October 13, 2011
Rahon Picks BC
Steve Donahue secured his first commitment of the class of 2012 in a big way when combo guard Joe Rahon committed to the school on Wednesday. Rahon chose BC over Stanford, St. Mary's, and Oregon. In the end, the Eagles had a few more positives that outweighed the positives that other schools offered.
"The coaching staff was a huge factor in my decision for sure. Coach Donahue, Coach Graham, and the rest of the staff were great for the whole process. The staff had great success at Cornell and they are all great basketball coaches. I just felt like I built a strong relationship with them. I trust them. The other factor was academics. BC is a great school. Being in the ACC and playing against great competition every night was probably the third factor," said Rahon.
During the last month of recruitment, the BC staff impressed Rahon by making multiple trips out to California to see him.
"That was great of them. They didn't have to do that by any means. It really showed me how much they wanted me to come to BC. They did a great job at the in-home visit and it was really then when my family and I just fell in love with the school," said Rahon.
When Rahon arrives at the Heights he'll be the 5th member of the BC roster from California. That was icing on the cake for Rahon.
"When I took my official visit Ryan Anderson was my host and being around the guys and knowing them made feel more comfortable with the school quicker. I talked to some of the guys and they said they love it and made the adjustment pretty easily it gave me confidence that I could do the same. I've played with Kyle Caudill and Lonnie Jackson before on the Pumps. Having guys from California that went across the country to play there was a bonus," said Rahon.
So what are the Eagles getting in Rahon? First and foremost he is a deadly shooter from the outside. You can go on YouTube and watch any number of highlight videos of him draining threes. An underrated part of Rahon's game is his handle on the ball which he uses to create offense for himself and for teammates. In fact, Rahon played quite a bit of point guard for his AAU Dream Visions team.
"Another thing I loved about BC is they trust me as a point guard too. I feel like that's a part of my game that gets overlooked. I think I can create for others as well as score. I really look to score when the time is right," said Rahon.
Rahon says that he can't wait to get to campus next year to join his new team and attend his new school. In the meantime, Rahon will be focusing on improving a few parts of his game.
"I'm trying to get a little quicker and stronger. I know the guys in the ACC are big, fast, and physical and I'm going to have to adjust to that quickly. Also, I want to improve my shooting even more. I want to be able to go there and be lights out automatic every time," said Rahon.
The commitment of Joe Rahon is a great start to the class of 2012. BC fans hope that it's a sign of even more exciting commitments to come.
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