Last night, the Boston College Eagles snagged their first 2014 basketball verbal commitment: three-star point guard Matt Farrell.
The 6-1, 170-pound Farrell, who plays his prep ball for Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, is a well-rounded, two-way guard. During the 2012-13 season, Farrell pumped in 15.2 points per game, to go along with 6.7 assists, 4.2 steal and 3.0 rebounds per game. He also helped lead Point Pleasant to their first-ever state title that season.
Farrell claimed over 20 scholarship offers, including ones from Davidson, Boston University, Monmourth, William & Mary, and Darmouth - which is where recruitnik Josh Verlin predicted as his landing spot three weeks ago.
That's an impressive offer list; however, it's not hard to tell that the school he's committed plays in the most challenging basketball conference in the nation. This, according to Farrell, is no coincidence, as he told ZagsBlog: "I wanna be challenged and I wanna see if I can play at the highest level."
His high school coach - Nick Cantania - has no doubt that his stud guard can survive the rigors of the ACC, and contribute immediately to a rising BC basketball program: "Matt is a highly skilled point guard who can shoot it and has a great feel for the game. He is super quick with the ball and makes his teammates around him better."
This quote from Cantania might be even more telling, though, as he expressed to SNY.tv: "The reason he will succeed at Boston College is because of his competitive spirit. He hates to lose." That's something I'm sure Coach Donahue will be happy to add to his squad.
Here are some highlights from Farrell's impressive performance last season against perennial power Atlantic City High last season, when he notched 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds during a double OT game.