Archives For February 2012

Tilton vs. Brewster Recap Video

dave@friarblog —  February 23rd, 2012 12:01 PM —  Comments

Here are the highlights of the recent Tilton vs. Brewster game. Ed Cooley and Andre LaFleur were in attendance to watch Nerlens Noel and JaKarr Sampson.

via @TheCrusader22


dave@friarblog —  February 21st, 2012 7:56 PM —  Comments

Lost in the #Linsanity of the Nets win over the Knicks last night in which Deron Williams showed he was the best PG in town was Marshon Brooks’ best game back since returning from injury. He scored 18 points on 7-15 shooting, also picking up 3 rebounds and 4 assists. In the latest Grantland Rookie Rankings, Brooks dropped down to number 6, but more performances like he had in the Garden will get him back up in no time.

Here are some of his highlights from the Nets 100-92 win over New York.

Here is an ESPN interview with Marshon from today.

Letter to Nerlens Noel

Daniel "The Warrior Friar" James —  February 21st, 2012 9:24 AM —  Comments

Dear Nerlens,

I’d like to start off by apologizing – first on my behalf. I’m a fan that is probably faceless in a sea of fanatics that show up at the Dunk. I have no business writing this, and I’m not sure how it’ll be received. All I can hope for is that you understand the reason I’m writing this isn’t for personal gain, or for the sake of my institution, or anything else. Whatever equalizing denominator you want to use – we’re both from eastern Massachusetts, both rock fantastic hair styles (your fade top and my jew-fro), or that we’re both simply humans co-existing on this planet – just know I’m writing it from that standpoint, and not one of any alternative motive.

Secondly, I’d like to apologize for the experts, the journalists, and the overall opinionated people who claim they know what you’re thinking and what you’re going through. It seems that I can’t go on Twitter, Facebook, or a message board and not see your name tied up in some half-baked idea of what you’re thinking and/or where you’re going. The reality, as I’m sure you’re aware of, is that none of these people know and that they’re guessing either by job description, bias standpoint, or simply overzealous at the opportunity to see you wear their school’s name and colors on your uniform in the fall. I can’t even imagine how frustrating it must be to have words put into your mouth by these people on a daily basis, even further exacerbated  by the fact that they don’t consult you, or that they spin your consultation to a very specific degree. I can’t claim to have an understanding of that feeling, like every word seems to be pushing you in a direction that you’re not sure you want to head in, but I can imagine that it gets so frustrating at times that you want to throw your fist into a wall.

To put it simply, it’s not fair. It’s not fair to you because you’ve worked your entire life to get to this point and you’ve made the sacrifices you’ve needed to make to get where you’re at presently, and now it must feel like someone is taking that and trying to control it. It’s unfair because you should be enjoying this, not feeling like you’re being pushed into something. Christ, at this point in high school my biggest concern was who my prom date was going to be, these kinds of decisions you have to make are well beyond the most of us and you have to make them in the midst of this point in your life. In laments terms, it’s bullshit that you have to feel this way and put up with this.

I don’t know you, and I’m not about to give you advice because I have no idea where you’re at or what you’re going through. All I can say is I empathize with you. From all accounts you sound like a great young man, one who has his head on right and is always looking ahead in life. From my understanding you’re mature beyond your years and extremely respectful, rare and valuable qualities not only in a person but in life. These are the qualities that people look back on and root for – not for you as a basketball player, but for you as a person. With all these pressures on where to go, when to decide by, who thinks what, it might be easy to lose sight of that.

If there’s one thing I can encourage you to do, it’s to never forget the people that matter most in your life are the ones who will support you for you and the decisions you make. There is no “right answer” in many things – the choices in life are not black and white, but beautiful shades of grey. What decisions you make should be ones that reflect the choices made with your heart and mind, and not ones made for you by others. You know this, and I’m not trying to teach you something you know. What you might not know is that people of your nature, who are unique in character for their esteemed qualities, will always be rooted for. Whether it be because you play basketball or not is a variant of life that can change at the pulse of a heartbeat, but as Confucius said “no matter where you go, there you are.” I hope you remember these words because at the end of the day they will ring true for you – no matter what school you pick you will still be, from all accounts, a great person. These are the people we hope to see succeed in life, regardless of where they do it.

I vouch for no person other than myself and those who may find agreement in this letter, regardless of philosophical beliefs, religious denomination, or even school affiliation. As a person, I want nothing more than to see you succeed in whatever you do. Life is nothing more than a collection of moments, but it is the family and community we embrace as our own that what makes life worthwhile. I hope you find this in whatever path you decide going forward, but also I hope you understand there are those already around you that provide this for you. I know you may not read this, but maybe in some metaphysical way these words reach you in some form and they bring solace to your life when you may need it. Most importantly, have fun – life is too short not to.

