Dr. Dre’s Detox album. Half-Life 3. Sin City 2. These are just a few of the sequels that will probably never come to pass. But after much delay, part two of Transfer Talk will (thankfully) not be in the company of these mythos.
A lot has happened since part one. Bryce Cotton was rumored to be leaving the Friars thanks to some dumb-dumb with a keyboard. Then we supposedly lost Lee Goldsbrough. Then a potential transfer committed to Maryland. Then we lost out on Orlando Sanchez to St. John’s. Then I managed to cause uproar over the title of an article (and in the process wrote one of the most successful articles in the history of both Scout Friars and my budding journalism career). But that’s all in the past because reinforcements are on the way and here, now, in part two, we’re talking about them!
Ian Baker, PG
Freshman in the 2012 class, committed to Providence
The Overview: Ian Baker is an interesting addition for the Friars, and I say that for a couple reasons. Originally Baker was a target of the Friars before they picked up McDonald’s A.A. Kris Dunn, resulting in Baker to commit to South Carolina. When South Carolina made a coaching change, Baker decommitted and the Friars were back on the trail for Baker because many believed (at the time) that Vincent Council was leaving for Europe and we’d need to compensate depth for the loss of the senior general. With Council still in fold and Baker still coming, the Friars are adding essentially a third point guard to the roster.
That said, this move is great on Ed Cooley’s part. Adding a third point guard does a couple of things for the roster. It allows us to run a very fast offensive backcourt without as much worry for fatigue because the additional depth at the point allows longer rest in games and, over time, will keep the team from being exhausted – much like what we went through this past season. Secondly, it will hold guards accountable for their actions on court. Last season we saw mistakes being made but nothing could be done in terms of in game accountability because we had no depth to help send a message. With the addition of Baker accountability in game becomes a reality. And lastly it allows flexability in positions on the court. Baker allows Dunn to move to the two at times and Ledo to move to the three without compromising depth at the PG. Where does this lead us back to? Say it with me – rest and accountability!
Carson Desrosiers, C
Transfer from Wake Forest, 2 years eligibility, committed to Providence
The Overview: Carson Desrosiers is a 7 ft center. Sold.
Seriously though, this is a great transfer pick up. In 2010-2011 Desrosiers had the most blocks in a single season since 1994 (and second most blocks for a freshman in school history, falling behind a young player by the name of Tim Duncan). In two seasons he tied for 11th most blocked shots in Wake Forest history. He was the 64th overall high school prospect according to ESPN (5th best center) and 41st overall by Scout (9th best center). He’s someone who can open up the paint and, more importantly, he’s a desperately needed piece for the front court. The best part? He wants to be a Friar! On Twitter he was all
And so I was all
And it was excellent.
Matt Willms, C
Freshman in the 2012 class, not yet committed
The Overview: Matt Willms, although currently uncommitted, would be a perfect cap to the 2012 class for several reasons. First, he’s a big man the Friars desperately need for next year (Desrosiers won’t be eligible to play in 2012-2013 due to transfer rules). Second, he not only has a basketball background, but a hockey one as well. “But Warrior, Leaman isn’t recruiting him, Cooley is!” Correct, but if you’re unfamiliar with the game of hockey they tend to knock each other around on the ice. A lot. A hockey background says what? This kid is a bruiser who won’t be afraid of tussling in the paint with other big men, something the Friars need. Third, he’s a gym rat. Reports say this kid lives in the gym and is constantly at work, the same way Sharaud Curry, Bryce Cotton, and Ryan Gomes would get at it to improve their games. That alone is enough to sell me.
Much like the upside with Baker, consider the following: we now have two frontcourt players in practice who will push other frontcourt players to improve. Ed Cooley respects the guys who want to play at Providence and will go above and beyond to improve their game and contribute to the team. Willms’ ethic could spark a reaction in upperclassmen frontcourt players (looking at you Kofane) where they’re pushing themselves more because their minutes are being threatened by a player who’s willing to put in the extra work. Everyone improves from that. The Friars thereby improve in the frontcourt. This is possibly the best part of adding a player like Willms (and pretty much everyone else mentioned in this article) is that they’re going to work their asses off and push the players we already have to nut up or shut up, causing a rapid improvement in the team if all goes according to plan. This addition could mean improvement not only because of the talent we bring in, but what that talent does to the motor for the rest of the team. Here’s hoping that Matt Willms decides to commit to the Friars!