Under Steve Donahue, Boston College has ranged far from Chestnut Hill to find recruits. The Eagles continued that trend with reports that they will be adding a big man from Sweden to their 2013 class.
<SNY.tv has reported> that Boston College has landed Bill Magarity, who played overseas in Italy with for the professional team, Biella. The 6-foot-11, 255-pound forward, who turned 20 as of Monday, comes from Sweden, but has some family history in America, as his father, Bill Sr., was Catholic League MVP in Philadelphia in 1971.
DraftExpress.com ranked Magarity as the 23rd best international NBA prospect of all prospects born in 1993. He only played one minute for Biella last season, when he recorded zero stats, but two years ago, he recorded 0.4 points per game and 0.4 rebounds per game in five games.
It isn't clear just yet whether Magarity will be eligible to play immediately. NCAA rules state that players may play for professional teams as long as they don't receive impermissible benefits. In 2011, the NCAA ruled Kentucky's Enes Kanter permanently ineligible after determining that he received more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing professionally in Turkey.
"He played only like junior player , never winter with [a] professional contract,” Biella team president Marco Atripaldi told SNY.tv in an email.
If he's eligible immediately, Magarity should provide some depth in the frontcourt next year at the very least, but Boston College fans will hope his exposure to professional basketball will allow him to be a meaningful contributor early on.