Friars Links 2.23.12

dave@friarblog —  February 23rd, 2012 3:09 PM —  Comments
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Five Star Basketball: Cooley, Providence in MIx for Trio of 2012 Big Men

Nothing new we already don’t know, but still awesome to see the staff get their hard work recognized.

Did any coaching staff work as hard on recruiting this week as Ed Cooley and the guys at Providence?

“If they got a big like that it would be a tremendous class,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told

Five Star Basketball: Five-Star’s Big Board: Providence

Handy chart to see who the Friars are targeting the next three years.

Providence will likely lose big man Bilal Dixon and need to add an interior presence. They are involved with studs Nerlens Noel, Chris Obekpa and JaKarr Sampson and would be thrilled to land one of them to shore up the interior.

By 2013, Council will be gone but the rest of the team is pretty young. Providence is targeting many of the best young players in the Classes of 2013 and ’14, especially New England-area players like 6-9 Goodluck Okonoboh and 6-5 shooting guard Wayne Selden, both of whom play at The Tilton (N.H.) School along with Noel. They also like 2013 James Young, a 6-5 small forward out of Michigan.

YouTube: Marshon Brooks Highlights vs. Orlando

Marshon Brooks scored a career high 24 points on 10-15 shooting, including 4-7 from downtown. This came on the eve of his anniversary of dropping 52 points against Notre Dame. Unfortunately, both of these games were losses.

Twitter: Weyinmi Efejuku Ed Cooley Radio Show To Air Live From Hannoush Jewelers

The ninth and final Ed Cooley Radio Show until the BIG EAST Tournament will air Thursday, February 23, from Hannoush Jewelers located at 685 Bald Hill Road in Warwick, R.I. The show will air live from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sports Radio 103.7 WEEI-FM and will be streamed live on It is free and open to the public and is an excellent opportunity for fans to meet Friar Head Coach Ed Cooley. FREE food and beverage will be served!

Daily Press: Kecoughtan wins, Menchville loses in region quarterfinals

Who needs Obekpa or Noel?! We got Fortune the blocker.

Marcus Evans then his a 3-pointer for Great Bridge to being his team within a point with 10.6 seconds left.

After Great Bridge called time, the Wildcats fouled Motley, who made both free throws for a 56-53 lead.

The Wildcats inbounded the ball at the far end of the court, but Andre Banks’ 3-pointer was partially blocked by Josh Fortune, then Mark Madison missed a 3 at the buzzer.

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