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BC Men’s Basketball Lands Top Recruit Donald Hand Jr.

On Sept. 4, Boston College football kicked off its season with a blowout victory over Colgate. Meanwhile, BC men’s basketball head coach Earl Grant worked to impress Class of 2022 combo guard Donald Hand Jr. on his official visit to BC. It is unknown if Hand was cheering on the Eagles in the student section with the BC men’s basketball team, but one thing is clear: Hand was impressed by what he saw Saturday. 

Tuesday morning, just three days after Hand’s visit, the guard announced his commitment to play basketball at BC.

Listed as a three-star recruit on 247 Sports and a four-star recruit on Rivals, Hand is one of the most talented guards the Class of 2022 has to offer. He is listed as the No. 100 overall recruit from his class and the No. 19 recruit at his position. Hand stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 180 pounds.

Hand plays high school basketball at Landstown High School in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. Last season, he was named first team all-state by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. Hand’s father played basketball for the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2001 and was recently honored as the Cavaliers’ 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Legend.

Hand chose BC after receiving offers from 12 schools including Clemson, LSU, and Georgia Tech, among others. 

Hand’s recruitment is an exception to Grant’s previously outlined goal of recruiting talent from the New England area but proves just how capable of a coaching staff Grant has assembled. He has personal experience recruiting players from across the country, specifically the midwest and south due to his time with Wichita State, Clemson, and College of Charleston. 

Grant’s southern expertise is evident in the recruits BC has landed since his hiring, with his first two commits—Kanye Jones and Devin McGlockton—hailing from Florida and Georgia, respectively. 

Grant seems to have also paid particular attention to recruiting in the northeast with the hire of Chris Markwood from Northeastern, but the BC staff is yet to announce any commits from the region.

Featured Image Courtesy Of Anthony Garro / BC Athletics 

September 8, 2021