Last year, the Eagles were ahead of the curve on big man Sean Williams and he's paying dividends inside. This season, it looks like Boston College might have found itself another valuable rotation player that once again, managed to slip under the national conscious.
Evan Neisler, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, is the latest B.C. signee that wasn't a household name and didn't spark much name recognition on signing day. However, Neisler is going to assist the Eagles the next four seasons.
On Saturday, his Word of God squad dropped a well played game to Ravenscroft 63-61. Ravenscroft is led by junior power forward Matt Gwynne, a good prospect in his own right.
During the contest, Neisler exhibited a number of traits that should allow him to contribute at Boston College. Given the Eagles current talent, you can project Neisler as an energy guy, maybe in a strong 6th man role.
At 6-7, Neisler isn't quite ideal power forward height but he more than compensates with his energy in the paint and athleticism. He aggressively pursues rebounds out of his area. He's rangy and plays smart. If he can develop his perimeter game to the point where he's comfortable from mid-range that would be a big asset.
Against Ravenscroft, we credited him with 26 points and 14 rebounds on 10-for-14 from the field.
Meanwhile, Gwynne had 16 points, the second highest total on the team. The Ravens were led by David McClenny, a UNC-Greensboro signee, who scored 18.
"I think all of them want to see some AAU ball," Gwynne's father Matt said. "They want to see if he's a bull or a rajin' bull."