Friday, April 1, 2011

2010-2011 Basketball Season in Review: Report Cards

I've put this off for a little while, but this is the first post of the basketball version of the season in review series. We start by giving out some player grades.

Reggie Jackson- A
Reggie was a superstar this year. Coming off a solid, but not great, 09-10 year, Jackson took the next step and earned first team all-ACC honors. Jackson electrified BC fans with his ferocious dunks, clutch three pointers, and acrobatic plays. Reggie led the team in PPG (18.4) and APG (4.5). Sure, Jackson did have some no-shows this year, but without him, who knows where this team would have been?

Joe Trapani- B+

After struggliong early in the year, Trapani played great in ACC play. Trap averaged 14.8 PPG and 7.0 RPG. His tremendous effort and countless hustle plays never seized to amaze me. BC fans are going to miss him. Joe earned all-ACC third team honors.

Corey Raji- B-

After the Yale loss, Raji was benced in favor of freshman Danny Rubin. But he embraced his role and became a great 6th man for this team. The senior forward stayed relentess on the offensive glass and even added the three point shot into his game, becoming a reliable outside shooter. Raji's late season play moved him back into the starting lineup for the final 7 games of the season.

Biko Paris- B-
Although Paris struggled in the middle of the year, Biko played some great ball and was a valuable asset to this team. In his senior season, Biko became a three point sharp shooter, hitting 6 three pointers in four different games. Paris was a very nice compliment to Jackson, as he could play off the ball and run the point.

John Cahill- C+
The senior walk-on became a fan-favorite this year. The former women's scout team player came out of nowhere to become a starter at the end of the year. Cahill shot over 50% from three, fitting perfectly into Donahue's system. What he lacked in athleticism, he made up for in intelligence. The only reason why he's not graded higher is because he wasn't in the rotation for much of the year.

Gabe Moton- C
The freshman wasn't meant to play as much as he did this year. However, Moton was suprisingly decent this year. While he was a liability on offense, Moton ate some minutes and played solid D.

Dallas Elmore- C-
Elmore didn't take the next step like some thought he would, but was solid role player off the bench. Like Moton, he played good defense and and improved his outside shot. Unfortunately, he wasn't the scorer some hoped, and it looks like he could be on his way out.

Danny Rubin- C-
Rubin's contributions can be easily forgotten because of his benching late in the year, but the freshman surprised many early on when he took Corey Raji's starting job after the Yale debacle. Rubin was a sniper from deep, hitting 43% of his threes. Unfortunately, Rubin quieted down in ACC play, leading to his benching and removal from the rotation.

Josh Southern- D+
Perhaps he wasn't as bad as his grade indicates and this could just be my frustration with him kicking in. Southern's season was dissappointing to say the least. Not that people expected much, but his traveling violations and his layup attempts being swatted became somewhat of a normalcy. That being said, it was not all bad for the senior this year. Southern scored 18 against Bryant and 16 against Providence, UMASS and Bucknell.

Cortney Dunn, Chris Kowalski, Nick Mosakowski, Peter Rehnquist- Incomplete
Dunn was hurt by Donahue's system. Kowalski played a few minutes here and there, but didn't bring much to the table. Mosakowski barely saw the floor and Rehnquist had a nice dunk, but didn't see any action.

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