Friars Links 11.23.11

dave@friarblog —  November 23rd, 2011 5:21 PM —  Comments
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Rivals:Providence at top of strong Big East

Nothing new here really. We already know the current incoming class is awesome. I did think it was interesting how they named the best players by category. Kris Dunn is best passer, defender, and has the best speed. Is there anything this guy doesn’t do? Ledo is also the best perimeter scorer. Word.

No team in the Big East created more of a recruiting stir than Providence. First year head coach Ed Cooley hit the ground running landing top 10 prospects Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn, who will likely man the backcourt from Day 1. Joining these two elite guards is sharpshooter Joshua Fortune, giving Providence the top recruiting class in the Big East and the No.6-ranked class in the nation.

YouTube: More Ricky Ledo NPS Footage

More footage of Ledo’s crazy scoring night. I’ll watch this stuff all day from all different angles!

Twitter: @RIHoops

Let the Ledo playing next semester talk begin!

Depending on Ricardo Ledo’s qualification for the NCAA with credits, grades and SAT scores. He could be eligible to attend PC in January.
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GoLocalProv: Friars survive a close call with Southern

Legs are tired already? I know the bench is thin, but didn’t they go through some sort of Boot Camp before the season? The BIG EAST devours tired.

Assistant coach Brian Blaney (who had the pre-game scouting duties on the Jaguars) mentioned during the post-game radio interview that the young Friars’ legs are a little tired at this stage of the season…and they’ll use the next couple of days to recuperate before resuming play in Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday

Friar Basketball: Seven Post-Southern Thoughts

Congrats on the upcoming wedding Kevin!

With Kadeem Batts serving an indefinite suspension the Friars are sorely lacking a big man who can catch and score at the rim, but perhaps an equally glaring issue is the hands of the Providence big men on the glass. Henton has flashed the ability to grab rebounds in traffic from the small forward spot, but the Providence bigs have struggled in this department. They have been able to get away with fumbling rebounds against lesser competition, but certainly won’t be able to do so once the Big East portion of the schedule begins.

Dime Magazine: Providence Coach Ed Cooley has the Friars Dreaming Big

Is this a secret hint that the Friars are landing a big? Probably not, but I’ll take it as a sign.

“Coming to the Dunk [Dunkin’ Donuts Center] is going to be a brutal place to play,” said Cooley. “You’re going to play against a team that is determined and willing to fight for every victory. Every possession is going to mean something.”

Regardless of how the Friars finish this season, teams beware, Providence is on its way back to prominence.

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