There's going to be a lot of growing pains for the Eagles this season. Over 91% of the team's offense is gone. There are nine freshmen and two sophomores on the roster. The leading returning scorer averaged 4.1 points per game. In short, Steve Donahue will have a lot of babysitting to do in year number two of his tenure.
The new expected go to guy is Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey, who will take over at shooting guard. As a junior, Humphrey is far and away the most experienced player on the team. Humphrey is a three point shooter who can handle the ball on occasion. At point guard, Gabe Moton, one of the few returnees from last year, will get the starting job. Moton averaged just 2.5 points per game in limited duty. Also back is Danny Rubin, the team's leading scorer from last year. Rubin could start as a third guard, or could be a backup off the bench. Backing up will be Jordan Daniels, a 135 pound firecracker who gets up the floor in a hurry. Lonnie Jackson is a shooter who needs to put on some weight. These players might normally redshirt this year, but given the lack of depth, will be on the court a lot this year, and will need to learn in a hurry.
There is virtually no experience in the Eagles frontcourt. But there is some potential. Dennis Clifford is a seven footer who will likely be there to clean up the boards and big a body. The same goes for KC Caudill, who at 6-10 and 295 pounds will be tough to move. Ryan Anderson looks to be a starter at power forward. His body is ready for the college game. It's just a matter of whether the skills translate. Eddie Odie is a shooter who will likely play some small forward. Ryan Kilcullen is a guy who will help around the basket in terms of defense and rebounding.
There are some interesting games on the non conference schedule. The Eagles host Penn State in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge this year, and will host a Harvard team that has owned Boston College as of late. The lone non conference game of note is at Providence, which is a winnable game. In the ACC, the Eagles get Duke on the road and UNC at home once.
This year will be a big step backward for the Eagles. They were a 21 win team a season ago, and will be lucky to win half of that this year. The future of this team looks bright, but the future is unfortunately not this year. It's likely the Eagles will finish at the bottom of the ACC, and may not win more than one or two conference games.
Matt Humphrey is the only player on the roster with 2 years of college experience under his belt, so he is the most likely to step up. Humphrey likes to shoot the 3 and should be able to put up points for a BC team that will badly need them.