By Gregory Hunt
Six senior men’s basketball players will be honored when Boston College plays its regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum against Wake Forest.
Forward John Cain Carney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been a role player for the Eagles for most of his time at Boston College. He has played in 44 career games, 23 of them in his senior year. He likely would have played more then seven games during his sophomore year if not for a foot injury he battled for most of that season. He averaged 0.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per game, achieving career highs of four points against Marist last December and five rebounds against UMass last November.
Six-foot-eleven, 300-pound center KC Caudill of Brea, California has appeared in 58 careers games for the Eagles, with 28 of those games coming in his freshman year. He was a second-team Parade All-America coming out of Brea-Olinda High School. A knee injury has limited him to just one game this season, but he leaves BC having averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Forward Alex Dragicevich from Northbrook, Illinois played two seasons at Boston College after transferring from another Catholic school, Notre Dame. He has started 13 of the 44 career games he has played for the Eagles. As a junior, he played 15.2 minutes per game, averaging 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds. Overall, he averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds for BC.
Guard Patrick Heckmann of Mainz, Germany has started all 29 games he has played for Boston College this season. Altogether, he’s played in 115 games for BC, starting 68 of them. He’s been productive from the three-point line, shooting 33.9 percent (104-for-307) from beyond the arc. His career-high of 32 points came in a game against Riverside during his freshman year. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his career, and he also found time to block 31 shots and make 88 steals.
Three games into his senior year, a leg injury ended the season for guard Lonnie Jackson from Valencia, California, but he was extremely productive in the three years prior to that. He started 56 of the 96 games he played, averaging 26.3 minutes per game. Coming into his senior year, he was already 9th all-time at Boston College in career three-pointers with 175. He shot 38.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. As a freshman against Bryant, he achieved career highs with seven three-pointers and 26 points. He also made 166 assists and grabbed 80 steals in his career.
Forward Eddie Odio of Miami, Florida has been a steady presence in his four years at Boston College. He’s played in 114 games for the Eagles, starting in 28 of them. His shooting was particularly sharp during his junior year, when he shot 43.2 percent from the three-point line (16-for-37) and 50 percent overall from the field (45-for-90). He’s averaged 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing 16 minutes per game.
Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game, Boston College and Wake Forest will meet again on Tuesday in the first round of the ACC Tournament. BC will be the #12 seed and Wake Forest will be the #11 seed. The tournament will be played at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Gregory Hunt is a Boston native and a life-long fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. He’s also particularly fond of lacrosse, IndyCar racing and women’s college basketball. He currently works for Examiner.com where he serves as the Senior Manager of Content and Media Access. He also writes for Examiner.com as the New England Patriots Examiner. His work can be found on Examiner.com.