Friars Links 1.16.11

dave@friarblog —  January 16th, 2012 7:44 PM —  Comments
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ESPN: X’s and O’s: New London’s Kris Dunn

Some great analysis and videos in there.

Last week, New London point guard and Providence signee Kris Dunn set CCRI-Warwick’s gymnasium on fire with 32 points, 26 rebounds, and four assists against defending RIIL state champ St. Raphael Academy, of Pawtucket. Friar fans were energized after his impressive performance.

After reviewing the film, it appears that the Providence faithful have even more to be excited about Dunn. Here are a few observations and clips of why Providence has a future star in Dunn

Rebounding and Hustle:

ESPN: Conference power rankings: Big East

Eat it, Pittsburgh!

15. Providence: The Friars lost to Syracuse and lost badly, but credit Ed Cooley for benching leading scorer Vincent Council. As he tries to rebuild Providence, Cooley has to set a standard regardless of what it might do to the win-loss column. Kadeem Batts Named To BIG EAST Honor Roll

Had to be the Dunk against Louisville. It was so good it didn’t matter that no Friar did much against Syracuse.

Providence College sophomore forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, January 16. Batts earned the honor after he led the Friars to a 1-1 mark last week, which included a 31-point victory over No. 14 Louisville on Jan. 10.

In the two games last week, Batts averaged 20 points and 6.5 rebounds. He also shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from the field. In the win over Louisville, Batts registered a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three blocks and shot 9-13 from the field. Batts also recorded 13 ponts in the team’s loss at No. 1 Syracuse. Hoophall Classic Recruiting Update: Jakarr Sampson, Brewster Academy

Among those schools vying for Sampson’s services are Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Saint John’s. The Red Storm are the only school to offer Sampson at this time.

Providence and Saint John’s both had representatives in attendance for this game, including Saint John’s coach Steve Lavin.

NetsDaily: Nets’ Comeback Falls Short Against Clippers

In the battle of the only Friars in the NBA, Ryan Gomes’ Clippers beat Marshon’s Nets. However, Brooks had the better individual game, netting 19 points (7-14 shooting) in 42 minutes of play. Gomes came off the bench and played 23 minutes but only scored 5 points on 1-2 shooting.

MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 19 points and eight rebounds. Four other Nets scored in double-figures, including Deron Williams, who made just five of his 14 shots. Shelden Williams fueled the fourth-quarter comeback and finished with eight points and eight boards. Blake Griffin led L.A. with 23 and 14.

Nets are Scorching: MarShon Brooks Hates Losing.

He didn’t get used to it the last two years at Providence?

His teammates had left for the bus, but Brooks was in full uniform,fuming. Finally, he said, "I'm not going to let myself get used to this."
Stefan Bondy

NetsDaily: Why Did MarShon Brooks Fall?

MarShon Brooks is among the top rookies in virtually every statistical category. He’s second in scoring at 14.5 ppg; second in field goal percentage at 46.2%; third in player efficiency at 12.36; fourth in points/assists/rebounds at 19.5; and sixth in three point shooting (and way ahead of Jimmer Fredette) at 40%.

So how did he last until #25 on Draft Night when Billy King, wanting to make sure the Nets got who they wanted, pre-arranged a deal that sent JaJuan Johnson and the Nets’ 2014 second round pick to the Celtics for the rights to Brooks? We weren’t in the war rooms on Draft Night, so we’re not privy to the details of why he fell, but we offer our take, which is somewhat informed.

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