Archives For October 2011

Joining Adrian Oliveira at LNM will be his Brimmer and May teammate John Powell, according to a source. Powell is a 6’7″ PF also in the 2013 class.

Here is his NERR Profile

Adrian Oliveira announced on Twitter that he will be attending PC’s Late Night Madness. He is a 2013 PG from Brimmer and May (Chestnut Hill, Mass).

Goin to PC’s midnight madness tomorrow #lehhgooo
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Here is his profile on New England Recruiting Report. According to one of their stories back in July, he was considered one of the stock risers.

Adrian Oliveira, New England Playaz – There may not be another underclassmen whose stock has risen more in the last month.  He had no significant division I interest to speak of only weeks ago and now has mid-major interest while drawing comparisons to Anthony Ireland.

Here is a video featuring one of his plays while on the New England Playaz (scroll to 3:00 mark)

Here is a dunk from last year

Friars Links 10.13.11

dave@friarblog —  October 13th, 2011 8:51 PM —  Comments Cox To Televise Late Night Madness Live On October 14 At 10 p.m. on Ch. 3 and 1003

The event will also be streamed online at

First-year Friar Head Coach Ed Cooley and his squad will be introduced to the public at 10 p.m. Doors to the event will be opened at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and all fans attending will receive a 2011 Providence College Late Night Madness t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

CBSSports: Midnight Madness Recruiting Preview

Doesn’t look like any of the 2012 stud bigs will be attending, as Chris Obekpa is heading to St. John’s and JaKarr Sampson not heading anywhere. Other notable targets attending other schools are Noah Vonleh (UCONN), Nerlens Noel (Syracuse), and Brannen Greene (Kansas).

Friar Basketball: 38 in 76: #12 Madness Weekend

With Late Night Madness approaching, Friar Basketball takes a look back at last year’s event and all the recruits who showed up but committed elsewhere.

Only months removed from a disastrous offseason, the talent on campus brought considerable buzz across Friartown, but the weekend didn’t translate into results as Boatright verballed to West Virginia days later and both Chandler and Harris committed elsewhere.

Deans Desk: Ed Cooley’s Great Advice


Judges Announced For LNM Dunk Contest

dave@friarblog —  October 11th, 2011 10:13 PM —  Comments

While it’s not clear yet which recruits will be attending Friday night’s Late Night Madness festivities, some big names in Friartown will be there to judge the slam dunk contest.

R Gomes, M Brooks, M Barnes, Ernie D, K Stacom, J Hassett and Prov. Mayor Tavares will judge slam dunk contest at LNM on Friday at PC.
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Next year’s class of Ricky Ledo, Kris Dunn, and Josh Foturne are also expected to be in attendance.

On Wednesday night, the Friars hosted a “Boston Sports Night” at the Black Rose in Boston. Friar alumn Craig Belhumeur (@TyphoonCraig) attended the event, and wrote up a great recap of his experience. Thanks Craig!


by Craig Belhumeur

Excitement could be sensed upon walking through the door at Boston’s Black Rose Bar last night for PC’s Sports Night. Coach Cooley, Coach Leaman, Coach Seymore and Coach Deraney were all in attendance, including Cooley’s new right hand man, Andre Lafleur. Prior to Coach Seymore calling for everyone’s attention, Bob Driscoll and the coaches made their rounds throughout the room to speak with the fans and supporters that could make it to the event. Cooley sat down with me and my friends for a short while and talked about how intense his practices are.

“Come watch, just let my secretary know your there and come on in”, he told us, as he said he wants everyone to see how hard this team is going to work.

Continue Reading…

ESPN is breaking down all the nonconference schedules “of each and every team in a dozen different leagues”. Since the BIG EAST is technically still alive (kinda like Al Davis), today they analyzed all 16 teams and ranked their schedule from a scale of 1-10. What is Ed Cooley looking at in his first OOC run with the Friars? Not as easy as UCONN (they got a ONE. way to defend your crown) but nowhere near as hard as St. John’s (10/10).

Nonconference schedule analysis: Big East

Toughest: at Fairfield (Nov. 14), South Padre Invitational (Nov. 25-26)
Next-toughest: at South Carolina (Dec. 1), Boston College (Dec. 8), at Rhode Island (Dec. 23)
The rest: Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 12), Florida A&M (Nov. 19), Southern (Nov. 22), Holy Cross (Nov. 29), Brown (Dec. 5), Bryant (Dec. 10), New Hampshire (Dec. 20)
Toughness scale (1-10): 4 — The Friars do have a difficult slate for a team that won four Big East games and 15 overall and now has a new coach in Ed Cooley. Iowa State should be a sleeper in the Big 12 and Northern Iowa is never an easy out. Those will be games in South Padre Island, Texas. Cooley also has to go back to Fairfield, where he built a nice MAAC program. Winning at South Carolina and Rhode Island won’t be easy, but both programs are in transition at the moment, as is Boston College.

Chris Obekpa’s high school team played in the iS8/Nike Tip-Off Classic last weekend

OSNA abuse Raising Champions, 80-43

After annihilating Farmingdale HS by 30 points earlier in the day, Our Savior New American topped themselves against Raising Champions. Christopher Obekpa was hindered due to tendonitis in knee but still managed to have a block party with 13 shot rejections which kept RC at bay for most of the game.

Here is a highlight video of the top plays featuring some of the those sweet blocks. NERLENS WHO??

via CourtCred

In a recent article that focused primarily on the verbal commitment to Brown of  St. Andrews (RI) star Center, Cedric Kuakumensah a brief reference was attributed to St. Andrew’s Head Coach Michael Hart regarding Ricardo Ledo, who played for Hart while at St. Andrew’s.  The article stated Hart “remains on the fence about whether the Ledo-PC relationship can work”.

I reached out to Coach Hart for further insight and he indicated it was more a concern that ‘negative outside influences in the area are hindering Ricardo’s progress’ as opposed to any direct potential issues between Ledo and Providence College.

In actuality Coach Hart is rooting for Ledo and feels PC is a good situation for him (other than the geography perhaps), “If there is one coach that can really help Ricardo it is Coach Cooley and I hope it works! I’ll be his biggest fan!!”

The New York Post had a small blurb about Friar big man target Chris Obekpa in their notebook about the iS8 Nike Fall Tip-Off Classic in South Jamaica.

iS8 Notebook: Transit Tech’s Williams picks up interest

Obekpa taking his time: Chris Obekpa, the 6-foot-9 shot-blocking specialist from Nigeria who attends Our Savior New American (L.I.), is in no rush to make a decision. He’s had in-home visits with Seton Hall, Cincinnati, UCLA and UConn and visited St. John’s, George Tech and Providence, but said he probably won’t commit until the New Year at the earliest.

“I like all the schools,” he said after helping Our Savior get off to a 4-0 start with a victory over Mountain Ball Saturday afternoon and taking the SATs in the morning. “Everything is new. I can’t say which one I like more. I want to see what is happening first.”