Friars Links 11.7.11

dave@friarblog —  November 7th, 2011 9:14 PM —  Comments
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ESPN: Jakarr Sampson expected to sign late (INSIDER)

Dave Telep spoke with Brewster coach Jason Smith and it appears that Friar 2012 target Jakarr Sampson will not be signing in the Fall period.  Just like PC’s other top forward priority Chris Obekpa, Sampson will not make a decision until the spring. Perhaps they are waiting until all this conference crap shakes out? Probably a good play.

Coach Smith also mentioned that Cooley and Co. have been hot on the trail.

“He’s had a ton of people come in and see him in the last month,” Brewster coach Jason Smith said. “Baylor and Providence have been the most aggressive.”

Friar Basketball: Ten Thoughts on PC’s win over Lowell

More great analysis from Kevin around the nail bitter on Saturday.

Heading into this season I questioned Cotton’s handle and figured offensively he’d be, at most, a kid who could contribute a few floaters and an occasional three pointer if left alone.  While the competition hasn’t been what he’ll see come the Big East portion of the schedule, Cotton has vastly improved since last spring, and continues to be the talk of the preseason.

Beyond the Arc: 2011-2012 Big East Preview: The league is loaded again

If they only knew that Kiwi Gardner and Kadeem Batts were having issues getting on the court…oh well it’s good to be ahead of DePaul while we can *kills self*

15. Providence: Keno Davis has a disastrous tenure with the Friars. On the court, his product stunk. His team scored points by the bucketful, but they couldn’t stop anyone defensively. When you’re playing in the powerhouse Big East, you have to be able to get stops when you need them. Off the court, the Friars may have been even worse. Davis couldn’t keep his players out of the police blotter, and the boosters and athletic department quickly soured on Davis. Just three years after being the hottest young coach in america, Davis lost his job at Providence. In steps Ed Cooley, who spent the last five years running the Fairfield program. Cooley, a Providence native, is tasked with rebuilding a school that doesn’t have 1-A football into the powerhouse they were during his high school days in the late 80′s.

That won’t be an easy, or a quick, task. Cooley will be completely remodeling a team that went 4-14 last season and loses a first round pick to the NBA Draft. There are some pieces at his disposal, however. Vincent Council can hang with any point guard in the conference, and his back-up — freshman Kiwi Gardner — is tiny but will be one of the most exciting players in the league. Sophomores Gerald Coleman and Bryce Cotton both had promising freshman campaigns, as did big man Kadeem Betts. He’ll join junior Bilal Dixon on the Friar frontline. This is an extremely young group — two junior, seven sophomores, three freshmen — that will have to learn a completely different system this year. Davis preached the run-and-gun; Cooley loves defense stalwarts. It will take a while for him to ingrain that mindset into a team that finished 150th in defensive efficiency last year. But with the youth on the roster, and with a loaded recruiting class on the way in 2012, the future is bright in Rhode Island. But that future may come at the expense of success this year.

Friars.com: Ed Cooley Radio Show Dates Announced

The show will be on 103.7 WEEI-FM and streamed on Friars.com. Pretty cool, but what’s with the Hannoush Jewelers location in Warwick?

Thursday, December 15 – Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grill – 2225 Post Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, January 5 – Sullivan’s Rhode – 55 Union Street * Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, January 12 – Audi Warwick – 1517-B Bald Hill Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, January 19 – Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grill – 2225 Post Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, February 2 – Sullivan’s Rhode – 55 Union Street * Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, February 9 – Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grill – 2225 Post Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, February 16 – Audi Warwick – 1517-B Bald Hill Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, February 23 – Hannoush Jewelers – 685 Post Road * Warwick, RI 02886

Thursday, March 5 – PJ Clarke’s (BIG EAST Tournament)*New York, N.Y.

Ballin’ is a Habit: College Basketball’s Social Media Must-Follow Datatbase

Always a great resource for the start of the season. Definitely a great must follow list, mostly because it contains @friarblog and @FriarBasketball!

New Haven Register: NBA stars to play at Bridgeport for charity event

Ryan Gomes will be getting his game on in CT while worrying about being a victim of the amnesty clause on the Clippers. And probably about actually being on the Clippers.

The I-95 Pro Jam is scheduled for Webster Bank Arena at 7:30 p.m. Former UConn stars Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) and Hasheem Thabeet (Houston Rockets) are scheduled to play in the game for the I-95 North team, along with Waterbury’s Ryan Gomes (Los Angeles Clippers), Wes Matthews Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers) and former University of Maryland and Torrington High standout Jordan Williams (New Jersey Nets) among others.

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