Basketball Preview: Catching The BC Basketball Wave
Four Freshmen From California Ride A Wave Of Enthusiasm
Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
"I feel like we have potential," Jackson said. "I feel like the freshman class can change the atmosphere at games. And what we're trying to do is be a building block, be the start of something new, and make basketball something big at BC."
"Yeah, that's what I'm just excited about," Anderson added. "I feel it's so close to us starting to change how basketball is looked at here. I just can't wait to get started with the whole process. Because I know, once we get the ball rolling, and we knock down a couple shots, it's going to be a lot of fun in Conte."
The ripple effect these four could make on the perception of BC basketball is potentially titanic, but they and their coach know it's going to take some patience.
"Patience for all of us is a nice virtue to live by," Donahue said, laughing. "There's going to be failure when you're out with this many young guys in something new. For us to achieve great things, I honestly believe we're going to have to fail.
"Now the key part is how do you handle that? Are you patient? Are you understanding? Did you learn from that and react in a positive way and get better because of that? It's going to be exciting to see, as they get better and they react and they see what they did wrong and now they do it better each and every time — that's the thing."
Anderson, Caudill, Daniels, and Jackson understand the role patience is going to play. Their ship to success will inevitably hit some rough waters, but the destination is the reason they came to BC.
"This is a great opportunity to come in here and build [the program]," Donahue told these four when he recruited them. "And you're going to get an opportunity, but you're going to build it from the start, as opposed to jumping on board."
Waves come crashing into the coast as a finished product. Their original shape may look incomplete, but over time, the waves gain strength and momentum.
Right now, the men's basketball team may look like an unfinished product. The raw talent and makeup is there for a successful team. The Eagles are gaining steam for the future but are presently ready to dive headfirst into the waves of their ACC schedule. The patient yet excited mentality maintained by Anderson, Caudill, Daniels, and Jackson, is the perfect mindset to guide BC through the ups and downs of unchartered territory. Their destination is in sight.