As the deadline to enter the draft for underclassmen nears, next year’s rosters are beginning to take shape in the ACC. There haven’t been too many surprises with players declaring. Most expected Brandan Wright to declare as he’s been labeled a lottery pick since his first keg stand in
As for the other talented freshman small forward in the ACC, Georgia Tech’s Thaddeus Young, his future is probably dependent on his predraft workouts with lottery teams. He could likely use another year of college to develop his game and make himself some more money in his first contract. Given the current rookie contract situation in the NBA, a 1st round draft pick can quickly bust and be out of the league after two years, without the financial security to last into a young man’s 30s, let alone his entire life.
I’m guessing that most Tech fans not so secretly hope that Young can’t buy a jumpshot while inept NBA GMs look on during his workouts. However, given the lack of eye for talent that currently plagues various NBA front offices these days, Young may have to do far worse to take himself out of early 1st round consideration.
Where BC gets hurt, of course, are the losses of Sean Marshall and Jared Dudley to graduation (one thing nice about being a BC fan is the confidence you have in saying we lost a player to graduation, because he probably did in fact graduate). Without Marshall and Dudley’s production next year, BC seems to be the ACC team most likely to suffer a down year after their success the past few seasons.
Unfortunately, BC also loses guard Marquez Haynes to transfer. Depending who you talk to, this might be addition by subtraction or just plain subtraction for the Eagles. But given BC’s depth being that of the kiddy pool at the YMCA, the loss of Haynes hurts. Marquez was arguably the best athlete on the team last year and could hit a big outside shot now and then. He stood to be a big part of the rotation next year.
Let’s hope that Haynes is the last of the contributing players to transfer in the Skinner era. In a disturbing trend, many of Al’s recruits have left after one or two seasons, some being contributors like Haynes and Steve Hailey, and others like Gordon Watt ending up at other Division 1 schools and playing starter’s minutes.
I like Al as a coach for many reasons. There’s no way in hell he’s text messaging recruits 1000 times like Houston Nutt, and I can’t picture Al staking out high school gymnasiums all with the hope of making eye contact with a prospect during one of the NCAA sanctioned ‘no speaking’ periods. It’s more likely that Skinner has no idea what text messaging is and he spends the off-season tending to a vegetable garden. But of the guys that do end up on the BC campus, there seems to be a high percentage of them that transfer out and end up having a nice career elsewhere.
I’d like to be able to philosophize about how BC fares next season based on their incoming recruits, but it’s borderline impossible given their recent history of freshman. Who knew that Jared Dudley would end up ACC Player of the Year? For all the hype of this year’s class with big man Josh Southern, and swingman Rakim Sanders coming to campus, who really knows how well they’ll play or if they’ll even make it through 3 years on the team? Without ever having seen these guys play, I’m clueless about their games and how they’ll fit in with Rice. Southern and Sanders may be the first 4-star recruits that Skinner has gotten to commit to BC, but those rating are more often than not a meaningless label and have little to do with a player’s collegiate success. That being said, we all pay attention to which players have accepted a scholarship, and I’ve got my hopes up that this year’s class will help to continue BC’s basketball success.