Boston University transfer Jake O’Brien is on his official visit to Virginia today, marking the last stop on his expedited summer tour. Just three weeks ago, O’Brien announced he would be looking to play his senior year elsewhere when Boston University got banned from their conference tournament. Before heading to Virginia, O’Brien was at PC this past weekend after stops at Boston College and Temple.
I’m not quite sure what happened with the visit with Ed Cooley in Friartown, because there is lots of chatter indicating that O’Brien is no longer considering Providence.
Playing time and the ability to play in the NCAA Tournament were the two main things Jake was supposedly looking for. Depending on how several roster unknowns shake out for the Friars, it could be quite murky tourney wise (not saying they could make the Tourney, but they could be considerably worse if everything goes wrong). Playing time should not be an issue with the depth of the front court, but you could bet your bottom dollar that Cooley would make him earn that time. Maybe Jake just didn’t buy in or feel the BIG EAST was right for him. Remember, O’Brien has played a total of 14 games over the last two years due to injury, so it’s not quite clear what level he would be able to play at. However, given his one year of remaining eligibility coupled with the single open scholarship PC still has, it’s a pretty low risk and yet another miss for a 2012 big man that Ed Cooley really needs.