First off I want to say if you watched even a minute of Boston College men’s basketball last season… crazy props for you! They have been a difficult team to watch all year and, despite a few bright spots, the season has been largely filled with losses and disappointments. To make matters worse, do you know the players in whom you have invested and who you have seen evolve during the year? They are almost completely gone!
That’s right, this new Earl Grant era of Boston College basketball will feature many faces you don’t know. So let’s take a look at all of those transfers and recap who you enjoyed watching who won’t be wearing the Eagles uniform next season, and what their departure means for the schedule.
Jay Heath, G (33.8 MPG, 14.5 PPG, 1.8 APG, 3.1 RPG)
Destination: Arizona State
Jay Heath had been a very bright spot in a few terrible years for Boston College. He led the team in PPG and minutes in his first and sophomore campaigns, and it looked like he was becoming a fan favorite who could lead this team into a hopefully better basketball era as a. as a talented player and leader. Sadly, Heath had no interest in a rebuild and left for the greener pastures (or in this case, the desert) of the state of Arizona.
Steffon Mitchell, F (32.6 MPG, 9.1 PPG, 1.5 APG, 7.3 RPG)
Destination: to be determined
Steffon Mitchell was clearly the most seasoned member of the BC team last year and served as the definitive leader for them as they navigated COVID and a change of coach. Mitchell started for British Columbia since he was a freshman in 2017 and it was a bit surprising to see his intention to go elsewhere. Since entering the transfer portal, Mitchell has made it clear that he do not go back to Boston College, although its final destination is still unknown.
CJ Felder, F (27.8 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 0.9 APG, 5.9 RPG)
CJ Felder, like Jay Heath, looked like another bright part of Boston College’s future before announcing his move to Florida. Last year he improved a lot to become a very solid striker who could stretch the ground and hold on in front of the rim. But he determined his talents were more useful in a team that weren’t in the midst of rebuilding, and I can hardly blame him. However, incoming rookie Gianni Thompson could at least attempt to fill a similar role in next year’s squad.
Wynston Tabbs, soloist (27.2 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 1.8 APG, 2.7 RPG)
Destination: East Carolina
Tabbs was one of two transfers that came before the season even ended, entering the portal just after coach Jim Christian’s sacking. Tabbs has been suspended for the past few weeks due to COVID protocol violations and has never looked back. He was a very promising freshman a few years ago, but missed a lot of time to get injured and had somehow stabilized on his return to the field, which could probably be explained in large part by its multiple passages in COVID quarantine.
Rich Kelly, G (25.4 MPG, 11.0 PPG, 2.4 APG, 1.7 RPG)
Destination: UMass Amherst
Kelly only spent a year playing for the Eagles after being transferred from Quinnipiac, but his presence was immediately felt on the field. He ended up as the Eagles’ sixth man and even started nearly half of Boston College’s games. As a player, Kelly was mostly a pure goalscorer who posted one of the best shooting percentages on the team, but couldn’t do much else. Shooters are quite missing from this coming season’s roster though, and Kelly would have been a good player to keep for that reason.
Kamari Williams, F. (12.4 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 0.3 APG, 1.2 RPG)
Destination: Miami (Ohio)
Williams didn’t contribute much during his 2 years at Boston College. He was only able to score around 2-3 points in each game despite having decent playing time and served largely as a lining for Steffon Mitchell and CJ Felder.
Luka Kraljević, F (4.0 MPG, 1.0 PPG, 0.3 APG, 0.3 RPG)
Destination: to be determined
Luka’s role since his first year had shrunk considerably last season. As a freshman in 2017 alongside Steffon Mitchell, Kraljević was getting at least 9 minutes in every game, scoring a few points and picking up a few rebounds. But last season he barely saw the ground and didn’t do much with his time while he was there. He graduated from Boston College this spring and it makes sense that he would go and study elsewhere and potentially find more play time.
André Adams, F (0 MPG, 0 PPG, 0 APG, 0 RPG)
Destination: to be determined
This guy hasn’t played a single minute in a Boston College uniform. After being transferred from the state of Arizona to southern Utah and then to Boston College, he suffered a season-ending injury in September 2020 and was unable to play as an Eagle anyway. last season. His southern Utah stats, while in a weak conference, looked promising. But BC fans will never find out what he can do for them, assuming he ends up at another school.
Who is still there ?
Makai Ashton-Langford, G. (26.4 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 3.2 APG, 3.3 RPG)
The Providence transfer is now a senior and is not yet ready to drop out of Boston College. He was one of the team’s leaders last season at that time and posted much bigger numbers than he was able to at PC. Makai will be a vital leader for next year’s squad as they sail with a new head coach and a whole new roster.
DeMarr Langford Jr., F. (25.4 MPG, 6.7 PPG, 1.4 APG, 4.2 RPG)
Langford Jr. had an immediate impact in BC during his freshman campaign and set a reasonable standard for improvement. While BC fans shouldn’t expect him to be exactly carrying the team on his back next season, his development will be crucial in building a team going forward as he could be there. ‘one of BC’s best players a year or two later.
James Karnik, F (20.2 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 0.6 APG, 5.4 RPG)
Karnik was probably the funniest big man to watch at Boston College last season as he gave the team a boost with offensive dunks and rebounds that kept possessions alive. Look for him to carry the load in the zone before next season.
Frédéric Scott, F (18.3 MPG, 7.6 PPG, 0.6 APG, 3.9 RPG)
Fred Scott has quietly had a decent season for himself after being transferred from Rider last year. He filled the players who had to go through COVID protocols a lot and made the most of it, putting in more PPGs than his fellow attackers James Karnik, DeMarr Langford Jr. and Kamari Williams.
Justin Vander Baan, F (4.6 MPG, 0.9 PPG, 0.0 APG, 0.8 RPG)
Vander Baan was terribly calm during his first year in BC and didn’t have much of an impact. With another 7-footer transferred from Mississippi State this season, it’s hard to see where Justin fits without making big improvements.