Friars Links 1.24.12

dave@friarblog —  January 24th, 2012 10:01 PM —  Comments
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ESPN: Recruiting Rank Changes

New rankings are up, and Ricardo Ledo (#18) and Kris Dunn (#23) have slight bumps – they were #22 and #29 respectively.

Daily Progress: Locals in college: Former Miller star making impact for Providence

Nice article on Brice Kofane, blocker extraordinaire.

Where he has made the biggest impact in his first season on the court is on the defensive end, becoming a strong presence, leading the team in blocks with 1.5 per game, while also being one of the top rebounders on the squad. For former Providence assistant coach and current Towson head coach Pat Skerry, the primary recruiter for Kofane, his success isn’t a surprise.

“Ed Cooley and his staff have done a really good job with Brice,” Skerry said. “He is having a good freshman year. I like his motor defensively…He is a really good teammate.

“He is a tough kid, he plays defense, he rebounds. He is a kid that is having a good career. They will get him better, too. I think [he is] a guy that can play a good role in a program that is on the upswing in the Big East.”

Friars.com: Providence College Men’s Basketball Alumni Game To Take Place Prior To The Georgetown Game On February 18

Oh snap, I’m making the trip up to Providence for that game on Saturday night, but not sure if I’ll be there in time for this. I doubt Marvin Barnes will be there.

The annual Providence College men’s basketball Alumni Game is set to take place on Saturday, February 18, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center prior the Providence versus Georgetown game. The Alumni Game will begin at 2:45 p.m. with former Friars such as Ernie DiGregorio, Joe Hassett and Jacek Duda among others participating in the game.

New York Times: In Brooks, a Rookie, Nets Have a Refined Shooter

Marshon missed the last game due to a sore Achilles heal, but an MRI was negative and he’ll be a gametime decision for the next game on Wednesday night.

Brooks has scored in double-digits in 14 of 16 games this season, but also managed to shoot 47 percent from the field as the second scoring option on a bad offensive team. According to Synergy Sports Technology, he currently ranks in the league’s 88th percentile in half-court scoring efficiency. He’s topped 20 points on five different occasions this season (including a do-it-all scoring performance against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday), but as a product of efficient shooting (he was 53 percent from the field overall in those five games) rather than thoughtless shot-hunting. Brooks creates much of his offense off the dribble, but somehow commits turnovers at the same low rate as an off-ball cutter or a spot-up shooter.

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Another double-double for Kris Dunn. This time it’s with steals.

Providence-bound Kris Dunn had 32 points and 10 steals in New London's 95-65 rout of Woodstock. #pcbb
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