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Former BC guard Jordan Daniels resurfaces at Drake 01.16.13 at 9:59 pm ET
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Jordan Daniels, the point guard who took over a starting role at Boston College last season but transferred before the start of this campaign, will attend Drake, the Iowa school announced Wednesday.

Daniels will be eligible at the end of the fall semester next season and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Daniels, a 5-foot-9 speedster from Southern California, averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 assists while starting 25 games as a BC freshman last season.

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College basketball notebook: Patience pays off for improving Boston College 01.19.12 at 11:15 am ET
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Dennis Clifford defends North Carolina's John Henson during their game on Jan. 7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP)

During the early part of the season, when Boston College was getting blown out by the likes of Holy Cross, UMass and Harvard, Steve Donahue frequently talked about how he needed to show patience and maintain a positive approach with his absurdly young team.

“I think it is harder at times,” he acknowledged last week. “As the leader of this program, I can’t allow what’s going on on the court affect our daily approach. I just can’t stand negativity permeating what we’re doing this year. And I make sure, these [assistant coaches] have been great, but most of us have had really good success over the last four years, and we just don’t want this to get in our guys’ heads with our approach. Early on, we probably had moments in games where we’re not used to seeing things that happen where we probably — the assistants and even myself, I have moments where I allow it to get to me.

“I think you’ve got to prepare yourself and really focus in on the teaching part of the game, understand that there’s going to be mistakes But it just can’t affect our positive approach, day in and day out.”

Since those comments, the Eagles have won two straight ACC games, including Saturday’s 61-59 victory over Virginia Tech. The Eagles are 2-1 in the ACC (7-10 overall), and while no one is about to mention them as contenders to battle Duke and North Carolina for the league title, they are showing signs that they are better than a last-place team, which was what they were predicted in the league’s preseason media poll — and what they appeared to be a month ago.

The players are appreciative of Donahue’s efforts to maintain an even keel, even when it seemed like the ship was floundering.

“He’s been very patient,” said freshman center Dennis Clifford, who on Monday was named ACC Rookie of the Week after averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds in last week’s two wins. “There were a couple of times definitely toward the beginning of the season when I thought he was going to freak out. But it really helped us when he stays calm. Because that showed us what we should be on the court. It’s really a great example.”

Added fellow rookie Ryan Anderson: “He’s always patient with us. But like he always says, ‘We want to be good in a couple of years, we want to be good today, we want to be good tomorrow.’ So, we’re patient with the process, but at the same time we’re working hard every day to be good.”

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College basketball notebook: BC recruits battle each other in California playoffs 02.25.11 at 9:56 am ET
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While Boston College is focused on a strong finish to the campaign in an effort to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament, there is some excitement about the Eagles’ incoming class of recruits. BC coach Steve Donahue talked last week — before the Eagles got a commitment from their sixth recruit, Southern California point guard Jordan Daniels — about what he wants from players he brings to BC.

“First and foremost I just want high-character kids,” Donahue said. “Basketball at this level can be very stressful in a lot of ways. [We want] kids that can maintain their perseverance on and off the court, just have a great way about them, incredibly coachable, love the game. I think those things are critical. And obviously we want talent. But those things are first and foremost. And I think we did that with all five kids. I think they’re very coachable. I think they really care about the team first. And I think their skills fit what we do on the basketball court as well.”

Added Donahue: “I think at a place like Boston College, I think I have the ability — as opposed to Cornell — to really go after kids who fit what we do. … In terms of basketball things, it’s more of a skill, basketball IQ, you err on the side of that, as opposed to length and athleticism — not that I don’t want length and athleticism — but I think I’ve got to have those first two in a player before I really start moving on.”

According to one Los Angeles-area high school coach, Donahue got it right with at least three of his Southern California recruits.

Ryan Anderson, Lonnie Jackson and Kyle Caudill played on the Double Pump AAU team that won the prestigious Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas last year. Christian Aurand was the coach of that AAU team — he also coaches at Simi Valley High School outside of Los Angeles — and he said BC is getting a special trio, one that used chemistry and fundamentals to overcome any athletic deficiencies in Vegas.

“They’re getting three kids that are just unbelievable kids,” Aurand said. “Their character is awesome. They’re easy to coach. … I think all three of them have got great basketball IQ. That’s something that makes up for a lot of things.”

Anderson comes in with the most impressive resume. Aurand said the 6-foot-8 Long Beach Poly standout is deserving of the attention he’s been getting this season, as he’s accepted his role as the Jackrabbits’ go-to guy. “Two years ago, when I coached him, you could see that he was starting to get more and more confident,” Aurand said. “He was somebody who had tremendous upside. He’s tremendously skilled. And he’s developed kind of a mean streak to him That’s might have been a question mark. But he’s just gotten tougher and has that extra mean streak you need to have.”

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Report: BC hoops lands another SoCal recruit in 5-8 Jordan Daniels 02.19.11 at 8:07 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, Boston College has landed its fourth Southern California basketball recruit in point guard Jordan Daniels from Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga. Daniels stands just 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, which scared off bigger schools. But he is considered to have great speed, quickness and dribbling ability.

“Boston College was the right fit for me, I liked the coaches and how they treated me during the whole recruiting process, I got a good vibe from them,” Daniels told ESPN. “I’m in a good place right now and am ready to continue my basketball career back East.”

Said Daniels’ coach, Dave Kleckner: “He’s a young man with a ton of talent and a ton of character. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I can tell that he has what it takes to succeed and make it at the next level. We have not seen the best from Jordan Daniels yet.”

Daniels’ Etiwanda Eagles will face another future BC Eagle in Lonnie Jackson, who plays for Valencia, on Tuesday in a Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinal. Daniels, Jackson and Brea Olinda’s Kyle Caudill, another BC recruit, also are teammates on the Pump-N-Run AAU team.

Long Beach Poly’s Ryan Anderson is BC’s other Southern California recruit.

Here’s some video of Daniels in action.

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