After a historically difficult season for Boston College men’s basketball, things may have just gotten a little better. Western Michigan transfer Connar Tava announced he will play his fourth and final year of college basketball at Boston College, reuniting him with high school teammate AJ Turner.
Tava was an All-MAC Honorable Mention twice at WMU, averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior. Heading into last season, Tava was expected to contend for MAC player of the year, but ended up medically redshirting after having surgery on both feet.
Tava, listed at 6 feet 6 inches and 245 pounds, will bring some much needed help to the Eagles’ frontcourt next season, bringing in positioning, strength, and hustle. He excels at scoring on the low block with an array of moves set up by getting excellent positioning before the catch. Expect to see a lot of isolation with Tava on the right block, and a lot of him using the rim on reverses to protect himself from taller defenders, something he does very well. He’s strong and uses that very well on the glass, and his high motor leads to a ton of loose balls ending up in his hands. As an added bonus, he is an excellent passer, leading Western Michigan in assists his junior year.
Tava’s biggest weakness is his jump shot. At his height, one would hope for a little bit of an outside shot, but it isn’t a component of his game. He averages one made three-pointer per year. He is very conscious of his own game, though, not extending his range past around 15 feet. This allowed him to shoot 59% and 52% in his last two seasons, respectively.
Losing Clifford and Carter, who were each top three on the team in both scoring and rebounding, could have been a hurdle too large for BC to overcome, but a healthy Connar Tava could go a long way toward making Boston College a competitive team again within the ACC.
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