Archives For November 2011

The Providence Friars suffered their first lost of the season by falling to Iowa State 64-54 in South Padre Island.

Why Iowa State won: The Cyclones came into the game shooting extremely well, but they didn’t actually end up with a great overall percentage (39.2%, although they took 30 threes). They did seem to hit some timely shots behind the arc (mostly in spurts), but really prevailed because of owning the Friars on the glass.  Big man Royce White was held in check offensively with only 6 points, but he grabbed 16 rebounds — 5 on the offensive glass.

Why the Friars lost: PC’s offense is just extremely limited right now. Vincent Council took scoring responsibility in the 1st half (17 of Providence’s 24 points), while Gerard Coleman got the honors in the 2nd (17 of team’s 30 points). Other than a small spurt where Bryce Cotton (who had his 2nd straight game on the wrong side of efficiency) got 6 points midway in the 2nd, not many points came from anyone else. When the offense isn’t fully clicking, the defense and rebounding needs to be stellar. While the team played hard on the defensive end, the long rebounds off missed threes was a big issue. Like Coach Simon said on the post game show, that type of thing falls on everyone, not just the front court players.

Turning point:  Even though it felt like Iowa State had a decent lead for most of the 2nd half, the Friars seemed to get a little momentum with 8 minutes left in the game. Gerard Coleman got a steal, and Bryce Cotton hit a fast break layup to cut the deficit to 4.  After he hit the foul shot (!), the Friars trailed by 3 but would never get any closer. Iowa State hit some foul shots and got lots of 2nd chances, Vincent Council missed a big front end of a one and one, and Chris Allen (who spend most of the time on the bench with 4 early fouls) hit a dagger three to put Iowa State up double digits late in the game.

Quotables: “Guards have to get their nose bloodied every now and then” - Assistant coach Simon on needing guards to pitch in on the rebounding front.

Coleman For Three: Gerard Coleman did not take any threes before tonight, but ended up 2-5. He seemed to get some confidence after hitting a few, but the last one may have been one he was apt to take last season.

Foul Shots Again: The Friars foul shooting problems continued with limited opportunities. The team went 5-11, including a nice airball from Brice Kofane.

Bilal Dixon, you there?: Bilal Dixon’s name comes up in the box score, but I can honestly say I never heard his named mentioned on the radio broadcast. With all the rebounding issues tonight it would have been nice if he made his presence known. Remember when he used to get double-doubles?

Taking care: For all the problems PC had tonight, they did a great job of taking care of the ball. Their 7 turnovers was the lowest so far this young season.

PC vs. Iowa State Live Stream

dave@friarblog —  November 25th, 2011 8:03 PM —  Comments

The Friars are taking on the Iowa State Cyclones at 8:30 at South Padre Island in Texas. Doesn’t look like there is any TV for the game, but FriarTV has the radio stream.

FriarTV: PC vs. Iowa State Radio Stream

If anyone is following along, fee free to leave your thoughts in the comments. If you don’t comment, I can only assume you are still stuffed with turkey and alcohol.

@TheBBDiary has uploaded the full videos of all the games from the National Prep Showcase played last weekend.

Here is the full South Kent / La Jolla Prep game from Friday night in which Ricky Ledo dropped 37 points in leading his team to a blowout victory.

Here is the full South Kent vs. St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy game from Saturday.


South Kent (CT) 84, St. John’s Military Academy (WI) 76

Those coaches and fans who survived the entire day were rewarded with an epic battle as South Kent established a commanding first half lead only to see St. John’s come storming back in the second half. Chris Thomas went to work in the first half, rattling off 14 points in only 8 minutes, while the backcourt of Jacoby Davis, Jeremiah Jones, and Quinn Williams led the comeback for St. John’s. Ricardo Ledo and Isaac Freeman both came up with key buckets down the stretch for South Kent while Freeman was equally clutch on the defensive end, securing every big rebound.

H/T @Craigl78

Kris Dunn Feature from ESPN HS Magazine

dave@friarblog —  November 25th, 2011 10:39 AM —  Comments

The featured article on Kris Dunn from his cover appearance on ESPN HS Magazine is now online.

ESPN HS: Dunn hungry for another championship

“I try to play people,” he says, “but I like to joke around so people don’t really take me serious.”

