Friars Links 1.30.12

dave@friarblog —  January 30th, 2012 10:42 PM —  Comments
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ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: Big East

Well Pitt, it was fun being ahead of you while it lasted.

16. Providence: The young Friars have lost seven of their past eight and three in a row. To get out of the cellar, Providence needs to up the ante on defense. BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Honors – Jan. 30

If it wasn’t for Moe Harkless going nuts against Duke (see, it wasn’t just us who couldn’t stop him!), Buckets would have easily won his third Rookie of the Week. We’ll take his first Honor Roll appearance.

LaDontae Henton, Providence, F, Fr.
Averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games. Set Providence’s freshman scoring record with 33 points in an 81-76 loss at USF.

ZagsBlog: Orlando Sanchez Remains Wide Open

The Friars are reportedly in good shape with the JUCO big man.

Orlando Sanchez, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound face-up four man from Monroe (N.Y.) College, remains wide open in his recruitment.

“I don’t know what school I want to go,” Sanchez, a native of the Dominican Republic who played last summer for Kentucky coach John Calipari on the Dominican team, told Sunday. “I need to talk to my coaches.”

NetsDaily: Nets Say Brooks Has A Broken Toe; No Timetable Set for Return

With the Friars struggling, it’s been refreshing seeing Marshon do great things as an NBA Rookie (even if the Nets were losing at the same alarming rate as PC). Now this has to happen. Poor Marshon.

The Nets have announced via Twitter that MarShon Brooks has “a broken little toe on his right foot. No timetable for his return”. Brooks will see a foot specialist later Monday.

Brooks tweeted “sigh” shortly the news was announced. He arrived at practice Monday morning with swelling in his toe. He was given an x-ray which revealed the fracture. Avery Johnson said there’s no indication when Brooks broke his toe, that in fact it could have been several games back.

ESPN: PG Kris Dunn adds to his legacy (Insider)

At this point, I kind of want him to stop doing any physical activity until he gets to campus.

The most notable difference between Dunn now and six months ago though is his physical frame. He’s added what appears to be over 10 pounds of sheer muscle as his upper body is really starting to jump out in his chest and shoulders.

For as good as Dunn is, one of the most exciting parts about his game is that he’s really only starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Once he learns some of the intricacies of how to play pick and roll, further polishes his quarter court skill set, and continues to develop into more of a mismatch problem in the backcourt his value and overall impact will shoot through the roof.

National Prep Invitational: Cox Sports 14th Annual National Prep Invitational

Be sure to catch Ricardo Ledo Thursday at 5:45.

On February 2-5, Cox Sports will present the National Prep School Invitational, a basketball showcase featuring 30 of the top prep schools in the country. Games will be available to watch free at, including South Kent’s game on February 2, featuring Providence College recruit Ricardo Ledo.

This is Cox Sports’ first year presenting the event. Fans who cannot watch the games live online can catch replays on Cox Sports (Cox channel 3, 1003 in HD). A full schedule of replays can be found at Announcing duties for game coverage will be handled by Scott Cordischi, Adam Finkelstein, Mike Mancuso, and Christina Sheehan.

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