Friars Links 9.22.11

dave@friarblog —  September 22nd, 2011 9:34 PM —  Comments
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CBSSports: Look ahead: What power leagues will look like in 2014

Even though there won’t be a planet past 2012 let alone a college basketball season in 2014, Jeff Goodman takes a look ahead at what the rankings could look like in all the conferences in the Year 2014 (THE YEAR 2014 CONAN?).

10. Providence: Ed Cooley can recruit — and the Friars have plenty of support.

So, pretty much just getting back to where we were before the Keno Davis error. Unfortunately, I would jump at the chance at that at this point.

 Eye on Recruiting: Combined future conference recruiting rankings

Yeah, so pretty much the same thing that Goodman did (and on the same site!).

6. BIG EAST (FOOTBALL RANK: 6, BASKETBALL RANK: 4) – Basketball-wise, Syracuse and Connecticut were consistently near the top of the recruiting rankings, but there are plenty of teams to fill in the gaps.Louisville will still get players, as will Villanova and St. John’s. Rutgers had a great class in 2011, while Providence has done a great job since Ed Cooley came aboard. The sleeper could be UCF, which has a great campus and players like going there. Texas will also open up with the additions of Houston and TCU.

Examiner.com: Big East founder and former Friars coach, Dave Gavitt, laid to rest

 Dave Gavitt was laid to rest on Thursday following a funeral Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.  Gavitt died last Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 73.  Many luminaries from the basketball and political world were in attendance to pay their final respects, including Celtics great Bob Cousy, and legendary Big East coaches Jim Boeheim, John Thompson Jr., and Jim Calhoun.

Service for Dave Gavitt in Providence was touching. Tremendous turnout. Dave’s sons eulogies were perfectly played. He would be so proud.
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Projo.com: Jim Donaldson: Dave Gavitt was many things, but he was known as ‘Coach’

 “All his former players always called him ‘Coach,’ said Mike Tranghese, who succeeded Gavitt as commissioner of the Big East Conference and knew him as well as anyone. “That was the tag he appreciated the most.”

Friar Basketball: 38 in 76: #23 The Recruitment of Nerlens Noel

What a difference a weekend makes. One day he’s on our campus for an unofficial visit, the next we are preparing to give our condolences to the BIG EAST conference, unsure what that future will bring to the recruiting trail. The human fly-swatter was a long shot last week, but with the state of the BIG EAST it’s hard to see the flat top in PC black.

What is without question today is that Noel’s draft status is peaking, and what college he decides to attend will be as much about maintaining that status than anything else.  The school that convinces Noel that they can help him continue to develop, while surrounding him with a supporting cast that allows him to do what he does best, will most likely win out in the race for the best defensive player in the nation.

Twitter: TheRecruitScoop Announces Providence Offer

Providence just offered Byron Zeigler, a 2013 wing from Detroit Community (MI).
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Byron Zeigler is a 6’6″ 185lb wing who is currently ranked #57 overall by Rivals. Indiana, Central Michigan, Iowa State, and Michigan State also have offers out to him. Central Michigan has a slight advantage here though. Their coach is Byron’s Dad, and his brother (a sophomore) is their freaking guard. Good luck with that, Coach Cooley.

From an old ESPN Scouting report this past January:

Zeigler’s length and athletic ability allow him to be a solid shotblocker for his position. He has the potential to be a lock down defender once he adds more strength and effort. At that point he can be impactful on that end of the court.

Off the Record: Ryan Gomes brings out stars for a good cause

Ryan Gomes will playing ball at Crosby High School in Waterbury, CT on Friday night to help raise money for his “Hoops For Heart Health” charity foundation — as well as the for the family of his friend TJ Mathis, who was shot and killed the night of Ryan’s birthday celebration in New Haven.

Friday night at 6:30 p.m. you can see a team of local high school stars called the Water bury Ballers play against the Connecticut Select high school stars. Next up is the Ryan Gomes All-Stars, featuring first-round NBA draft pick and former Torrington High star Jordan Williams. They will go up against the New York City Street Ballers.

SBNation: Fake Dan Beebe Unleashes A Twitter Rant For The Ages

So the commish of the BIG 12 was ousted. His fake Twitter account @DanBeebe was hilariously entertaining tonight.

KANSAS, IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE BIG EAST BY ALL DAMN MEANS DO SO, THEY LOVE SCHOOLS WITH GOOD BASKETBALL AND NO FOOTBALL PROGRAM WHATSOEVER

I WAS READY TO NAME MY TESTICLES HOOKEM AND HORNS FOR YOU AND MAKE “TEXAS WITH A DOLLAR SIGN” THE NEW BIG 12 REALITY. BUT IT WAS NEVER ENOUGH FOR YOU AWFUL, HORRIBLE GREEDY BRATS, WAS IT

Cracked Sidewalks: 6 months after DJOs dagger, Syracuse’s coach travels to Bama

Marquette is one of the schools we are going to have to stick to if we are going to survive this conference mess. Cracked Sidewalks takes a look at why the ACC move went down and what could come out of it.

If expansion was ALL about football and nothing else, the ACC would have grabbed West Virginia. Silver estimates West Virginia football is followed by 959,000 people in the US, while only about 769,000 “follow” Syracuse football. I assume that means accidentally flipped past a game before realizing it was still Saturday and the Jets and Giants weren’t playing yet.

Sports Pickle: Applications for Big 12 Membership and Big East Membership

Projo News Blog: Playboy picks Providence bartender as its October ‘Barmate’

This has nothing to do with Providence College Basketball, but hey I think we need a nice distraction while trying to stomach all this conference alignment garbage. I have no idea where the bar “Alibi Cafe” is, but frankly I don’t care. According to one of their Yelp reviews:

They’re near where I work, they make your food quickly, and the sandwiches are tasty. Admittedly you’re going to get ripped off if you don’t get a large sandwich.

Hmm. I like sandwiches that are tasty and which are made in a timely manner. Sounds like a good place to me! Nicole Jaye, what up!

(Photo courtesy of Playboy)

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