Friars Links 1.20.12

dave@friarblog —  January 20th, 2012 11:26 AM —  Comments
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Friars.com: New London High School To Play Mt. Pleasant High School At Providence College’s Alumni Hall

Kris Dunn is coming to Friartown early! OK, so it’s for his high school team. Either way, come on down and you’ll probably be treated to a triple double.

The New London High School (Conn.) boys basketball team will take on Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be played in Alumni Hall on the Providence College campus located next to the Concannon Fitness Center

NJ.com: Big East basketball news, notes and Star-Ledger Power Rankings for Jan. 20

The big news in Friartown has been the suspension of star guard Vincent Council. Head coach Ed Cooley benched the junior for last Saturday’s game at Syracuse for “accountability” issues. But Cooley said that he will be lifting the suspension for Saturday’s game against Marquette. “I definitely will play Vince this Saturday,” Cooley said. “We’re looking forward to having him back in the lineup.” … Despite being 1-5 in the league, Cooley said his team is still buying in and remaining positive in the face of adversity. “I try to accentuate the positive things that our program has done,” Cooley said. “This will be our sixth ranked opponent in the Top 25. We’ve been right there. … I think our kids have been resilient in a lot of games.”

Card Chronicle: Your Team Sucks: Big East Power Rankings Week Two

Good read on the state of all the current teams in the BIG EAST.

HH: Marqeutte’s next opponent, PROVIDENCE, might not win another game this year if PG Vincent Council, second in the Big East in assists and ninth in scoring, can’t fix whatever issues held him out of PC’s loss at Syracuse Saturday. The Friars lost Kadeem Batts for the entire fall semester due to “issues unbecoming of a student athlete” and now Council–whose absence Saturday was listed as a “coaches decision”–seems to have fallen into the same pit. According to our friend Dave who runs Friarblog, this likely stems from the lax culture cultivated during previous head coach Keno Davis’ tenure at Providence. Dave thinks it’s likely Council will return this Saturday which is good because I don’t see them winning their next two games vs. Marquette or at Pitt without him.

S: The Friars are a little lucky that they have a break this week so they can at least get used to life without him. They played incredibly poorly without him on Saturday. They were also playing Syracuse, so that was probably to be expected. If they can get Council back, that would be a huge help. Obviously not knowing what the issue is, publicly, makes them a hard team to peg.

Rivals: Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest Storylines

We need bigs so bad, I almost don’t care.

5. Is Obekpa more than just a shot blocker?

It’s not that there is much doubt about whether or not Christopher Obekpa belongs on the list of the nation’s premier shot blockers. We are just curious to get another couple of looks at the athletic 6-foot-8 insider from Centerreach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American. In addition to getting another look at his shot blocking and rebounding prowess, we’ll be looking to evaluate his offense more closely. While he didn’t finish particularly well last weekend at the Hoophall Classic, he showed some touch and form on his jumper, along with quick spin moves to suggest that he’s not quite as offensively limited as some have made him out to be.

NJ.com: Nets’ MarShon Brooks showing signs of improvement in defense, passing

Keno is all, “Wait he can do those things?!”

Coach Avery Johnson said Thursday that Brooks’ defense in the game stood out, too.
“He probably had his best defensive game (Wednesday),” Johnson said of Brooks.
“He helped us out more in transition, because there are times he goes to the offensive glass and that compromises our transition defense. He didn’t do that (Wednesday).î
“I’m just trying to work on it all,” Brooks said of developing a better all-around game. “I’m just trying to make my weaknesses my strengths. I watch a lot of tape, so I just watch my decisions I make and what shots I take, which ones are good, which ones are bad. And I just try to get to those certain spots on the court, and if they help, I try to make the right play.”

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