BC's Williams eligible to play against Harvard

Updated: January 5, 2006, 2:54 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Boston College will finally become whole and maybe now can live up to a preseason top 10 ranking.

The Eagles learned Thursday, just in time for their game against Harvard, that 6-foot-10 sophomore center Sean Williams is eligible to return to the team after fulfilling all of his obligations from a semester-long suspension for marijuana possession.

Williams was arrested in May and ordered by the court to go through drug counseling. He did that in Houston and also stayed away from the BC campus for the fall semester. He was cleared legally to return to campus Monday.

BC announced Thursday that Williams had fulfilled his academic obligations by taking three classes at the University of Houston during the fall semester.

Williams was a projected starter next to Craig Smith and Jared Dudley. His return gives the Eagles a shot blocker who can alter plenty of shots in the post.

Williams (2.3 blocks a game as a freshman) will allow Smith to move to his more natural power forward spot, Dudley to move to small forward and John Oates to come off the bench so his minutes can be managed and meaningful.

Reserve forward Akida McLain returned from suspension two weeks ago in time for the ACC opener against Maryland. BC beat Oklahoma State in Las Vegas in November but lost comparable games against Michigan State in New York and at Maryland.

The Eagles (7-2, 0-1 ACC) play Harvard, at Duquesne (Dec. 27), at Rhode Island (Dec. 31) and UMass (Jan. 3) before continuing the ACC schedule at Georgia Tech on Jan. 8.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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