Dennis Clifford Named Captain of BC Men’s Basketball Team

(Photo by Graham Beck, Heights Editor)

By Austin Tedesco, Asst. Sports Editor

Dennis Clifford has been voted the captain of the Boston College men’s basketball team for the 2012-2013 season. The sophomore appeared in all 31 games for the Eagles last year and started in 25. He averaged 9.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds, and was also named ACC Rookie of the Week during January.

Clifford made huge strides during the summer according to head coach Steve Donahue and his teammates. He also played very well during the team’s trip to Spain in August.

"What I think you’re seeing from Dennis is, there’s maturation in every aspect of his game, but what he’s really starting to get comfortable with is really being a great finisher,” Donahue said. “A lot of his stuff came off of pick and rolls, pick and pops, driving to the basket, and he’s really finishing because he’s stronger, he’s more athletic, he’s more confident, slowing down, not being nervous and rushing his stuff in small areas, and he scored everything. I think he missed like three shots the whole night. So it was an impressive performance [the team’s first game in Spain].”

“He was just working,” said freshman guard Joe Rahon. “He came out from the start—and we didn’t play particularly well in that first game, but Dennis was phenomenal. He carried us in that first game. He was really our go-to guy all trip. Whenever we needed a bucket or anything, we’d throw him the ball in the post or give him the ball in the high post and let him facilitate and decide what to do with it. He never stopped working on the glass offensively, and defensively he was great. He’s been a great leader for us too this past summer.”

The Eagles open up their season 11 days from today against Florida International at home in Conte Forum.

Be sure to check out The Heights’ annual Basketball Preview, which comes out next Thursday, Nov. 8, jam-packed with features and analysis on the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

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