Archives For November 2010

Tyler Harris Interview

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2010 12:29 PM

Tyler: NC State? Iowa? Providence? Bound

Box of M.E.S.S interviewed Tyler Harris before his commitment today.

What are your predictions on NC State ( 2009/2010: 20-16), Iowa (2009/2010: 10-22) and Providence (2009/2010: 12-19) 2010-2011 Season?


All these schools should have a great season. With CJ Leslie and Ryan Harrow at NCState they are going to be real good. Providence should also do well with Marshon Brooks. He’s a great player and a hardworker. Iowa’s new coaching staff should lead the team in the right right direction they will also have a good team.

What did you like about each coach? What factored into your decision on making them your Final 3?


Each of the coaches were great I had a good relationship with all of them. They all had a style of play where I felt I can fit into very well. That’s why each of these schools were on my list. The coach made a big factor in the decision.

Tyler will be making his announcement this morning at 11:30, live on SNY.

BigEast.org Providence Preview

dave@friarblog —  November 4th, 2010 9:20 PM

Men’s Basketball Preview – Providence Friars

BigEast.org is previewing each team, and today they hit up the Friars.  Pretty fair analysis here.  Nothing we don’t know already, but figured I’d pass it along.

Storylines: The Friars will still be a young squad this season, but Council and Dixon proved themselves last season as freshmen. Brooks has been a productive scorer throughout his career. Some of the freshmen will get long looks to fill in at the other positions. Gerard Coleman could help right away. Like Brooks, Coleman can play the big guard or on the wing. Dre Evans may be slotted this year to back up Council at the point. Forward Ron Giplaye is a strong, physical player who may contribute immediately around the basket. Forwards Brice Kofane and Lee Goldsbrough also will compete to earn a spot in the rotation>

Friars Links 11.4.10

dave@friarblog —  November 4th, 2010 1:50 PM

Jeff Goodman: Big East preview: New favorites

14. Providence: The Friars have a quality backcourt with Vincent Council and freshman Gerard Coleman but need Marshawn Brooks to be consistent.

Goodman also lists Keno Davis as the only coach on the Hot Seat.

Gary Parish: Big East preview: Fewer ‘names,’ but still powerful

14. Providence 

Keno Davis finished last season on an 11-game losing streak, then endured an offseason nobody could enjoy. Two freshmen were expelled, Jamine Peterson (who averaged 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last season) was dismissed, and, when you consider that Sharaud Curry has exhausted his eligibility, now Providence is without its two best players from a team that finished 4-14 in the Big East. A similarly dismal record seems unavoidable.

NCAA tournament? No

NBA.com: Clippers vs. Thunder Recap

Ryan Gomes got his first win as a member of the Clippers, as they edged the Thunder 107-92.

Gomes had a solid overall game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, but he really helped on the defensive side against Kevin Durant.

That said, the success of the offense paled in comparison to that of the defense, which wholly suffocated a potent Thunder lineup. Employing a defense-by-committee approach (featuring Gomes, Butler, and Eric Gordon, primarily), the Clippers completely shut down Durant — the league’s scoring champion managed only 16 points (just over half his mark from last season) on a dreadful 6-for-24 shooting performance, including 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.

“I didn’t want to give him too much space, even though he is taller and he is able to get shots over guys, because there’s no guy that has his athleticism and his height that plays the 2-3 position in this league. And when he did drive, we had guys there on time and ready to make him kick that ball out,” said Gomes. 

Some other Tweets about Ryan:

@Drewggy: “Finally found Durant’s kryptonite, and it’s…Ryan Gomes?”

@Haralabob: ”Ryan Gomes did a great job on Durant tonight. Denied him the ball and made him take tough shots”

@jbundy24: ”those were nice back to back three pointers by Ryan Gomes #clippers”

TWITTER: I AM A TRIVIA MASTER!

This one was a toughie, but thanks to StatSheet I was able to get it! 

How did I get it? Well since Google wasn’t giving anything remotely useful, I went to StatSheet’s player search.  I did two searches by First Name – one for Bryce and one for Brice.  I then scanned the list to see if there were any common schools, and voila!

I finally beat the other Friar fanatics on Twitter!  They are a smart bunch.

Greyhound Sports: Who is Jamal Barney?

Interesting article about the life of former Friar Jamal Barney, who is now entering his senior year for Loyola (MD).  Even though he had a down year as junior last season, he is one of the most talented players in the MAAC.  He scored 18 ppg as a sophomore after sitting out a year, and made 2nd Taem All-MAAC.  

Barney played for PC for just one year in 2006-2007, and was in the same class as Brian McKenzie and Ray Hall.  He left Providence College for Loyola so he could be with his daughter. Not that it would have mattered this season since he would have graduated last year (although Ray Hall is still playing, so who the hell knows??), but it’s always interesting to play the “What If” game.  Although, we had Jeff Xavier after two years of scoring quite well in the MAAC, so I guess there’s nothing to see here.  Just go read about Jamal’s life, it’s been tough.

