Tyler Roche, a 6-foot-6 ½, 195-pound rising senior at Manchester Central (N.H.), committed to BC on Tuesday night, just days after returning from an unofficial visit to N.C. State.
``I'm pumped," Roche said. "I loved the campus, the school and the coaching staff."
Roche is a guy who made his way onto the radar a little less than a year ago when he put up big numbers in Orlando with the N.H. Playerz. He averaged 26 points and eight boards as a junior in high school, but he and his summer-league team weren't a fixture on the circuit so he didn't get a lot of exposure.
However, Roche recently picked up an offer from Al Skinner and the Eagles – and was also on the verge of picking one up from N.C. State. Providence, Georgetown and George Washington were also in the mix.
Roche is a big-time outside shooter who needs to get stronger, but he's improved the physical part of his game in the last couple of months and will likely be Jared Dudley's successor.
``Even if N.C. State offered, I thought BC was the best decision," Roche said. "I was just more comfortable with them."
``I just feel really good about my decision," Roche added. "The coaching staff was real personable and it was the best campus I had visited. Plus, it's a top-notch education."
Also, it didn't hurt that Roche's family only has to make an hour drive to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to watch his games.