Friars Links 9.27.11

dave@friarblog —  September 27th, 2011 6:51 PM —  Comments
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Rumble in the Garden: Blogger Roundtable: step your game up

Part 2 of the Roundtable is up! Today’s question was asking who needs to step up this season in order for the program to be success. Below are the answers from the Providence Blogs. What do you think? Who needs to step up this year?

Friar Basketball – STEP IT UP: Gerard Coleman

Council will be solid, Coleman could give PC a solid BE level backcourt.

Friarblog – STEP IT UP: Bilal Dixon

The Friars can have a great backcourt if Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman show more consistency and keep developing. With Dunn and Ledo joining in 2012, the backcourt becomes downright sick. However, PC still needs a presence down low. Bilal Dixon will be the most experienced over the next two years, so he needs to step up after regressing as a sophomore.

Friar Basketball: 38 in 76: #21 Landing the Big Man

The Friars are all of a sudden loaded at the guard level next year. Bigs? Well Cooley is working on that as we speeak. Hey, we got guys to pass you the ball! We got playing time! And Donuts! What more can you ask for Chris and JaKarr?!

Landing either Obekpa, who had a recent in-home visit with Jim Calhoun and is reportedly interested in visiting UCLA, or Sampson (Kansas was on campus for a look at him last week) would mark yet another occasion in which Cooley trumps what has been conventional wisdom when it comes to recruiting at Providence.

Twitter: JaKarr Sampson Competition Heating up

A day after Coach Cooley and La Fleur flew in to see former St. John’s committ JaKarr Sampson, there were reports of all kinds of schools also looking at him today and tomorrow. Everyone needs a big man.

@TheRecruitScoop Cincinnati, Kentucky & NC State will check out 2012 Brewster (NH) trio Mitch McGary, Jakarr Sampson & TJ Warren today.

@jeffborzello Per @BrewsterHoops, St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap and Pitt assistant Bill Barton will both visit with Jakarr Sampson tomorrow.

@GTuckersports: Kentucky has expressed “preliminary interest” about Jakarr Sampson, per Brewster coach Jason Smith

Providence Business News: Learn with Leaders Series

In November, Ed Cooley will be giving a talk with the theme: “How to Engage and Lead a Team”. It is unclear if Keno Davis will giving his inspired speeches “How to run a Division I program directly into the ground”, “Creating a dysfunctional environment in the college atmosphere”, “How to not Engage and not Lead a Team”.

“The Young Leaders Circle Learn with Leaders series provides the unique opportunity for young professionals to broaden their perspective, network, and engage with business, government, and non-profit leaders in topics that matters to today’s young professionals,” said Brian Angell, Chair of the Young Leaders Circle.

Five Star Basketball: Nerlens Noel: ‘Chip on his mind

I think his list of 10 schools should be coming out soon. Probably a long shot, but you have to think PC makes the list just because Cooley is involved.

Defensively, it’s nearly impossible to find any high school player with Noel’s ability to protect the basket and turn away or alter opponent’s shots. Five-Star rated PG Andrew Harrison (Houston Defenders/Travis H.S.) called him the “best shot blocker he’s ever played against.”

And while BABC Head Coach Leo Papile compares the big man’s game to Bill Russell, Noel said he strives to be more like Kevin Garnett.

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