Through the years, and despite the troubling influences that surrounded his everyday life, Barney has never forgotten where he came from. Indeed, he has an acute sense of how dangerous, yet transformative, growing up in West Baltimore was. His right arm is a veritable shrine to his childhood neighborhood. Two years ago, he purchased a basketball court for kids at the intersection of Monroe and Loretta Street.

Give this a sec, it will eventually load.

Source: MSG.com

Not that this should dissuade Friartown from wanting a verbal from 2011 PF Tyler Harris, but the ESPNU Rankings were just updated and he is now out of the Top 100. The previous rankings had him at #74 overall. The 6”8’ 185lb lefty is now just rated 22nd at his position, and was downgraded from a 95 Scouts Grade to a 91 (and now at 3 stars down from 4).

According to their grading scale, here is where Harris now falls.

89-91: Mid-major plus prospect
Player is a fringe high-major recruit who contributes or a standout mid-level recruit.

These rankings fall in line with where Harris was rated on other scouting sites, such as Scout and Rivals.

I still think he sounds like he would be a solid get for Keno and staff (I’ve never seen him play, just going on what I’ve been reading from people who know way more about basketball than I).  The Top-100 tag is definitely a nice thing to tout (for attracting future recruits higher in the rankings and as comfort for us fans), but he is still the same player the staff initially targeted.  He also has a full senior season to put in.  We’ve also seen a few Top 100 guys come PC’s way (or in Joe Young’s case, not come our way) and not pan out (Brewington, Brown, DeSean White etc), so who knows with these young kids?  A 6”8’ wing who can shoot and score with the potential to add some more weight and develop into a really good player? Sign me up.

Tyler Harris will announce his decision on Friday.  His final choices are PC, NC State, and Iowa. 

H/T Dave Telep via Twitter

Another one of my favorite general College Basketball Blogs is “Rush The Court”. They are doing some cool preview pieces this season, including releasing their rankings of every Division I team from worst to first as tweets leading up to the season.  Wednesday morning they landed on the Providence Friars at #132 (last season they were ranked #96 preseason). 

Source: Twitter.com

Hmm, guess they didn’t catch any Vincent Council or Bilal Dixon last season. Obviously there was a huge amount of roster turnover this offseason (and last season it was because of graduation and TW), but to say that Marshon Brooks is all that is left is simply not fair.  VC was on the All-BIG EAST Rookie team (and Bilal probably should have been on there as well). Gerard Coleman might have something to say about that as the season progresses as well.

So far, 10 of the 14 Out of Conference opponents (counting whoever they end up playing in the 2nd game in Cancun – Missouri or Wyoming) have been ranked below the Friars.

(click on the link for the Tweet for each team)

#139 Northeastern 

#141 La Salle 

#150 Morgan State 

#252 Wyoming 

#262 Brown 

#278 Yale 

#292 Central Connecticut 

#320 Sacred Heart 

#339 Prairie View A&M 

#340 Dartmouth

Only Missouri, URI, Alabama, and Boston College have not been ranked yet and will be ahead of Providence.

As in line with pre-season conference polls, only 2 other BIG EAST teams have been ranked below PC

#160 Rutgers 

#167 DePaul

Friars Links 11.3.10

dave@friarblog —  November 3rd, 2010 1:27 PM

FriarBasketball.net: The Week Ahead: Opening the Dunk

On Saturday night, the Friars take to the Dunkin Donuts Center floor for the first time in 2010-11 in an exhibition against Division II power Bentley. With a slew of freshmen making their Dunk debut, highlighted by Boston native Gerard Coleman, positional battles will be in full force as this is a roster littered with unanswered questions. Only three weeks into practice, Davis will soon have to determine how to incorporate seven new players into the rotation, and if any should be redshirted for the season.

WCBD-TV2: After Tough Summer, Providence Moves on

“In the past we’ve had some one-way players,” Davis said. “But this year, with recruiting, we made sure to focus on guys that can play on both ends of the court.”

KDSK.com: College Basketball Preview: Big East Conference

The squad is still comprised mostly of underclassmen, which means it will have some growing pains this year, but in the future it should pan out much more favorably.

Go Friars: Friar Freshman Lee Golsbrough and Dre Evans

Cox posted this little interview video of Lee Golsbrough and Dre Evans (with a little Keno Davis sprinkled in). Imagine that English accent at Louies?

Twitter.com: Keno’s Trivia Gets Tougher

For the life of me I couldn’t track this down.  Yes I spent almost 30 minutes at work Googling and researching like crazy and still came up empty.

BigEast.org: The Biggest Fan of the Big East. Vote for Matt!

The Big East and Volvo have teamed up for a campaign to find the biggest fan.  Here is Providence’s candidate Matt.   Louisville and St. John’s already have a hefty lead, but let’s get our PC alumn some votes!

The unique sponsorship engages alumni that are “social media influencers” from each of the Big East’s 16 member institutions. A selected representative from each university attended Big East Basketball Media Day in New York City on October 20th to officially launch the promotional campaign for his/her school. Following the event, each school representative will now responsible for providing daily posts on a custom micro-site – mybigeastvolvo.com throughout the upcoming basketball season. All 16 alums will also win a weekend trip back to their alma mater where they will be provided an all-new Volvo S60 to drive around campus, take to basketball game and enjoy throughout their stay. Officials of the Big East and ISP Sports, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for the conference, will monitor all postings over a four-month period and then select one fan who will win an all-expense paid trip to New York for the Big East Championship Tournament.

