Less than a week before their season starts, Boston College guard Jordan Daniels will reportedly leave the basketball program and transfer, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS. Daniels is a sophomore who played in all 31 games in his first season in Chestnut HIll. He started a majority of the team's games, earning a significant role in Steve Donahue's rotation as a freshman. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 assists.
Donahue has overseen major roster turnover in his two seasons at the Heights, but Rothstein adds that Daniels is likely headed to a school closer to home on the West Coast. Daniels certainly would have been a contributor this season, and the news is a blow for a coach and program trying to reestablish themselves in the ACC. Freshman Olivier Hanlan was expected to take minutes from Daniels, but the sophomore was still one of the team's best ball handlers. Conrad Kaczmarek discussed the news at BC Interruption:
As far as basketball reasons are concerned, it seemed that Daniels would be playing a smaller role on this year's squad. The arrival of Olivier Hanlon would likely push Daniels to the bench. Hanlon's size (6-4) is a big advantage over Daniels (5-8, maybe) and Donahue has been singing Hanlon's praises all summer long.
The Eagles will tip off the season this weekend against Florida International.