Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Turnover continues for BU hoops
By Jack McCluskey
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
The BU basketball team is hoping that’s true, because a successful first season in the Patriot League (24-11 overall, 15-3 PL) has been followed by an offseason of change after change on Comm. Ave.
The latest is the hiring of assistant coach Walt Corbean to replace Carmen Maciariello, who left for George Washington.
Corbean, who played on two NCAA tournament teams while at Xavier in the mid-‘80s, comes to BU from Wake Forest, which he joined in 2007 as director of basketball operations and eventually worked his way to assistant coach.
"We are all very excited about Walt joining our staff," said coach Joe Jones in a statement on Tuesday. "I have known Walt for over 15 years and he brings a great deal of experience to our staff. You add in his character, work ethic and knowledge, and we have someone who I believe will make a significant impact on and off the court."
Jones had expected some changes this season, but probably not such an overhaul. He knew he would be losing his senior tri-captains (D.J. Irving, Dom Morris and Travis Robinson) to graduation. Then he learned he’d be losing three more players to transfers, including star point guard Maurice Watson Jr. (who picked Creighton).
As if the turnover on his roster and coaching staff wasn’t enough, there’s also been attrition in the athletic department leadership (athletic director Mike Lynch announced he’ll resign at the end of June).
Whew. Got all that?
Now get this: Jones is fine with it.
Players are supposed to graduate. And if a player or coach decides that BU isn’t the right fit for him, Jones has said he wants that person to find a better situation.
No one can predict exactly what effect all these changes will have on the Terriers’ 2014-15 season, but John Papale (now BU’s leading returning scorer at 9.3 PPG), Nathan Dieudonne and Cedric Hankerson will all get more touches.
The more things change ... only time will tell whether or not the Terriers’ prospects in Year 2 in the Patriot League will stay the same.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.