Davis says it’s difficult to hit on every player in such a large recruiting class, but missing on Permenter and Wright will badly hurt the painfully young Friars this season.
The article also mentions the two signings yesterday by Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider. I thought this quote by Keno was worth noting.
You have to take players who are better than what you already have and we’ve done that with these two kids.
Should be a nice little motivation for the current players.
Keno Davis kicks off his third year at Providence with a Saturday night tilt against what should be a very beatable Dartmouth squad. Hoping to rebound from a difficult 2009-10 season, the focus in Friartown will be on effort and potential as much as wins and losses, but the early season slate offers up very winnable games for a team welcoming seven freshmen into the mix.
Kevin also discusses the red shirt question, and thinks that Brice Kofane is the most likely candidate. It sounds crazy, since he should be able to bring some good defense to the team, but he might not just be ready to contribute this year.
“I don’t think we played as hard as we possibly could last year,”Brooks said. “I didn’t think we were in the best shape last year. We gave up a lot of easy layups and you can’t do that against quality teams.”
Brooks called it “organized pickup.” But can this team continue to score even with the loss of Jamine Peterson?
Not in the best shape? Let’s hope wind sprints have been plentiful in practice.
6. Providence – The Friars will match-up with a number of New England teams during non-conference play, although that may not ultimately help them in Big East play. They finished 12-19 a season ago and lost their two leading scorers from that group. Senior Marshon Brooks needs to have a monster season.
After the way URI played Pittsburgh earlier in the week, that game will definitely help them in BIG EAST play. Playing Boston College at Chestnut Hill will also be a good test.
The Clippers lost. Again. Ryan Gomes had 11 points before fouling out late. One of his fouls included a big flagrant foul during a crucial Spurs 9-0 run. The call was “LUDICRIOUS”, according to the Clippers Blog Clips Nation. I didn’t see the play, but I agree. Gomes would never do such a thing.
“I don’t know that it’s as much of a problem in basketball, but it’s made me aware even more,” Providence coach Keno Davis said when he was asked if he had followed the football problems. “You’re always worried about agents that would try to get in touch with young men before they finish their college eligibility. There’s more money involved now, there’s more to trickle down now.”