Heights Sports Editors Preview “Pack Power”

November 6, 2012

(Photo of freshmen Olivier Hanlan, left, and Joe Rahon, right, by Graham Beck/Heights Editor)

Men’s basketball kicks off the season with “Pack Power” tomorrow night. In a preview for the event, we decided to draft two hypothetical squads for the intersquad scrimmage and also make picks for the contests. Sports Editor Greg Joyce drafted his own squad against Assoc. and Asst. Sports Editors Chris Marino and Austin Tedesco. Joyce had the first pick, and then there was a snake draft to fill out the six-man rosters. Here are both squads followed by explanations for each pick.

Marino and Tedesco won the toss, and elected to go second. Joyce got the first pick, then Marino and Tedesco got two picks for their squad, and then Joyce got two picks and so on until the rosters filled at six players each.

Round 1

Joyce – 1. Ryan Anderson So. F 6-8 220

The man can do everything except grow facial hair—that comes in his junior year. But for real, I am a believer in the Anderson Workout Plan (see Thursday), and I want that drive on my team.

Marino – 1. Dennis Clifford So. C 7-0 250

Despite being picked at No. 2, we already think we have the steal of the draft in seven-footer Dennis Clifford. He has the body type of Tyler Zeller and the ball handling skills of most point guards in the ACC. Someone please tell us how you can cover that?

Tedesco – 2. Olivier Hanlan Fr. G 6-4 188

“Not only will Hanlan be the best play-maker on the squad, but he’s also got incredible size and strength to match up with any guard Joyce’s squad will throw at us. I’m expecting most of our points to come off an unstoppable Clifford and Hanlan pick-and-roll game.”

Round 2

Joyce – 2. Lonnie Jackson So. G 6-3 173 and 3. Joe Rahon Fr. G 6-2 195

Two pure shooters right here, but also solid defenders. You gotta perform on both sides of the court on Team Joyce. Jackson lit it up in one of BC’s preseason scrimmages, and he’ll do the same against Team Marino and Tedesco. Meanwhile, Rahon absolutely can and will cover his classmate O. The two might not be talking in their dorm room after this smackdown.”

Marino – 3. Patrick Heckmann So. F 6-5 205

German sensation Patrick Heckmann returns to the Heights after a summer of playing overseas, and should give our squad the best size advantage in the wing. After missing most of last year with mono, he’ll be looking to make up for lost time.

Tedesco – 4. Jordan Daniels So. G 5-8 153

“Although the hype surrounds both freshmen, Daniels proved his capacity for sharp-shooting and smart play against FSU last year. Donahue’s offense thrives on having two point guards on the court at all times, and we grabbed two good ones.”

Round 3

Joyce – 4. Eddie Odio So. F 6-7 205 and 5. Andrew van Nest Sr. F 6-10 247

Time to get some sizable forwards, who can play in the key but also step out on the wing for a trey to ignite Power. Odio has some definite underdog/sleeper characteristics to him, and they’ll be on full display with his big minutes. Van Nest has the Harvard smarts to him, and he clearly knows how to beat the Eagles. He’ll fill in Team Joyce on the secrets before the game.”

Marino – 5. Danny Rubin Jr. G 6-6 190

As the most experienced player on the Eagles’ roster, Danny Rubin should provide our squad with some valuable wisdom, while also sporting a quick three-point stroke.”

Tedesco – 6. John Cain Carney So. F 6-7 220

“We’re going with Carney as our bench player. I think he has a decent shot to crack the rotation this year, and he’ll at the very least provide some good energy on the defensive end for our squad.”

Round 4

Joyce – 6. KC Caudill So. C 6-11 275

Bring on the boos, but someone’s gotta knocks some bodies over down on the low post. I’m looking at you, KC.

Each Sports Editor also selected one player to win the Shooting Stars, Knockout, and Half-Court Shot contests.

Shooting Stars

Joyce – Olivier Hanlan Fr. G 6-4 188

Olivier brought some Drano with him all the way from Canada. It’ll be on full display during the Shooting Stars contest.

Marino – Lonnie Jackson So. G 6-3 173

Lonnie was a major threat from beyond the perimeter last season, and he’s shown no signs of shying away from the big shot. Head coach Steve Donahue has commented on Jackson’s competitive nature and focus, so watch for him to break away from the competition in this one. He’s a very streaky shooter – in a good way.

Tedesco – Joe Rahon Fr. G 6-2 195

“Jackson is probably the favorite going into this contest, but I’m going to take the freshman Rahon to steal it from the sophomore. His mechanics are great and I think he should be a little more consistent than the streaky Jackson.”

Knockout

Joyce – Lonnie Jackson So. G 6-3 173

Lonnie Jackson has this one in the bag. He can stroke from the charity stripe, but has the speed to recover when someone (Hey KC) knocks his ball into the corner.

Marino – Jordan Daniels So. G 5-8 153

Jordan has one of the quickest jumpers on the roster, and if he were to miss his first shot, his quickness should benefit him in rushing after those second-chance opportunities. Don’t underestimate his fast-paced style of play.

Tedesco – Olivier Hanlan Fr. G 6-4 188

“I don’t see how O loses this event. Great shot, freak athlete, and fierce competitor.”


Half Court

Joyce – Danny Rubin Jr. G 6-6 190

Danny Rubin. Absolutely no question about it.

Marino – Dennis Clifford So. C 7-0 250

Something just tells me Cliff could be the guy to pull this off. He already has the ability to shoot it from outside with the same precision as his guards, but he might also have that extra strength to knock it down from a little bit further.

Tedesco – John Cahill Graduate Assistant

“This one is easy. John Cahill takes a step off the bench and shows up all of his former teammates to steal the win since he’s had time to practice these kind of shots in his spare time.”

“Pack Power” opens at 6:00 PM tomorrow with free pizza and drinks for the first 300 students. Power Gym opens at 6:30 and the event starts at 7. Also, The Heights basketball preview comes out on Thursday. Be sure to pick up a copy.

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