Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2010-2011 Basketball Season in Review: Postseason Awards

For the second part of the review series, I hand out some awards.

Most Outstanding Player(s)- Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani
Reggie's success this year has been well documented. He was the best player on this team and was the go-to scorer for BC. At times, Reggie carried this team. I couldn't leave Joe Trapani out of this, though. While Trapani didn't always put up the greatest numbers, Trap came to play every game and busted his ass. If only everyone could have played like Joe. He will be missed.

6th Man of the Year- Corey Raji
I know he ended the year in the starting lineup, but for most of the year Raji was a great contributer of the pine. The senior was second in the team in rebounding and was a nice third scorer to go along with Reggie and Trap. He knocked down clutch shots, including the game-winner against Maryland.

Rookie of the Year- John Cahill
The senior walk-on sensation was a great story. Cahill, who was an intramural star and scout team player for the women's team, actually became a starter for the stretch run of the season. Cahill was a three point machine, hitting over 50%. While he was not the most athletic kid out there, he played hard, battled on defense, and was a great role player.

Most Improved Player Award- Biko Paris
Although inconsistent at times, Biko Paris took a big step forward from his first three years at the Heights. Paris worked on his outside shot and became a great three point shooter. Paris had only reached double figures in 13 games coming into the year, but managed to eclipse that number by four games in his senior year.

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.

Friday Youtube Video of the Week!

Every Friday, I'll bring you classic Youtube videos that in some way has to do with BC athletics. Today, we start with one of my favorites...

RIP Tim Russert