so wrong because he has one of the quickest shots I've ever seen.  He doesn't have the same feel for the offense that Gabe Moton has, but he's definitely the point guard of the future at BC.  He's had 8, 9, and 12 points in his last three games, respectively.  It's only a matter of time before he's a consistent double-figures contributor at BC and an adequate facilitator (2, 2, and 3 assists in the last three games). 
  2. Team Defense:  Both ACC games the Baby Eagles won this year have been largely the result of holding their opponents to a sub-.400 shooting percentage.  Defense usually gets overlooked in Donahue's system, but hopefully the guys are committed to making the other team earn their points the rest of the way.
  3. Steve Daniels:  Unconfirmed word on the street (so take this for what it's worth...not much) is that Daniels is a lock for being in an Eagles uniform next fall.  This would be the Eagle's second four star recruit.  Besides LK, Daniels is perhaps the most ready to play recruit to come to BC in the past ten years.  He should play from day one, and definitely should help off-set the loss of a first round draft pick.

Stock Down
  1. BC Goaltending: Most of my time at BC has been split between Cory Schneider and John Muse, so I guess you can say I've been spoiled a little when it comes to goalie play.  Of the four goalies who we've seen bits and pieces of this year, none of them seem to be clear heirs to Muse.  I'm not really sure what the long term answer is here.  Should we recruit another high-profile goalie, offering him the first crack at the starting spot in his freshman year?  Should we try to fix the problem from within, possibly with one of the two freshmen on the bench?
  2. Women's Basketball:  I have a lot of patience with women's basketball because I don't watch it all that often and because it seems that there are three types of teams in this sport; UConn, Tennessee, and everyone else.  We're in the everyone else category and probably always will be.  That being said, there's no reason why we can't put a competitive team on the floor (77-46 against UNC? Really???).  As ATL pointed out, we're four years into the Crawley era so this really shouldn't be happening. 
  3. Patrick Heckmann:  The early season optimism which surrounded Heckmann seems to have fizzled.  I was sitting in press row during the WF game.  Heckmann got the ball, drove, and kicked it out, causing someone to comment "Wow, Heckmann passed it."  My thoughts exactly.  If you can't figure out how to pass and find the open guy in this offense, I don't think there will be a lot of minutes for you.  We're nearly a year into this rebuilding project right now and guys need to be able to understand what we do and why we do it.  Heckmann does a lot of things that I absolutely love, like driving to the hoop, but he's falling behind the curve here.

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