Friars Links 12.26.11

dave@friarblog —  December 26th, 2011 9:22 PM —  Comments
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Big East: BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Honors – Dec. 26

Vincent Council gets recognized by making the honor roll.

Vincent Council, Providence, G, Jr.
Averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds in wins against New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

A Daly Dose of Hoops: Catching Up With Ed Cooley

Great interview with Coach Cooley, with some some great stuff on the upcoming BIG EAST opener against the Johnnies.

JD: You’ve had four players average 35 minutes or more per game. Against a team like St. John’s with a seven-man rotation, how much of a factor is conditioning going to be for your team as well as theirs?

EC: Huge. That’s a great question…that’s the one thing we concentrated on since we came on board here at Providence, to make sure we were in tip-top shape. Our strength and conditioning has kind of been “1-A” to recruiting as a very important figure in how we build our program here, and we talk about our players all the time as being the most conditioned team with under four minutes to play in the game. Being mentally tough will give us an opportunity to be more competitive.

CBS Sports: Conference Reset: Big East again loaded with tourney-worthy teams

12. Providence

What’s Gone Quite Right: Ed Cooley has this team on the right track. The Friars have a productive leading quartet in Vincent Council, Gerard Coleman, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton. They’re 11-2 heading into Big East play.

New Year’s Resolution: Don’t get tired. All four of the aforementioned players are playing at least 34 minutes per game; can that last in conference play? The Friars don’t have a ton of depth, but Kadeem Batts’ return will help.

MVP: Vincent Council. The sophomore point guard is one of the most underrated players in the league, scoring 17.1 points and dishing out seven assists per game. He’s also an iron man, ranking ninth in the country in minutes per game.

Step Your Game Up: Kadeem Batts. He was suspended for the first semester, but he made an immediate impact upon his return. Batts needs to continue to do that; the Friars can’t afford any lackadaisical effort from him.

Beyond the Arc: Which high-profile teams should start sweating at-large bids?

I’m not even remotely thinking about at-large bids at this point, but I guess these guys had to throw it out there because of PC’s record.

A quick note about the Friars. Yes, Providence is 11-2, but with an SOS ranked No. 302, and losses to Iowa State and Northern Iowa. The Friars’ best win is at Fairfield. The opening Big East slate is loaded with heavy hitters. We’ll revisit PC in mid-January.

YouTube: Chauncey Billups to Ryan Gomes

The Clippers won their season opener, beating the Golden State Warriors 105-86. Ryan Gomes came off the bench, and scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Here is one of his baskets on a nice feed from Chauncey Billups.

YouTube: Wayne Selden: Wayne’s World PT 1

Friar target Wayne Selden is a 6’5 wing, attends Tilton School (NH). He played against Ricky Ledo this year, and had quite the trash talking session.


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