After a rocky freshman year, Sammy Barnes-Thompkins announced his departure from Boston College Basketball. Barnes-Thompkins appeared in 27 games for the Eagles, with 10 starts, and averaged 5.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. A three-star recruit from Phoenix, Arizona, the coaching staff recruited him with the hope of filling the role of a speedy shooting guard with strong accuracy.
As the season progressed, Barnes-Thompkins began to carve out a larger role with the Eagles. Amidst a difficult season, Coach Christian gave the freshman guard more opportunities to display his talents. Averaging over 29 minutes per-game in his final ten performances, Barnes-Thompkins shined in close losses to Clemson and Georgia Tech. His best individual performance of the season was against Georgia Tech, finishing with 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from three. Despite limited success, Barnes-Thompkins’ season ended in disappointing fashion. He suffered his second concussion of the year against NC State, and did not appear in the final two games of the season. After notifying the coaching staff of his departure in June, it remains to be seen where Barnes-Thompkins is headed.
With Barnes-Thompkins gone, the Eagles will welcome Jordan Chatman — a graduate transfer — to the Heights. Chatman comes to BC with a rare college resume. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, after serving a two-year mission in Taipei, Taiwan, he enrolled and red-shirted at BYU for the 2014-15 season due to injury. Upon graduating early from BYU in April, Chatman was accepted into BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Ultimately, he decided to continue playing basketball and began exploring his options at other schools. Chatman reportedly chose BC over a number of schools including: Davidson, Utah State, Georgia Tech, and George Washington.
At 6-foot-5 and 195-pounds, he brings more size to the Eagles roster, something they sorely missed on defense and under the glass last season. While the combo guard received limited action during his sole year at BYU, he shot 34% behind the three point line and is regarded for his on-ball defense. Ideally, Chatman will help alleviate the loss of Barnes-Thompkins, while bolstering the Eagles’ thin backcourt.
After an impressive first year, Sophomore Jerome Robinson will surely retain his starting position. Nonetheless, the other starting guard slot currently remains open. Chatman will likely compete with rising Junior Darryl Hicks for playing time. Explosive scorer Kyran Bowman and shifty Ty Graves, both incoming freshmen, will also be in the mix for minutes.
For a team that ended the season 0-19 and winless in ACC play, Jordan Chatman is another hopeful prospect for BC. By adding Chatman, along with 5th year senior Connar Tava from Western Michigan, the Eagles look to rebuild with both seasoned transfers and a fresh recruiting class.
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