No matter what’s on your wish list this holiday season, it’s hard to think you’ll get a better gift than the one Chris Herren Jr., a freshman guard on the Boston College basketball team, received after practice on Thursday.
Herren Jr., who had committed to play at BC with a financial aid agreement, was presented with a full scholarship, just days after scoring a career-high 22 points in Sunday’s 77-67 home win over Fairfield. A video captured by BC shows coach Jim Christian delivering a holiday gift bag to each member of the team, except Herren Jr. The coach then presents a special envelope for Herren Jr., revealing his newfound full ride.
Herren Jr. is the son of former Celtic and Durfee High School legend Chris Herren, whose promising basketball career was derailed by drug addiction.
“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 T,” 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.”
In the video, Herren Jr. looks confused as he receives the envelope from the coaching staff. As teammates badger Herren Jr. about the contents of the envelope, the freshman looks up and utters, “It’s a scholarship,” prompting a team-wide celebration.
Herren Jr. is averaging 5.0 points and 1.1 rebounds this season, but has started the past two games for the Eagles, including Sunday’s 22-point outburst. The Eagles are 8-2 , and next play DePaul University in Chicago at 3:30 pm on Saturday.
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