- Warrior Friar

via Five Star Basketball

Friars Links 2.20.12

dave@friarblog —  February 20th, 2012 8:36 PM —  Comments

ESPN: Nerlens’ Notebook: Kentucky, Cuse visits

Out of all the schools PC is up against for Noel, I suddenly have a weird feeling about Georgetown…

I’m excited about my next few visits, to Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown, but I don’t know what order those visits will be in and I don’t have any dates on those yet. I’ll definitely let you guys know, though.

I’m gonna visit Providence and UConn too because they’re so close to me. I’ve been hearing from all of the coaches from those schools for the most part

YouTube: PC Coach’s Show with Ed Cooley 2.19.12

ZagsBlog: Obekpa, Balamou Visit Big East Schools

From there it was off to Providence, which has Ricky Ledo, Josh Fortune and Kris Dunn signed and is also involved with 2012 shot-blocking superstar Nerlens Noel, who took his weekend official to Kentucky.

“After we left UConn we took about an hour drive over to the Providence-Georgetown game,” Jaklitsch said. “We got a chance to see them play in person after watching them on TV a few times. The fan support was really amazing for their team. They are struggling this year but the place was sold out and the fans supported them to the final buzzer.

“We had already been to Providence in the fall so we saw the Dunkin Donuts center but now this time the place was packed. After the game we had the opportunity to speak with Coach [Ed] Cooley and his staff. They expressed again how much they want Chris and how much they need him. They talked about the opportunity that was available for him if he decides to attend Providence College.”

New London Patch: Whalers Wallop Woodstock Academy In Season Closer [VIDEO]

New London senior guard Kris Dunn scored his 2,000th career point Friday as the Whalers’ boys’ basketball team cruised to an 89-54 victory over Woodstock Academy.

“It felt great,” said Dunn. “I’m just trying to start a new record right now for someone else to break.”

Cox Sports Online: PC-Georgetown Highlights and Post Game

Twitter: @757Teamz

Boys bball: Kecoughtan 68, First Colonial 63. FINAL. Josh Fortune had 31 points, including key 3 pter with 40 seconds left.

Friars 2012 Recuiting Class Mixtape

dave@friarblog —  February 19th, 2012 9:27 PM —  Comments

The 2012 Friar recruiting class still isn’t set in stone (hey bigs!), but the the kids who have already given Ed Cooley ink are cause for lots of excitement. Check out this mixtape featuring images of Providence College, Ricardo Ledo, and Kris Dunn. Hey, where’s Josh Fortune? Anyways, have you ever seen a bad video that uses the “I’m Coming Home” song? I feel like it’s obviously overused, but just never gets old.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Men’s Basketball Falls To Georgetown, 63-53

The Providence College men’s basketball team (13-15, 2-12 BIG EAST) the Georgetown Hoyas (20-5, 10-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 63-53 on Saturday, February 18 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game marks the second time the two teams have met this season. On January 29, the Friars fell to the Hoyas, 49-40, in Washington, D.C.

ESPN (AP): No. 9 Hoyas hold Providence to 25 percent shooting

The Hoyas held their biggest lead at 57-42 on two free throws by Jabril Trawick with 2:56 to play. Then the Friars chipped away, closing the margin to 58-50 on a 3-pointer by LaDontae Henton with 1:27 to go. But a dunk by Henry Sims and a free throw by Markel Starks built the lead back up to 61-50 with 47 seconds left.

Washington Post: Georgetown vs. Providence: Hoyas clamp down on Friars for 63-53 victory

Although the Friars trimmed their deficit to 58-50 on a three-pointer by Council with 1:27 left to play, the Hoyas did not flinch. Sims, in fact, answered with a backboard-rattling dunk that put an exclamation point on the win.

“In conference play, particularly on the road, you’re not going run away from teams,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to try. But this group isn’t frustrated when it doesn’t happen because we’ve accepted the mind-set of, ‘Hey, every night is going to be a grind.’ ”

CBS Sports: Georgetown’s young kids what makes Hoyas tick

Providence made just 4-of-28 shots from the field in the first 20 minutes and wound up shooting below 26 percent in the loss. Teams are shooting 38.8 percent from the field against the Hoyas this season and 28 percent from beyond the arc.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in the eyes of many. Instead, Georgetown sits just a game out of second place in the Big East.

GoLocalProv: Hoyas’ on the defensive, stifle Friars 63-53

Without Coleman in the offensive lineup, the Friars struggled to get into a transition offense and create easy scoring opportunities. Or any scoring opportunities, for that matter.

The Hoyas’ stifling defense managed to extend outward on PC’s shooters (Bryce Cotton, LaDontae Henton) and never allowed any level of comfort. At one point in the first half, the Friars missed an astounding 20 shots in a row from the floor.

Woonsocket Call: Hoyas grind PC Friars to a halt, 63-53

“That’s best defensive team I’ve seen in a long time,” Cooley said. “Everyone talks about Syracuse’s length. We’ve played both teams twice and Georgetown is as long and as physical as any team.”

