After graduating eight seniors -- including major contributors Joe Trapani, Biko Paris, Corey Raji and Josh Southern -- and losing Reggie Jackson early to the NBA draft, turnover was assured in Boston College men's basketball coach Steve Donahue’s second season in Chestnut Hill.
On Wednesday, the recreating of the roster continued as Donahue announced the signing of 6-foot-5 guard Patrick Heckmann to a scholarship for the 2011-12 season.
Heckmann, from Mainz, Germany, is currently playing for the German team in the U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. He’s averaged 12.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in five games in the tournament.
Heckmann attended Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2008-09, and spent the 2010-11 season with TV Langen in the German 3rd League ProB, where he averaged 11.8 points and 3.1 assists in 28 games.
Since Heckmann did not sign a professional contract to play for TV Langen, he remained eligible to play in the NCAA and will enroll at BC in September.
The signing gives the Eagles nine committed freshmen for the 2011 class. Donahue announced early last month that the team had added John Cain Carney (Philadelphia/Shipley) and Ryan Kilcullen (Hingham, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) to a haul that already included six incoming freshmen.
Donahue also announced last month that the Eagles have signed Deirunas Visockas, a graduate student originally from Kaunas, Lithuania, meaning the roster composition currently looks like this: one grad student, one senior (little-used reserve Peter Rehnquist), one junior (Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey), two sophomores (Gabriel Moton and Danny Rubin) and nine freshmen.