Just another wild and crazy day at the Boston College basketball office today which began with the request--which was granted-to transfer of junior forward Rakim Sanders and freshman guard Brady Heslip.
New BC coach Steve Donahue said that nothing was official yet, but confirmed that Sanders, a 6-foot-5 inch unior was indeed leaving. Although nothing can be formally done until the paper work has been filed, sources familiar with the situation say that Sanders will be headed to Fairfield to play for former BC assistant coach Ed Cooley., Sanders will have to sit out next season before he can conclude his collegiate career.
Donahue also granted the release of Heslip, who spent the fall at New Hampton and enrolled after Christmas, but did not play this season. Heslip is visiting Boise State this weekend.
Donahue also had to deal with a change in his newly formed coaching staff when assistant coach John Gallagher, who had left his job as an assistant at Penn, made a quick turnaround and is ready to take the head job at Hartford, which opened up when Dan Leibovitz decided to take the job opening created on the staff at Penn when Gallagher headed to BC.
With Sanders gone, Donahue must now work to stop any further defections, which could come from the last class recruited by former BC coach Al Skinner, which includedHeslip, forward Kevin Noreen and forward Pap Samba Ndao.
Noreen comes out of Minnesota and at 6-10 would give the Eagles some much needed size, especially with Sanders leaving., while a
6-8 forward Papa Samba Ndao comes out of the Montverde Academy in Florida. and is considered the biggest project of the trio.
While BC was dealing with defections, Holy Cross was trying to wrap up its search for a new coach to replace Sean Kearney. Although several candidates had been on Holy Cross athletic director Dick Regan's list, Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown has emerged as a prime contender for the job, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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