Rush the Court: Providence’s Cooley Rules
Really great read on the quick 180 that the program took under Coach Cooley.
When Providence hired Keno Davis as head coach in April 2008 its president, Reverend Brian Shanley, called him a “Godsend.” As they say, God works in mysterious ways. While mysterious is not the word most Friar fans would use to describe Davis’ tenure, that is just what happened. Shanley turned out to be right. Just not quite as intended. Davis was a Godsend because his hire and tenure represented the mistake Shanley, along with Athletic Director Bob Driscoll and the other decision makers at Providence College, learned from. It was a painful and public lesson, but one that led to Ed Cooley.
Woonsocket Call: Thus far, Friars have been ‘Cool’ customers
The defense might have some hiccups as BIG EAST play starts, but the chemistry thing rocks. Let’s just hope it doesn’t waver once losses start occurring. The bounce back after the poor showing in South Padre Island doesn’t have me too worried about that though.
The days of poor chemistry and defensive woes appear to be over as melding the holdovers from the Keno Davis years with a coach who doesn’t pull any punches has been far from a painstaking transition. That this aforementioned culture shift has taken place in a relatively short amount of time is a testament to the booming presence of Cooley, someone who’s not afraid to wield the hammer and show he’s in complete command (see Kadeem Batts).
GoLocalProv: First Semester Grade – Providence Friars: B+
A fair assessment. Thinking about last year’s similar record at the break, it’s hard to imagine a B+ given the defensive holes despite the wins.
A PC administrator asked me the question over a week ago, “do we play great defense or what?” Truthfully, the answer to that question is, “no.” However, it’s all relative. Compared to what the team did defensively under Davis, this team looks like the Alonzo Mourning-led Georgetown Hoyas.
Providence is not a great defensive team but they are now putting in the effort on that end of the floor where they weren’t before. Also, Cooley has been effective in mixing up his defensive looks playing both man-to-man defense and zone against teams who have bigger front lines. It is a marked improvement over a year ago. What has also made their defense look better is the fact that they have now slowed the pace of play down and run a half court offense resulting in fewer possessions for themselves and their opponents.
This is one smart fellow.
Friar Blog (@friarblog)
The top source for Providence Friars updates, but also a good source for Big East news in general.
YouTube: Tilton vs. Worcester Academy
Watch the complete game from last week. We know about all the Tilton guys, but Rene Castro on Worcester is also a big Friar target (he was at Late Night Madness).
Tilton School ( New Hampshire ) Vs Worcester Academy ( Massachusetts )
December 7th 2011
Tilton School ( New Hampshire ) Roster (Black):
#2 Caleb Unni
#3 Nerlens Noel
#4 Wayne Selden
#5 Evandro Bildau
#10 Ben King
#11 Domonique Bull University of Missouri
#12 Goodluck Okonobh
#20 Georges Niang ISU ( Iowa State University )
#24 Mike Swanson
#25 Brandon Bibbs
#31 Cameron Durley
#33 John Witkowski
#35 Ignacio Ballve Garcia
#42 Kevin Crescenzi Dartmouth College
#52 Kyle Holmquist-Parker
Worcester Academy ( Massachusetts ) Roster (White):
#3 Kei Okada
#5 Tom Mangaudis
#11 Olivier Betu UCD ( University of California Davis )
#12 Justus Harris
#14 Ansar Madison
#20 Ricky Legget
#22 Canaan Sevenn
#23 Ben Musuda
#24 Rene Castro
#30 Thomas Rivard
#32 Tyreik McCauley
#33 Sam Joaquin
#34 Matthew Cimino
#40 Michael Peavier
#44 Andrew Scocca