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Men's Basketball in Roster Limbo

After a season that brought ten new faces, Boston College men’s basketball is in desperate need of one thing: consistency. When the Eagles were bounced from the first round of the ACC tournament, Coach Christian already had had three solid recruits ready to fill the holes being vacated by Eli Carter, Dennis Clifford, and Steve Perpiglia.

Unfortunately, when you go winless in your conference and commit too many scholarships, the players tend to come and go. The changes began around three weeks ago, when freshman sharpshooter Matt Milon's transfer intent was matched with the addition of fifth-year transfer Connar Tava, a forward from Western Michigan. Milon’s three point shooting will be missed, but Tava provides maturity, inside presence, and toughness that BC will need without Dennis Clifford.

Part of the solution to filling Clifford’s void originally included the development of Idy Diallo. Unfortunately, Diallo’s development will now be taking place on the West Coast. The big man announced on April 23 that he will be leaving the program for UC Riverside. Diallo is an elite athlete with good defensive instincts, but he provided little on the offensive end and had a gift for picking up fouls.

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Coach Christian made a splash with a late addition to his 2016 class. Athletic combo guard Kyran Bowman decommitted from UNC's football team to come play basketball for the Eagles. Bowman is an explosive athlete with a highlight reel for the ages. On a team short on inside scoring, his ability to get to the rim will be hugely valuable when shooting goes cold.

However, there's still opportunity for BC to add one more. Diallo’s transfer leaves room for one remaining player. Many expect BC to look to pick one more transfer to fill out the roster, and the rumors have been swirling.

One of the players rumored to be headed to the Heights is Utah State forward Lew Evans. Evans has bounced around his college career, playing at Tulsa before his time in Utah. Evans is a natural stretch-4, standing tall at 6 feet 9 inches, while putting in at least one long ball per game. Don’t expect a huge impact if he finds his way to BC, as he never averaged more than 21 minutes per contest, but expect a consistent, well-coached player if Evans takes the floor in Conte next year.

The most exiting rumor was reported by CBS College Hoops expert Jon Rothstein. Rothstein noted Arkansas State forward Anthony Livingston is looking at Boston College as a transfer destination. The Washington D.C. native has been a star in his time with the Red Wolves. Over the past two seasons, Livingston has scored nearly 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 33 minutes per game. These are massive numbers, albeit in a smaller conference, but massive nonetheless. The most impressive figure, though, may be Livingston’s free throw rate and percentage.

Livingston went 86 percent from the line. BC, on the other hand, was one of the worst teams in the nation at even getting to the line. Ranked 350 out of 351, only Liberty Mutual shot fewer free throws per game. Livingston could make a massive impact on filling BC’s needs. So far this offseason, Christian and Co. have made the right moves to fill their needs, and hopefully bringing in Livingston can be another step in the right direction.

Whether it be Evans, Livingston, or someone else, there will be one more new face added to this team before they hit the hardwood next fall.

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