2011 College Basketball Recruiting Report: Boston College Eagles

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21:  Steve Donahue the  Head Coach of the Cornell Big Red is pictured during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It's been quite the shake-up for the Boston College Eagles' roster during this offseason.

Boston College fired former head coach Al Skinner and eventually found a replacement in the Ivy League's hottest coach, Steve Donahue. Donahue guided Cornell to the Sweet 16 this past season, but now has his work cut out for him in Chestnut Hill.

Boston College lost all of its 2010 commitments including guard Brady Heslip, who joined the team halfway through the past season. Heslip, alongside athletic junior Rakim Sanders and sophomore Evan Ravenel, all decided to transfer following the switch at head coach.

Working with what he has right now, Donahue has hit the recruiting trail right away, adding commitments from two 2011 recruits already.

Here's a look at the 2011 commitments, as well as others who have shown interest in the Eagles:


Dennis Clifford, 6'10" C (Milton Academy, Milton, MA): Clifford was the first commitment for Donahue at Boston College. A solid big man, who continues to get stronger and more physical, considered other New England regional schools such as Boston University, Vermont, UMass, and Yale, before finally settling with the Eagles. ESPN ranks him as the 43rd center in the 2011 recruiting class.

Eddie Odio, 6'6" SF (Christopher Columbus H.S., Miami, FL): Odio is an improving shooter who hopefully will be able to step in and contribute on the wing when he joins the Eagles in 2011. He is ranked as the 124th small forward in the class of 2011 according to ESPN.


Naadir Tharpe: Tharpe committed to Providence, but backed out recently. Tharpe is a Massachusetts native and one of the top point guards in the class of 2011.

Tyler Harris: The younger brother of Tennessee commitment Tobias Harris, Tyler is considered an ESPNU Top 100 recruit. The Eagles are among the interested teams for the New York native.

Derrick Wilson: Wilson is a power guard who can attack the rim, an Alaska native, who has shown interest in the other side of the country.

Henry Brooks: Brooks is a skilled, face-up power forward who is considering Boston College, Penn State, Harvard, and Penn.

Blaise Mbargorba: Mbargorba has only played in the U.S. for one year, but has drawn interest from ACC and Big East schools.

Zach Auguste: Auguste has plenty of potential, but may be considered raw. A Massachusetts native has both the Eagles and UMass on his list.

Darren Hilliard: A lefty, shooting-guard has interest from a few Atlantic 10 schools, but the Eagles are intrigued as well.

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