Team preview: Boston University

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

No coach in the America East is more eager for this season to start than the one with the longest tenure, Boston University is Dennis Wolff. The reason: It will mean last season and offseason will be officially behind him.

After four straight 20-win seasons, it was no surprise the Terriers took a step back last season. However, in-season suspensions and off-season transfers made a long year for Wolff and his staff even longer.

After releasing juniors Tony Gaffney and Bryan Geffen and sophomore Brendan Sullivan from their scholarships in the spring, Wolff was stunned when sophomore wing Corey Hassan, a member of the America East All-Rookie team, announced that he was transferring.

"We've had an eventful four or five months," Wolff said in late summer.

Hassan (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg) would have been the Terriers' top returning scorer and only proven outside threat and was miffed when BU limited the schools it would release him to sign with. He eventually wound up at Sacred Heart.

So, with four players having transferred and starters Kevin Gardner (13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg,
1.2 bpg), a first-team all-league selection, and Shaun Wynn (7.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg) having graduated, it is almost like the Terriers are starting over.

"I like the talent on our team and I like the makeup of our kids," said Wolff, who has added five freshmen, a junior transfer and welcomes back two players who sat out last season as redshirts. "We won't be speaking of having much experience at the beginning of the season, but we have eight new guys and have improved ourselves at every position."