Neisler, Gwynne Tangle In Raleigh

<b>RALEIGH, N.C. –</b> A pair of Triangle high school standouts got together Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. Evan Neisler, a Boston College commitment, had a strong showing.

To a man, college basketball coaches will admit that the staff at Boston College does a tremendous job of evaluating prospects. Each year they seemingly come up with a player that flies under the radar and winds up being a big producer for the Eagles (see Craig Smith, Jared Dudley, etc.).

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.

Gwynne, a face up power forward with confidence in his perimeter game, couldn't get his perimeter game clicking. He shot 7-for-17 to go with 9 rebounds but the shot chart shows the kind of versatility that defines his game. Clemson has already offered the junior big man.

"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."

Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State and Virginia are picking up their interest in Gwynne.

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