Here is another new face in Boston College basketball, but like Deirunas Visockas, it’s not a freshman. Salah Abdo (#0), a graduate student from Chelsea, may have Reggie Jackson’s old number, but probably won’t get that kind of playing time.
Abdo was a late addition to the 2011-2012 Eagles, joining BC as a post-graduate walk-on. He has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, and he will get to finish his collegiate career in the ACC. Prior to joining the Eagles, Abdo played at Trinity College in Connecticut, a Division III school. This is the first time I can distinctly remember, in my eight years of following Boston College sports, our school picking up a D-III player in a revenue sport (but it is not technically a transfer, because like Viscokas, he graduated from his previous school). Our head coach played for a D-III school, though, so it can’t be all bad.
Abdo played for Trinity from 2008 to 2011, getting playing time one season after the Bantams won a NESCAC title. (By the way, in case you were wondering what the hell a bantam is, it’s a chicken.) Prior to that, he played AAU ball for Metro Boston at home and played his high school ball at St. Mark’s in Southborough.
Also like fellow graduate student Deirunas Visockas, Abdo has missed quite a bit of time due to injury. During what would be his final season at Trinity last year, he played in only three games.
He and Visockas will probably fulfill the same functions: to teach the younger players as guys who have played years of college basketball, provide moral support, and, when necessary, get minutes and help the team win on the court. How much Abdo will contribute to this team is not clear, but it will almost certainly be a pleasure for him to wear the Boston College maroon and gold in his home area in front of his hometown fans once again.