Boston College adds a 3rd grad transfer: James Karnik from Lehigh

Boston College added a third transfer this offseason: Lehigh center James Karnik. During his three seasons with Lehigh, Karnik appeared in 83 games (78 starts). As a junior, Karnik averaged 12.2 points (59.8 2P%), 7.2 rebounds and 1 block per game. Due to an ankle injury, Karnik missed 10 games this season.

Karnik shot 65.8 percent at the rim this season with 20 dunks. In the 2018-19 season, Karnik shot 61 percent at the rim with 22 dunks. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Karnik is a graduate transfer; he’s eligible to play next season.

Boston College finished this season with an offensive rebound rate of 25.4 percent — No. 261 nationally. Steffon Mitchell was the team’s one legit threat on the offensive glass: 10.4 percent offensive rebound rate. (CJ Felder has some upside here as well.) Karnik can help here, too. In over 2,000 career minutes at Lehigh, Karnik posted an offensive rebound rate of 10.4 percent.

Karnik blocked 1.3 shots per 40 minutes as a junior.

With Karnik, Boston College has another grad transfer. Earlier in the offseason, Quinnipiac guard Rich Kelly and Rider forward Frederick Scott also committed to the Eagles. It’s clear: Jim Christian looked to add size and shooting to his roster.