Report: BC Could Be in Jeopardy of Losing Recruits Kevin Noreen and Papa Samba Ndao


Along with ex-head coach Al Skinner, Boston College could be about to lose several of his recruits.

BC, which fired Skinner on March 30 and promptly replaced him with Cornell's Steve Donahue, could be in jeopardy of losing Kevin Noreen and Papa Samba Ndao, according to The Heights, BC's student newspaper.

Noreen and Ndao committed to play basketball at BC in June and November, respectively, but a source close to the situation told The Heights that their futures with the Eagles "may be in limbo." 

Noreen, a 6-foot-10 small forward from Minneapolis, broke the state record for career points in 2009-10, notching 4,023 as of March 23. This season, he has scored 40 points or more 14 times and has scored 50 or more seven times. He averaged 38.1 points per game as a senior.

Ndao, at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, served as a two-year captain at Montverde Academy in Florida and "has a wealth of potential," according to Montverde head coach Kevin Sutton. Ndao chose BC over Harvard, TCU and SMU. The anonymous source told The Heights that Donahue's staff is concerned about Ndao's ability to succeed at BC, but if Ndao was in the running for a spot on Harvard's squad, it's hard to imagine that his academic abilities aren't sufficient for BC.

Skinner recruited both players, but now that Donahue has solidified his staff — featuring former Cornell assistant Nat Graham, former Columbia head coach Joe Jones and former Pennsylvania assistant John Gallagher — they may be less willing to commit to the program.

Noreen is still considering playing at BC, but no official decisions have been made.

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