Nov. 17, 2010
Five high-school standouts - 6-foot-8-inch forward Ryan Anderson, 6-foot11-inch center Kyle Caudill, 7-foot center Dennis Clifford, 6-foot-4-inch guard Lonnie Jackson and 6-foot-6-inch forward Eddie Odio - have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Boston College, according to an announcement by Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. All five players will enroll at BC in September 2011 and begin play during the 2011-12 season.
Anderson, a standout at Long Beach Polytechnic (Calif.) High School, averaged 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game as a junior. A versatile power forward, he is widely considered the top player on the likely preseason No. 1 team in the state.
Caudill, who plays at Brea Olinda (Calif.) High School, earned All-CIF Southern Section Division 3A second-team honors after averaging 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game as a junior for the Wildcats. This past summer, the center was a member of the USA Youth Olympic Games Team that finished with a 5-2 record at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Clifford, who played the 2009-10 season at Milton Academy after transferring from Bridgewater-Raynham High School, averaged 18.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as a junior. He gained All-Independent School League accolades. One year earlier, he earned Old Colony League MVP honors after posting 16.0 ppg and 14.0 rpg at Bridgewater-Raynham. Clifford also plays with the Bay State Magic travel team.
Jackson, who plays at Valencia (Calif.) High School, averaged 23.6 points per game as a junior for the Vikings. Like Caudill, he plays with the California Pump N Run AAU club. Together, they led the club to the 2010 Adidas Super 64 tournament title in Las Vegas. Jackson is a noted for his outside shooting ability.
Odio averaged 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds as a junior at Christopher Columbus (Fla.) High School, leading his team to the 6A regional finals. A small forward with good shooting range, Odio plays with the Gold Coast AAU club. He is also a standout player on his school's volleyball team.