SportingNews: Marquette goes from Big East boon to burden

The news of the BIG EAST deciding to expand to 10 football schools was everywhere you looked yesterday.  Here is an interesting take on how Marquette fits into the conference.  Yeah so they produced a bunch of NBA players, went to the NCAA Tournament almost every time blah blah blah.  They are screwing up the balance! Who invited these guys anyway??

And Tuesday, the day the Big East gathered and decided to pursue somehow expanding its membership to 10 football-playing schools, the conference’s longstanding members must be regretting adding the Golden Eagles a short while back.

Ray Floriani on BIG EAST Pace

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2010 3:15 PM

Over at the great blog “College Chalktalk”, Ray Floriani goes over some pace numbers for the BIG EAST, and speculates how fast teams with new coaches coming in will be (Rutgers, SHU, St. John’s, DePaul).  He uses Keno Davis as example of a coach who came in and produced different possession numbers than their previous gigs.

Big East Notebook: Setting a Pace

Providence’s rather brisk pace is notable. In his one year at Drake, PC mentor Keno Davis finished 28-5. His club was 15-3 in the Missouri Valley that year but his possession numbers were quite different than his first two seasons at Providence.

Year: 2007-08; Pace: 62; Offensive Efficiency: 114

Davis’ Bulldogs favored a pedestrian pace but you can’t argue with the results. Judging by the record and an off-the-charts offensive efficiency (points per possession multiplied by 100) of 114.  At Providence, Davis evidently believes the best opportunities are not in a half court game but extending the floor and number of possessions.

Coaching changes often bring about a question of philosophy. Will the new coach employ the same tactics as he utilized at his former school? Very often, the Keno Davis exception aside, that is the rule.

The question of the Friars’ pace heading into this season could be as interesting as those teams with new coaches.  After what transpired last season, one would think that Coach Davis would think twice about his run-and-gun style and how it affects the defense.  However, based on interviews I’ve seen this off season, Keno is going to stick to his (run and) guns and hopefully get a complete 180 on defensive effort.  Keno said it last season controversially as things were crumbling, and again on BIG EAST Media Day — he thought he didn’t have the right personnel to be successful last season.  The young team might still be a year or two away, but I think it’s safe to say we are in for another season of 70+ possessions (the Friars had 73 in Keno’s first two seasons of BIG EAST play).  That style of play is enticing to recruits, and Keno needs to keep slowly upgrading the talent over the next few years to translate his philosophy into W’s.

QUICK HITTERS ON SCRIMMAGES FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND

PROVIDENCE AT STONY BROOK

BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Providence forward Marshon Brooks

- Stony Brook was without three of its top players.

Scrimmage info!

Friars Links 11.1.10

dave@friarblog —  November 1st, 2010 1:30 PM

FriarBasketabll.net: To Redshirt or not to Redshirt

As always, a great from Kevin on PC’s recent red shirting results.  I always love a good Jeff Parmer reference to make me want to bang my head on the keyboard on a Monday morning.

With a potential frontcourt glut, (a dangerous assumption considering four of the six have never played D1 basketball and Ray Hall hoisted a grand total of nine shots a season ago) and Keno Davis’ history of redshirting freshmen at PC, talk will heat up over the next two weeks about who will be redshirted this season.

Examiner.com: Providence College Friars basketball preview

Peterson’s productivity cannot be replaced.  Senior swingman Marshon Brooks will be relied on to be the Friars top scoring threat.  The 6’5” Brooks averaged 14.2 points per game last year.  He reminds me in many ways of NBA player Josh Childress.  Brooks will need to become more aggressive and not just rely on his outside shooting in order to be a legitimate threat.

Twitter: Keno Davis Trivia Question

Some Friar fan I am.  I incorrectly guessed that Kadeem Batts was the youngest scholarship player on the roster  - even though he redshirted last year, I could have sworn I read somewhere he was still the youngest.  Good work by those Friar Tweeps who were correct. 

Projo: PC to play a closed scrimmage Saturday at Stony Brook

I’m posting this article from over the weekend that was put out before the scrimmage, because that’s pretty much the only details available on the internet.

No media or fans are allowed in to watch or chronicle what happens. Davis cannot say who or when he’s playing, but the Friars will spend Saturday afternoon playing at Stony Brook in Long Island, N.Y. 

From various stalking sleuthing on Social Media, I can report that the Friars did beat Stony Brook.  A source also told me that sophomore guard Duke Mondy did not play due to the same injury that kept him off the court for the Mal Brown game.  However, he was back practicing Sunday so I’m guessing he will be ready to go for the other exhibition game next weekend.

LA Clippers Lose, Again

The Clippers are now 0-3 after their latest loss on Sunday. Ryan Gomes started again, but only put up 7 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Gomes is averaging 5.3 PPG and 3.7 RPG so far.

(Photo Yahoo! Sports)