BC hockey star creates successful switch to basketball
February 2, 2018 - Basketballs
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston College basketball manager Erik Johnson wasn’t certain what he was going to get when former Eagles hockey star Andie Anastos emailed him seeking to join a basketball organisation this year.
Anastos had run out of eligibility to play hockey, and her educational advisor suggested she play basketball — a competition she had excelled during in high school.
She talked to her hockey coach, who suspicion it was a good suspicion and that she could assistance move some maestro care to a immature basketball team.
“I suspicion we was removing Rudy,” Johnson said, referring to a famous Notre Dame football walk-on. “I suspicion she’d use hard, chuck her physique around. If she ever got on a court, it would be an inspirational form thing.”
She’s been a lot some-more than for Boston College.
Three months into a season, Anastos is a team’s starting indicate guard, leads a organisation in assists and is one of a many fit scorers while personification 33.5 mins per game.
“Coming in, we didn’t design any genuine personification time, we only wanted to come in to try and assistance out a organisation in enlightenment areas,” Anastos said. “Obviously, a season’s not going how we wanted to as we’re a really immature organisation right now. we only wish we can get these players to know what it takes to be successful.”
Anastos excelled on a hockey team, assisting a Eagles get to a Frozen Four her final dual years. She also scored overtime goals in a Hockey East semifinals and finals final season. She was such an implausible personality in hockey that even when she was hurt, a coaches motionless to dress her and have her on a bench. She was a singular two-time captain of BC’s hockey team, and was named captain of a basketball team.
Anastos played both hockey and basketball when she was in high school. Her high propagandize basketball manager would arrange use times around Anastos’ hockey schedule.
Before fasten a organisation this year, Anastos certified she hadn’t overwhelmed a basketball most given high school, personification only a few times with friends.
“When we initial started playing, we was chucking adult shots and it wasn’t pretty,” Anastos removed with a laugh.
Johnson remembers giving her a audition with a few alums who were in a area operative out. While her skills weren’t a best, a manager saw how fast she would repair mistakes.
“She would collect things adult really fast and would scold her errors,” he said. “She was really coachable.”
While a Eagles (6-16) are struggling by a tough season, Johnson knows that Anastos’ work ethic is rubbing off on his immature organisation — their tip 5 scorers are freshmen and sophomores.
“Often a child who is a hardest worker, isn’t taken to good by a other players,” Johnson said. “Andie’s a cold child that everybody wants to be like.”
Johnson pronounced she’s also been rubbing off on a coaching staff.
“She reminded me in a recruiting stage that we all make a mistake of removing smitten with a child who runs aloft and faster. The fantastic this or that. we only had a recruiting assembly and we pronounced ‘is she going to act some-more like Andie, or some-more like players that haven’t over their potential?'”
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