With a roster that includes three transfers and seven freshman, with only three returning players, the selection of the team captains for the Boston University men's basketball team will go a long way towards determining the attitude and character of this young, developing team.
Keeping this in mind, second-year BU head coach Patrick Chambers named junior forward Jake O'Brien, junior forward Patrick Hazel, and junior guard Matt Griffin as the team captains for the upcoming 2009-10 season.
"It was their consistency on a day-to-day basis, to lead in the locker room, lead in the classroom, lead socially and obviously lead on the court, and to be an extension of me," Chambers said explaining his decision at America East media day yesterday.
O'Brien, a member of the Preseason All-Conference Team, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 13.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game on his way to being named to the All-Conference Third Team. The BC High School product is the only returning player to be named a captain.
This will be the first season with the Terriers for both Hazel and Griffin, who transfered from Marquette University and Rider University, respectively. Both had to sit out last season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.
Hazel appeared in 21 games in two seasons with the Golden Eagles, averaging 1.6 PPG and 1.7 RPG. Griffin was also a captain for Rider his sophomore season, a year in which he averaged 2.9 PPG, 2 RPG and 1.3 APG.