May 22, 2014

Eagles Add Batten

Boston College picked up a commitment from 5th year senior Dimitri Batten this week. Batten is a 6'3" shooting guard that spent the last four years at Old Dominion.


Batten chose BC after getting interest from Baylor, Duquesne, Hampton, Norfolk State, and Texas Southern. In 2008, as a three-star recruit, Batten chose Old Dominion over VCU and Miami.


The shooting guard comes in as a 5th year senior and will have a chance to start right away. One interesting aspect of Batten's signing is that it means the Eagles will have seven scholarships open up in the class of 2015 since he will be added to the list of players that will depart after next year. The staff had considered taking a flyer on a "project-type" freshmen in the 2014 class, but the thought was that the roster needed help immediately for next season.


Batten has an opportunity to step in and play significant minutes next season. Olivier Hanlan will of course play plenty of time at the one, but Batten will battle with Lonnie Jackson and Darryl Hicks at the two. Jackson and Batten have both played at the three spot before as well, although both were out of position at those spots against better competition.


Batten had a bit of a roller coaster career at Old Dominion. Batten redshirted in his true freshman year. That in itself was not very surprising since former ODU coach Blaine Taylor redshirted players quite often and was effective in doing so. The part that was strange is that many reports indicate that Batten was in the doghouse off and on under Taylor, which explains some of his up and down playing time in certain games. None of the reports provided further details as to what caused the dispute between the two.

What can't be disputed is that Batten provides some much needed back court depth for the Eagles. Batten averaged double digit points per game two years ago in the Colonial League and last season in Conference USA. He's a little streaky from behind the arc, but he is effective scoring in transition. Batten also adds some much needed toughness on the defensive end of the court, and is instantly one of the best athletes on the roster right now.

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