6-11 Big Man Idrissa Diallo to Boston College

Boston College on Saturday landed a verbal pledge from 6-foot-11, 235-pound Los Angeles Cathedral big man Idrissa Diallo, a former Cal commit.

Diallo decommitted from Cal after the coaching change that brought in Cuonzo Martin.

“It’s a legit opportunity to play the four spot in the ACC with a coach [Jim Christian] that’s committed to him and his ongoing development,” Cathedral coach William Middlebrooks told SNY.tv by phone. “He understands where he is, where he’s trying to go and I think he’s genuinely committed to help him going there.” To read more of this story, click here

Jared Terrell Visits Boston College, Rhody (UPDATED)

Former Oklahoma State pledge Jared Terrell visited Boston College on Monday and Rhode Island on Tuesday, sources told SNY.tv.

Adam Finkelstein reported that Terrell said he “really enjoyed” his visit to BC.

Boston College recently hired Jim Christian as head coach and Christian added Preston Murphy, a former Rhode Island assistant, and Scott Spinelli, a Massachusetts native, to his staff.

The 6-foot-3 Terrell of Brewster (N.H.) Academy picked Oklahoma State last September over Rhode Island, Providence and Cincinnati. He is ranked No. 66 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com.

Providence is no longer recruiting Terrell, sources told SNY.tv, while Rhode Island remains in the mix. To read more of this story, click here

Matt Farrell to Boston College

Matt Farrell, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.), verbally pledged to Boston College over Monmouth and Dartmouth on Tuesday.

“I wanna be challenged and I wanna see if I can play at the highest level,” Farrell said, according to Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.

Farrell is the second Point Pleasant player to pledge to a Division 1 school in recent weeks, following 6-8 forward Dom Uhl, who committed to Iowa on SNY,tv. He is BC’s first pledge in 2014.

“Matt is a highly skilled point guard who can shoot it and has a great feel for the game,” Point Pleasant Beach coach Nick Catania told SNY.tv. “He is super quick with the ball and makes his teammates around him better.

“However, the reason he will succeed at Boston College is because of his competitive spirit. He hates to lose.”

Photo: APP

Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

And like ZAGS on Facebook

 

Garland Owens to BC; Dwayne Daniel to Iona; Torren Jones to Mizzou

Garland Owens, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward from Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy, pledged to Boston College Sunday, choosing the ACC school over Seton Hall after visiting the Pirates this weekend.

“The coaching staff made me feel like I was a part of the family,” Owens, a Maryland native, told SNY.tv after it was previously reported by several outlets.

“They have something special in store for me. And it’s in the ACC, arguably the best conference in the world.”

Asked what skillset he will bring, Owens said, “Just my athleticism and my energy to make momentum-changing plays whether it be a dunk or a block, just big play-making ability.” To read more of this story, click here

Garrett Says St. John's, Oregon Top List

Amir Garrett, a four-star wing from Las Vegas, says St. John’s and Oregon top his recruiting list right now.

“I’m considering St. John’s and Oregon,” the 6-foot-6, 194-pound Garrett said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif. “They’re at the top right now.”

The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Garrett is also considering Boston College, Kansas and Miami.

Garrett, who will play at national power Findlay Prep in Las Vegas this season, said  he’s still planning out his schedule of official visits with his father

“I’m gonna visit Kansas for sure, and Miami,” he said. “I took an unofficial to Boston College already. I might try to take an official there.” To read more of this story, click here

Baylor Lands 7-Footer Austin

The Top 3 players in the Rivals Class of 2012 are all centers.

Now one of them is off the board.

Isaiah Austin, a 7-footer from Burleson (Texas) Grace Prep, committed to Baylor during the Adidas Nations Global Experience Monday night on CBS College Sports.

Austin is ranked No. 2 nationally by Rivals.

Baylor reached the NCAA regional finals last season before losing to eventual national champion Duke.

The other two big men in the Class of 2012 are 6-9 Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More (Conn.), who said he may announce his list this month, and 6-10 DaJuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt, who lists Syracuse, Ohio State, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Louisville, UConn, Florida and North Carolina.

FREE THROWS

Indiana also landed a commitment from 6-11 rising junior center Peter Jurkin of United Faith Christian Academy (N.C.) and the Indiana Elite travel team, according to reports. Jurkin, a native of the Sudan, also considered North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson…6-11 junior big Kyle Caudill of Bera (Calif.) Olinda committed to Boston College, per Scout.com.

Amir Garrett Planning Visits

Amir Garrett is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2011 and he’s currently planning out his schedule of visits.

“He’s going to officially visit Kansas, Miami and Boston College,” Garrett’s coach, Matt Goren, said Wednesday by phone.

The 6-foot-6 Garrett has already visited St. John’s and Boston College unofficially.

Goren said Oregon, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Seattle and San Diego State were also involved.

“But right now I’m open,” Garrett recently told Wildcat Sports Report. “I want to listen to what the college coaches have to say.” To read more of this story, click here

Jabarie Hinds to Cut List in August

Mount Vernon (N.Y.) has churned out a slew of Division 1 players in recent years, from Jonathan Mitchell to Mike Coburn to Kevin Jones to Sherrod Wright.

The latest is rising senior point guard Jabarie Hinds, ranked No. 23 at his position nationally by Rivals.

Hinds recently added Boston College to a long list of suitors that also includes Cincinnati, Florida State, Iona, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, St. John’s, UConn, UNLV, Villanova, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“He’s just taking everything in,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “He will chop the list the first week in August and make plans for official visits.”

Hinds will be in Orlando beginning Friday with the Westchester Hawks for the AAU Nationals.

Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

Travis Taylor Back on the Market

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor is now back on the market and won’t attend Boston College.

I’m hearing BC wasn’t aware that Taylor had been suspended for seven games last season for “violating team rules.” Really? How do you not know that?

Anyway, the 6-foot-7 Taylor, a Union, N.J. native, will visit Xavier Tuesday and is also considering Miami, Cincinnati and Arizona State. To read more of this story, click here

Taylor to Boston College; Fields on The Move

A couple of high-profile college transfers are on the move…

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor has opted to transfer to Boston College and play for former Cornell coach Steve Donahue. Taylor chose the Eagles over Seton Hall and Temple.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Union, N.J., averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season

“This was an extremely tough choice for Travis and multiple factors played into his decision making process,” said Bill Diamond, the Taylor family adviser. “It was well thought out and he and his family asked all of the right questions. Travis loved the campus, the academic reputation and the coaching staff.  He has an opportunity to earn immediate playing time in one of the best conferences in the country. Steve Donahue is a proven coach and will do a tremendous job in Travis’s maturation process on and off the court.” To read more of this story, click here