Tuesday, June 22, 2010

So, how about Gabe Moton?

There has been discussion on other sites about BC actually getting someone coming in for next season (for a change), and his name is Gabriel Moton.  As you probably know, he is a graduating senior from Florida and de-committed from Air Force to come here.  I don't know any more about his game than you do, but he at least has some nice things to say about the school.

Now then, it would seem some are concerned about his pedigree.  He is not a heavily sought-after guy, as the list of schools offering him was not particularly impressive (though one of them, surprise surprise, was Cornell).  Does this mean he is destined to be a bad player?  Of course not.  We don't know what the guy brings to the table, how he will fit into Donahue's system (or, for that matter, how everyone else will as we haven't seen it yet) and unless you've been going to St. Petersburg High School basketball games or watching YouTube clips, you haven't seen him play.  My position is that I will be giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Let's also keep in mind that the "have" recruits (as opposed to the "have nots") don't always pan out themselves.  I direct you to the case of one Joshua Southern, who was offered by Boston College, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Tennessee, and Michigan State.  This guy turned down Tom Izzo to come to the Heights -- and most BC fans probably can't wait until he graduates.  (Add: I don't mean to single Southern out; for example, Rakim Sanders also came in with offers from major-conference schools, and his BC career will go down as not being particularly noteworthy.)  The list of schools going after you is not a rock-solid prediction of your college career.  Of course, we would like recruits with some esteem coming into the system, and surely Donahue will have to start reeling in those guys in years to come or he's got trouble, but we simply don't know how Moton will pan out.  I have no reason to believe he's going to suck until I actually see it, so for now, I'm not going to worry about it. 

In any event, this was very much a take-what-you-can-get signing, though clearly he was on Donahue's radar before coming here.  If nothing else, BC basketball will have another man to put on the roster.  It is what it is.  We should welcome Gabe Moton to BC and wish him the best of luck while he is here.

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