The Sun Chronicle: PC off target in loss to Georgetown

“Every mistake we made, they countered,” added Cooley, the Friars suffering their seventh Big East loss by a margin of 10 points or less. The Friars scored just 25 first half points on Wednesday against Cincinnati (shooting 37 percent) and just 21 first half points last Saturday against South Florida (shooting 26 percent).

Friar Basketball: Quick Hit Thoughts After a Struggle Against Georgetown

Not coincidentally, PC’s offense has stagnated as Bryce Cotton has struggled from the field. After his explosion at Villanova, Cotton has shot 5-34 over his last three games. The sophomore has been terrific for a majority of this season, as Ed Cooley has said on more than one occasion that he believes Cotton is the most improved player in the country, but he’s struggled to find open looks of late.

Casual Hoya: Taking Care Of Business: Hoyas Beat Providence 63-53 For 20th Win Of The Season

There isn’t a ton to take away from this game other than a good team not letting down against a lesser opponent. Say what you will about the turnovers, shooting droughts, and free throw trouble, it has been a pleasure to watch this team have no letdown. In the last few years, we have seen losses to inferior opponents just because Georgetown wasn’t particularly excited about playing defense. Not this year though. The Hoyas go nine deep, and that means that any defensive lapses or mental errors earns one a seat on the bench with someone eager to get minutes.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 63, Providence 53

Efficiency: Georgetown 0.984, Providence 0.828
eFG%: Georgetown 0.533, Providence 0.296
Substitutions: Georgetown 23, Providence 30

2-pt Shot Selection:
Dunks: Georgetown 3-3, Providence 2-2
Layups/Tips: Georgetown 9-16, Providence 6-16
Jumpers: Georgetown 2-12, Providence 2-15

Fast break pts (% FG pts): Georgetown 4 (8.2), Providence 8 (25.0)
Pts (eff.) after steal: Georgetown 3 (150.0), Providence 5 (71.4)
Seconds per poss: Georgetown 17.8, Providence 19.5

The Hoya: GU Defense Shuts Down Providence Again

The Providence men wouldn’t go down as easily, though. Despite a horrendous shooting performance, the hosts hung with the highly favored Hoyas throughout the game, even narrowing the lead to four at one point. For its part, Georgetown allowed the underdogs to hang around by turning the ball over 12 times in the uncharacteristically fast-paced game.


Holy balls, is there a lid on the basket? #pcbb
Kevin O'Brien
@ 23% from the field? I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say their legs are officially dead. #pcbb #pcbbproblems

Georgetown Postgame Press Conference

dave@friarblog —  February 18th, 2012 10:34 PM —  Comments

The Providence Friars lost to the Georgetown Hoyas 63-53 on Saturday night. Here is the post game presser. Cooley goes on by himself at around the 10 minute mark.

Watch live streaming video from providencecollege at

Coleman Has Flu, Could Miss Georgetown Game

dave@friarblog —  February 17th, 2012 9:22 PM —  Comments

According to Brendan McGair of the Woonsocket Call, Gerard Coleman came down with the flu and will be a gametime decision for the Saturday night game against Georgetown.

McGair: Flu big could result in PC’s Coleman missing Georgetown game

Coleman sat out Friday’s practice, the result of a flu bug that leaves the sophomore’s status against the Hoyas very much up in the air.
“Gerard hasn’t felt well all week,” Cooley said. “He’ll be a game-time decision.”

The Fresh Prince of PC

dave@friarblog —  February 17th, 2012 2:34 PM —  Comments

Nerlens Noel is making his visit rounds and is at Kentucky this weekend. To show how much we here at Friarblog care about the big man coming to Providence, I created a song just for him. Please share, retweet, post this wherever you can to get this out there!

The Fresh Prince of PC


(Sung to the tune of the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire)

Now this is a story all about how
A basketball program in Rhody got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute just sit with me
And tell you how I became the prince of a college called PC

In Everett, Mass born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin out, maxin, relaxing all cool,
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school

When a Coach named Cooley tried to recruit me
Said we’re building something special with Dunn and Ricky
They called me nuts and I got lots of abuse
They said I should go to Kentucky or head to the Cuse

I visited lots of crowded arenas, and got lots of love
The decision was going to be tough when push came to shove
I took my time and listened to my gut
Ima create my own legacy and get a team out of a rut

Sorry Jim, Sorry Cal, Sorry JT3
I’m chosing to be a part of Coach Cooley’s family
The team has been bad, but it’s on the rise
I can see it by looking into Big Ed’s eyes

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said FRESH and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab stunk
But I thought naw forget it yo homes to The Dunk!

I walked onto the court of THE DUNK about 7 or 8
The Friars were ranked, it was a packed house it was great
I looked at my kingdom with my family there to see
To sit on my throne as the Prince of PC