Archives For January 2012

Friars Links 1.16.11

dave@friarblog —  January 16th, 2012 7:44 PM —  Comments

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.

The Ed Cooley Documentary will air on Cox Sports tonight at 8PM. I got a chance to watch a screener this afternoon, and it’s definitely a must see for Friar fans.

When I first heard that Providence was considering Cooley for the head caching job, I admit I didn’t really know much about him. After he was hired, every time he spoke and every little back story that came out truly showed what a perfect fit he is for the program. The documentary not only enhances this, but also provides a complete look of how Ed got to where he is. Some very inspirational stuff. Overcoming the disaster that Keno Davis brought to the Friars? That’s small potatoes compared to what he’s already dealt with in life.

Some favorite moments:

* I’ve heard about Cooley winning state championships at Central High School in Rhode Island, but seeing the footage was truly great. The man could move, and grab an offensive board! Former Friar Abdul Abdullah also has some sweet highlights in there in playing with Ed. Also not surprising that he was the team’s locker room motivator.

* It was at Central High School where Cooley credits growing the most as a person. At first he did terribly academically and just needed the right teacher to whip him into shape. Sound familiar?

* Cooley goes all Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights with the players coming to his house to enjoy a family meal. Some great stuff seeing them interact there with him and his family.

* Ed Cooley speaks to little kids at basketball camp just like they are real adults. SOMEONE IS GOING TO HIRE YOU ONE DAY, DON’T MESS AROUND!

If you have Cox Sports, be sure to check it out at 8PM tonight, and look for it on Demand.

From a Cox Sports press release:

Cooley will air throughout January on Cox channel 3 and 1003 in HD. It will also be available On DEMAND.

The film tells Cooley’s story, beginning with his youth in Providence, attending Central High School and earning two Rhode Island Player of the Year awards. It continues with his college career at Stonehill and previous coaching positions at URI, Boston College, and Fairfield.

“Cox Sports continues to amazes us with its ability to provide unique coverage of local sports in Rhode Island,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “The story of Ed Cooley’s life is so dynamic and inspiring that we are thankful to Cox for its desire to help us share this with our fans.”

The film features interviews with former Boston College coach Al Skinner, former Friar star and Cooley teammate Adbul Abdullah, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, and many other players, administrators, coaches, and family.

“As the television home of Providence College athletics, we enjoy providing the type of in-depth coverage that fans won’t find anywhere else,” said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing at Cox New England. “And as Friar fans, we wanted to learn more about Coach Cooley’s journey, as we are very excited about the future of the program under his leadership.”
Cooley was produced by Asleh Films for Cox Sports, directed by Salim Makhlouf and edited by Alex Contos. Other documentary films produced by Cox Sports include Providence College: Black & White, Somehow, Someway: A Season with the URI Rams and Narragansett Special: The Story of Narragansett Park.

While the Friars were getting pummeled up in Syracuse last night, both Kris Dunn and Josh Fortune’s teams were in action. Dunn continued his dominating ways, this time in New York City at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational.

The Day: H.S. roundup: Whalers enjoy a memorable day in New York

Senior Kris Dunn capped off a terrific performance with a game-ending dunk, lifting New London past Benjamin Cardozo of Queens, 80-76, in a high school boys’ basketball game at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Dunn finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He scored 17 of New London’s 29 points in the fourth quarter and helped sealed the win with two free throws with seven seconds remaining, increasing the lead to 78-75.

Here are two of his points.

Kris Dunn 6'4 PG New London is as good as advertised. Providence College got a huge impact player! Wow!
Nathan Blue

Josh Fortune on the other hand, did not play in his game due to back spasms.

Daily Press: Phoebus only Peninsula District winner in Boo Williams’ Shootout

Missing senior shooter Josh Fortune, the Warriors didn’t quite have enough Saturday night.

Kecoughtan trailed 43-33 going into the fourth quarter but rallied behind the outside shooting of Nate Motley, Jeremy Saunders and Rodney Bullock. With a flurry of 3-pointers, Warwick cut the lead to 52-48 on Bullock’s trey with 3:09 left.

But the Miller School’s Andrew White drove the lane for a 3-point play layup, which pushed the lead back to seven. Greg Alexander’s jumper made it 55-50, but an intentional foul resulted in a three-point possession for the Miller School which sealed.

Christopher Obekpa’s Block Party

dave@friarblog —  January 15th, 2012 9:27 AM —  Comments

Friar super target Chris Obekpa had 20 blocks in a game this past Thursday. Oh, and he had 11 points and 15 rebounds for a cool triple-double. Check out some of the blocks below.


Council Out vs. Syracuse

dave@friarblog —  January 14th, 2012 4:55 PM —  Comments

Vincent Council will not be playing against Syracuse tonight at the Carrier Dome due to a Coaches decision. Buckle up, folks.

Since these rumors are persisting that Council might not play tonight I’m going to continually check up on it and provide updates here whenever I get new information, whether it be bad or good. As of 10:18 last night (yes, I’m doing exact time stamps) I had a source close to the team confirm that Council was on the trip and should be playing unless something drastic happens, which I then related onto the Scout message board thread regarding this same topic. Because I don’t believe you’ve won the race until you’ve crossed the finish line I’m going to keep monitoring until tip off tonight, when everyone will know for sure. For now my most recent word on the matter has been that Council will play tonight, but we all know how things can change in a matter of moments in the college basketball world.


UPDATE 1: 2:20pm – Source got back to me and confirmed 100% that Council is on the trip and ineligible players can’t travel with the team. Continuing to monitor just in case. Chance of Council playing: high

Orange You Excited

FriartownMayor —  January 14th, 2012 2:05 AM —  Comments

Whether it is freshly squeezed by Coach Cooley or right out of Jim Boeheim’s basket, an orange taste no different.

The Orange that Coach Cooley will become shortly accustomed to over the next couple years before they squeeze their way out of the Big East and into the ACC is a team that never changes its identity.

Jimmy Boeheim’s famous 2-3 zone has given everyone trouble from the “Monstar’s Goon Squad” to Jordan’s ’95-’96 Bulls team that went 70-12.

The last time these two faced off, the Friars got within six points with around the 5 minute mark before the Orange pulled away.

Ed Cooley went six deep that night at the Dunk but one would think he would have to look further down his bench this time around in order to hang with the ‘Cuse at the Dome.

Continue Reading…

Here is the full spot:

Yahoo Sports Radio: Ed Cooley – A Dream Come True & Destination Spot

Earlier today I had gotten wind that there might be academic issues on the team, and that would either mean a hit to our APR (result: loss of scholarship) or a player not playing (result: screwed.). I was able to confirm through sources that the academic struggles are not what the rumors appear. The staff is working with all the student athletes in their program to ensure that they keep their efforts up to the expectations that Cooley has set and that they’re fulfilling their responsibilities as students. If I get any further word I’ll update, but for right now the official is that the team will remain intact and that the students struggling are more getting adjusted to Cooley’s expectations for them and working on (and being worked with) to bring their grades up even further. Everyone can breathe easy, for right now everything is just peachy (dope rhyme!).

Cox Tip Off Show Videos: Dunn and Ledo

dave@friarblog —  January 11th, 2012 8:52 PM —  Comments

Here are some new videos from the Cox Sports Tip Off Show that feature the new Friars Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo.