Former Boston University standout Jake O’Brien completed his official visit to the University of Virginia yesterday. All that is left is for Tony Bennett and company to wait for a decision from the 6’9″ power forward, who is also considering Boston College, Providence, and Temple as potential transfer destinations.
Barring a change, the trip to Charlottesville is the final one O’Brien will make before a decision comes.
Attempts to reach O’Brien have been unsuccessful so far, but the consensus seems to be that he will likely choose Boston College, Temple or Virginia. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network tweeted on Wednesday that a “decision could come as early as this weekend.”
As a freshman at BU, O’Brien averaged 12.5 points per game en route to earning America East Rookie of the Year. He averaged 13.8 points per game his sophomore sesaon. As a junior, he averaged 11.6 points per contest through 14 games before suffering a fractured navicular bone (foot). The injury required surgery and forced O’Brien to miss the remainder of his junior season. He would miss his entire senior season and ended up taking a red-shirt.
O’Brien has one year of eligibility remaining. Because he is a graduate student, he will be eligible to play this season.
UVa certainly could use added depth and experience in the low post, and O’Brien would fit the bill nicely. A decision could come very soon, so stay tuned.
(***Update: O’Brien has decided to transfer to Temple)