Another Boston College basketball player has decided to leave the program after a difficult stretch with the Eagles, as Vin Baker Jr. took to Instagram to announce that he is transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Baker entered the transfer portal earlier this summer in an attempt to move away from BC after two frustrating seasons. The 6’9” swingman averaged only 7.0 minutes per game in 41 total appearances with the Eagles.
Baker is another member of the class of 2021 that never found his role on the team. During his freshman year, the Eagles arguably had one of the best backcourts in the conference in Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson, making it difficult for head coach Jim Christian to find minutes for his younger players.
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New beginnings, and a time to rebuild! After a long summer following the decision to enter the transfer portal, I have been blessed with a new opportunity! It’s about that time to show everyone that I’m just getting started and this VBJ era is not done yet! I’m happy to announce that I will be starting this new path and continuing my athletic and academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee!! GO PANTHERS!!
This past season things actually got worse for Baker, who logged less playing time than the year prior. Seeing as he lost his minutes to younger players, such as Wynston Tabbs and Chris Herren Jr., Baker realized that it was time to find a new school.
Baker is the third member of the men’s basketball team to transfer out of BC this summer, with grad transfer Johncarlos Reyes and junior Avery Wilson moving to Nevada and Southeastern Louisiana respectively. While none of these players were stars at BC, this movement points to a concerning trend for the program in terms of evaluating talent.
Jim Christian’s recruiting record at Boston College has been spotty. He has either hit big or missed big with very little middle ground. Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson, both of whom are currently playing in the NBA, were massive successes, but a lot of the more recent recruits have not been of the same standard.
For the bigger programs, like Duke and Kentucky, this is not a huge issue because the uber-talented players can overcompensate for their teammates’ struggles. However, BC’s premium players have been unable to do the same, making it difficult for the Eagles to be successful.
Christian, simply put, needs to stop missing so dramatically with some of his recruiting choices. The class of 2022 appears to be very skilled and players like Tabbs, Herren Jr., and Jairus Hamilton had tremendous freshman seasons. However, most of the class of 2021 has transferred, and the rest of this year’s junior class plays spot minutes when necessary.
It cannot be denied that Christian has hit big, but he has also missed big on many occasions. Consistency is key for BC basketball next season if it is to improve on its 11th place conference finish last year.
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