Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Watson commits to BU

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

New Boston University men's basketball coach Joe Jones has received another big commitment early in his tenure with the Terriers as he landed a verbal commitment from Philadelphia Boys' Latin point guard Maurice Watson, the 5'9" floor general announced in a press conference this morning.

Watson is a two-star player rated as a 88 on, making him the No. 29-ranked point guard in the class of 2012, according to the website's database.

The commitment from Watson is the second Jones has received in the past month from the class of 2012, as Connecticut shooting guard John Papale. Watson has been praised by several recruiting outlets for his ball distribution skills and his savvy decision-making, as well as his speed.

Watson selected BU after it made the cut of his final four schools last week, a list that also included the University of Virginia, Hofstra University and La Salle University.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BU recruit set to announce decision Saturday

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Maurice Watson, a point guard in the class of 2012, is set to announce his college decision on Saturday with BU remaining as one of his final four choices, according to his personal Twitter account.

A standout at Boys' Latin School in Philadelphia, the 5'9" Watson has narrowed his college choices to BU, the University of Virginia, Hofstra University and La Salle University. The announcement is set to take place at his high school.

Widely-noted as an exceptionally cerebral floor general, Watson is rated as an 88 by's recruiting database, making him the No. 29 rated point guard in the country.

BU gets commit from 2012 shooting guard

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Among former Boston University men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers' greatest achievements in his time with the program was his ability to recruit heralded talent to Commonwealth Ave.

It's early, but Chambers' successor, first-year head coach Joe Jones, looks to be picking up exactly where Chambers left off as Jones picked up his first commitment in his tenure as the Terriers' new coach as Choate-Rosemary Hall (Conn.) shooting guard John Papale, this according to Adam Finkelstein of and the New England Recruiting Report.

Papale reportedly had offers from 23 other Division-I schools, a list that included the likes of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island, before ultimately settling on the Terriers.

"First and foremost, BU is an excellent school and the opportunity to receive a world-class education in a great city like Boston is a situation I feel great about," Papale told the New England Recruiting Report. "From a basketball standpoint, I feel really comfortable with Coach Jones and the entire staff and feel confident that I can come in and make a significant impact right away towards helping the program succeed."

The 6'3" Papale is a two-star prospect on's recruiting database, an 85 overall, and is rated as the No. 81 shooting guard in the nation.

Terriers to face three more in Legends Classic

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
Over a month and a half ago, it was revealed that the Boston University men's basketball team would be participating in the Ticket City Legends Classic and would face the University of Texas.

Now, two more opponents have been added to that slate as the BU athletic department announced today in a press release that the Terriers will also face Cleveland State University, the University of Rhode Island and Hofstra University in the round robin-style tournament.

Play will begin for the Terriers on Nov. 13 as they will travel to Austin to square off against head coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns.

Less than two weeks later, tournament play will resume for BU as it takes on the three aforementioned opponents in consecutive days, as it will play against Cleveland State on Nov. 25, Rhode Island on Nov. 26 and Hofstra on Nov. 27. Those three games will be taking place at the Ryan Center on the Rhode Island campus.

All four of the opponents for first-year head coach Joe Jones and the Terriers were ranked in the top 100 of the RPI last season, with each of the four teams qualifying for postseason tournaments, albeit only one (Texas) reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Full Court Press will continue to provide updates as BU's non-conference schedule continues to take form.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jones adds another assistant

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

With Curtis Wilson and Shaun Morris already on board for new Boston University men's basketball coach Joe Jones' first staff, Jones added another assistant to the list, hiring Carmen Maciariello as an assistant coach.

Maciariello spent only a few months as the coordinator of basketball operations for Providence College, following new Friars coach Ed Cooley after working under him as an assistant coach for three seasons at Fairfield University. At Fairfield, he was the lead recruiter for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-rookie team member Maurice Barrow. In his three seasons under Cooley at Fairfield, the Stags went 64-33 went two postseason appearances, albeit neither of them NCAA Tournament berths.

Prior to his time at Fairfield, Maciariello spent the 2005-06 season as the director of basketball operations for his alma mater, Siena College. Maciariello also spent time as the vice president and coach of the Albany City Rocks, an Elite Nike travel team that allowed Maciariello to work with players such as Jimmer Fredette and Talor Battle.

Jones' hire of Maciariello will likely complete his first staff at BU, a staff that also includes Wilson, Morris and director of basketball operations Joe Bianco.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lowe signs pro contract in Israel

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

After spending last season playing in Greece, former Boston University men's basketball standout Corey Lowe will continue his professional career, signing a contract with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli League.

A four-year starter at guard for the Terriers from 2006-09, Lowe finished his BU career as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,815 points and the program's all-time leader with 313 3-pointers made.

A highly-touted recruit coming out of Newton North High School, Lowe was a three-time all-America East Conference performer, netting AE first team honors in 2009, and second team honors in 2008 and 2010.

Lowe becomes the former BU player to ink a professional contract overseas this summer, joining former teammate John Holland, who signed a contract in July with Chorale de Roanne of the French Pro A Division.