NCB On The Trail: Boston College Eagles

#AskCoachB: Four on the rise

November, 21, 2013
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From Twitter (@james_peden9): Who are some young teams that we should be keeping and eye on that you think are on the rise? #AskCoachB

Besides the Kentucky Wildcats, who have to be the youngest team in the NCAA this season, there are a few teams to keep your eye on.

Take a look at the Clemson Tigers, who have no seniors and will be led by junior K.J. McDaniels, who is one of the best athletes in the ACC. They are picked near the bottom of their league, but after watching them practice and calling their game against South Carolina, I believe they could be much higher in the standings.

The Boston College Eagles have a very promising and young team returning, led by junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Olivier Hanlan, who was the ACC freshman of the year.

Out west, BYU has no seniors and is loaded with skill and the impactful guys are juniors Matt Carlino and junior Tyler Haws.

A program on the rise is SMU, as their top three scorers this season are all underclassmen: sophomore Nic Moore, freshman Ben Moore and freshman Keith Frazier. Looking ahead to next season, they add the No. 5 prospect in 2014, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Watch for these four programs to make a move this year and be strong in the future.

Staley to play two at Mississippi State

June, 15, 2013
Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler), a four-star, dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron and a three-star small forward on the hardwood, has committed to play both football and basketball for the Bulldogs, the Clarion Ledger reports.

"I love the whole college town," he said. "It seems like one big family there. I love their facilities and love their coaching staff for both basketball and football. It's SEC and the fan base down there is ridiculous."

The 6-foot-6, 208-pound standout originally committed to Vanderbilt in April but went back on the market in May after it became apparent that the Commodores wanted him to focus on one sport.

Appalachian State, Boston College, Marshall, Massachusetts and Virginia were his other football offers.

Staley is a key addition for the Bulldogs, who recently lost their prized quarterback recruit from 2013. Four-star Cord Sandberg (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft and signed for $725,000.

Mississippi State has nine commitments for 2014.