One thing in basketball you can’t teach is size, and that is why it is essential to go out and actively recruit big men, which is exactly what Steve Donahue did when he recruited Billy Magarity. On Wednesday, Magarity committed to Boston College and will bring his 6-foot-11 frame to try and help the Eagles become one of the best young teams in the country.
He is originally from Sweden, but lived in the Philadelphia area while in the United States and was also getting recruited by Seton Hall and Temple.
It is very clear that Magarity isn’t the best big man around, but that isn’t a concern for Donahue. If you can get big men to come to your school, you know they might not be the best, but you also know that you can work with them night in and night out and get them better through the course of their career.
Boston College was terrible at rebounding last season, and what is better than to bring in a 6-foot-11 center to try and turn that around?
The Eagles were extremely young last year, but they showed signs of being very good at times. Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan proved to be to of the better players in the ACC, and they are both returning this season.
With the addition of Darryl Hicks and Garland Owens this season, plus the addition of a near 7-footer in Magarity, Boston College has the right pieces to compete in a very good conference.