The Friar Daily 8.24.12

dave@friarblog —  August 24th, 2012 9:29 PM —  Comments
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All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

I guess today was better than a day hearing absolutely nothing regarding Ledo’s status.

link Providence Journal: Ledo meets with NCAA on eligibility issues

If they are going to take this long, I guess it’s good they are least regularly meeting with Ledo to be able to make the most informed decision. Logic!

The NCAA recently spoke with Providence College recruit Ricky Ledo about his quest to gain eligibility for the coming school year.

Ledo told the Providence Journal Friday that he had his first conversations with NCAA representatives earlier this month. He refused to discuss the line of questioning but said “I think it helped. I’m just hopeful everything works out and I can get to go to Providence.”

John Infante (who runs the Bylaw Blog for the NCAA and is an NCAA expert for Athnet), tweeted that meeting like this are very rare for academic cases, and that they are likely working on a waiver now.

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He confirms that the Josh Brown visit took place today with Coach Cooely and Andre LaFleur. Eddie Bright, who accompanied Brown on the visit, is the GM/President of the Sports U AAU program.

linkESPN: PSU, PC real options for Brown? (Insider)

Not much new here relating to what was posted here yesterday, other than an interesting opinion by the author on why Brown would pick the Friars.

While the Owls, a program Brown previously committed to, remain in good standing, and URI could certainly benefit from some backcourt help (Mike Powell is the only true point guard on the roster), we find it strange both PC and PSU remain finalists for Brown.

However, it could be since they think Vincent Council will be here next year. Let’s hope they don’t have precogs that are forseeing some sort of medical redshirt in his future. PC has suffered through enough and the season hasn’t even started. I think there is plenty need for a PG, especially one who can excel on the defensive end.

Similarly at Providence, Vincent Council will be a senior next season, so at first glance, Brown’s addition of PC makes sense. Add the recent decommitment of Ian Baker, and coach Ed Cooley needs some backcourt depth. However, even if Kris Dunn misses significant time, a possible commitment from Brown could create a logjam at PG. Standing 5-foot-11, Brown cannot realistically play off the ball, and though PC could go small (with a backcourt of both Brown and Dunn), it would be interesting to see how Cooley structures his lineup with two points.

link ESPN: 50 in 50: Conference breakdowns

So the Friars didn’t make the top 50 teams from over the past 50 years. They did release a full breakdown of the rest of the teams, and Providence comes in at a cool 66. If there was an NCAA Tournament that took into consideration the last 50 years, we’d totally be playing a First Four game! Unless they didn’t use current rules. With 2001-2010 rules, PC would painfully miss by 1. Hey, at least we are way better than Rutgers.

Big East
6. Louisville
8. Syracuse
9. Connecticut
12. Georgetown
16. Villanova
17. Marquette
24. Cincinnati
29. Notre Dame
T-40. St. John’s
45. DePaul
58. Pittsburgh
66. Providence
116. Seton Hall
T-126. Rutgers
T-229. South Florida

youtube The Basketball Diary: NIKE PRO CITY Uptowners Vs Primetime Full Game Video

This game was played August 2nd, and our own Brice Kofane plays. He is number 24 on the blue team. Oh, and if you happen follow him on Twitter, please @ him and say that @friarblog is hurt you blocked him.

linkFriar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #18 Importance of Starting Strong in Conference

I had forgotten how bad the start was in the BIG EAST during Gomes’ senior season. Guess I had almost successfully blocked it from my memory. Thanks Kevin.

This isn’t to say Providence fans should go into a state of panic should they open conference play with a pair of losses, but recent history shows they haven’t been able to recover when losing their first couple in the Big East.  The depth of the conference makes it very difficult to dig out of an early hole.

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