That’s never a problem on the court, where Dunn is a factor in every aspect of the game.

He may be asked to do even more this season. While New London returns most of its key players, the Whalers will be without Torin Childs-Harris, an All-State wing now doing a prep year at St. Thomas More.

If anyone is up to the task, it’s Dunn. While he can take it to the rack with ease, defenders have to play him close because of his improved outside shot. If they double-team him or use a box-and-one, he’s more than capable of getting his teammates involved, as his career average of more than five assists per game demonstrates. With his bounce, Dunn can outrebound most forwards, and with his quickness he’s always a threat on the break.

Here is another pic from the hard copy of the magazine that is not on the online edition.


The Providence Friars kick off their first of two games in South Padre Island by facing off against the Iowa State Cyclones. PC’s undefeated record is on the line, and the neutral site game will be a great test for Ed Cooley’s young and thin squad. The Cyclones were picked to finish 8th in the BIG 12 in preseason polls, but their offense has been efficient early on in the season.

The Friars have never played Iowa State before, but opposing coach Fred Hoiberg defeated Keno Davis in the first round of the “Shots from the Heart” Free Throw Contest last year (which Hoiberg went on to win the whole thing), which benefited the American Heart Association. Hey, at least Keno went to some tournament in the last two seasons. Even though the guy ran the program into the ground, let’s get him some payback!


Game Time: 8:30PM EST

Opponent: Iowa State (3-1)

Location: South Padre Island Convention Center

Spread: Iowa State -2

ESPN Accuscore: Not yet posted

CBSSports Daily Picks: Iowa State 78, Providence 70

Iowa State Game Stats

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Florida A&M and Southern Video Replays

dave@friarblog —  November 25th, 2011 9:03 AM —  Comments

FriarTV has posted up the replays of the last two Friars games.

If you can’t wait until later tonight and are jonesing for some PC basketball, I suggest watching the first half of the Florida A&M game in which the Friars dominated offensively, and the 2nd half of the Southern game to see how they prevailed despite shooting poorly. Compare and contrast!

PC vs. Florida A&M First Half by FriarTV

PC vs. Southern Second Half by FriarTV

To watch the full games, show FriarTV some love by watching them over there.

PC vs. Florida A&M

PC vs. Southern

Watch Out For Royce White

dave@friarblog —  November 24th, 2011 9:19 AM —  Comments

The Friars might have their hands full with Royce White when they take on Iowa State on Friday night in Texas. The Cyclones’ 6-8 transfer from Minnesota (he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor criminal charges as a freshman there) is averaging 18.25 PPG, 10 RPG, and even has 4.25 assists per game to boot. Here are some of his highlights from their games this season.

Royce White dunk Iowa State vs Northern Colorado 11-22-11

Royce White block Iowa State vs Northern Colorado 11-22-2011

Royce White’s 2nd block Iowa State vs Northern Colorado 11-22-11

Royce White dunk Iowa State vs. Western Carolina 11-20-2011

Royce White 2nd Half dunk Iowa State vs. Western Carolina 11-20-2011

Royce White dunk vs. Lehigh 11-12-2011

Friars Links 11.23.11

dave@friarblog —  November 23rd, 2011 5:21 PM —  Comments

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.

Jared Terrell, a 6-3 guard in the 2014 class who holds an offer from Providence, showcased his skills in this past weekend’s National Prep Showcase. According to, Terrell also received offers from Virginia Tech, St. John’s, and NC State after the game.

*Steve Lavin (St.Johns head coach), Ed Cooley (Providence Head coach), Dave Telep (Espn), Evan Daniel ( were all on hand and seemed very impressed with Terrell’s play.

*Terrel already held an offer from Providence but new head coach Ed Cooley was in the building and also made it clear that he himself also wants Jared to be a Friar.

Terrell was reportedly supposed to attend Providence’s Late Night Madness, but he ended up at UConn instead. Last month, he listed UConn, Cincinnati, Miami, Boston College, Rutgers, Providence, DePaul, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona & Baylor as his schools.


Ed Cooley spoke to the media with Gerard Coleman after the team’s 59-53 victory over Southern on Tuesday night at the Dunk.

via @PCAthletics