Boston College Surprises Herren Jr. with Scholarship
By Steve Hewitt
BOSTON -- Chris Herren Jr. hadn’t been playing like he was a walk-on through the first month and a half of his college career.
On Thursday, something was done about that.
The Boston College freshman guard, who has blossomed over the last few weeks, was awarded a scholarship from Eagles coach Jim Christian after practice on Thursday. Herren Jr. had reclassified from the Class of 2019 after graduating early from Tabor Academy in order to join BC this fall, but he did so as a walk-on.
It didn’t take long for Christian to change that.
“I was happy to award Chris a scholarship because he has proven to be a high-caliber young man who fits the culture of our program to a tee,” Christian said. “It has as much to do with the way he carries himself off the court as the way he has played on the court. I am so proud of him.”
Herren Jr. received the scholarship just as the Eagles were about to fly out for their game at DePaul on Saturday. After practice, Christian brought the entire team into the film room, where he gave his players Christmas gifts. After giving everyone else wrapped presents, Christian handed an envelope to Herren Jr., who after being confused for a moment, announced it was a scholarship. The entire room erupted as his teammates swarmed him.
Herren Jr., whose father played at BC and in the NBA before becoming a well-known motivational speaker about drugs and addiction after they derailed his basketball career, has been a bright spot for the 8-2 Eagles. He has started BC’s last two games in place of injured guard Jordan Chatman, and scored a game-high 22 points in the Eagles’ victory over Fairfield on Saturday.