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Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith was on campus today for an unofficial visit. The 2013 PG is now ranked #121 in Rivals and has seen his stock rise over the past year. He’s had interest in Providence since last year (although not sure where Cooley’s interest was), but now the big boys are starting to come out after only having low major interest initially. With the Friars losing out on Josh Brown (see below), looks like Scoochie would be another solid guard addition.
As he started to project as a big point who could create as well as shoot the 3, Smith started to appeal to higher level schools, and while he’s happy to get the opportunity to prove he could play the point, he isn’t the type to spend too much time worrying about what position he’ll play at the next level.
“Hopefully I’ll be playing on the ball, but again, it’s whatever the team needs,” he said. “If they need me off that ball I’m fine with that.”
On the recruiting front, Smith claims offers from Illinois, Dayton, Rhode Island, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Drexel along with a long list of other mid-major programs.
Syracuse, Providence, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Indiana are all showing additional interest and Smith is expecting to unofficially visit Syracuse on Tuesday.
GoLocalProv: Temple 2, Providence 0
Yeah, I’m really starting to dislike Temple. Like on a Villanova hating Temple level. And they are not even in the BIG EAST yet! Next year’s in conference battle is going to be interesting (although at least we won’t have to see Jake O’Brien).
Brown is choosing Temple to honor the memory of his late mother. She attended Temple and died before Brown turned 2 years old.
Brown thanked PC’s Ed Cooley, URI’s Dan Hurley and Penn State’s Pat Chambers for recruiting him. He also thanked his high school coach – Dan Hurley – the father of URI’s new head coach.
Finally a little closure on this subject. I think we knew he wasn’t coming, but info on Baker has been hard to come by lately. Hope he has a fast recovery and can get back on the court soon.
The Friars are starting to arrive in Providence. Josh Fortune is there, and the locker room has been updated. I wonder if there is a Ricky Ledo pic yet? Fortune will try to bring back respect to the Friars #4 uniform after Dre Evans pooped on it following the many years of Sharaud Curry.
Sports Illustrated: Big East Summer Roundup: Louisville, Syracuse in title chase
Depressing “story highlight” on the right hand side of the story: “Bad luck has tarnished an impressive recruiting haul for Ed Cooley, Providence”.
Yeah, tell me about it.
The Friars’ top-10 class was headlined by hometown signee Ricardo Ledo, a dangerous 6-6 perimeter scorer. But Ledo, who attended four high schools in five years, remains in NCAA eligibility purgatory, even meeting with officials last week. McDonald’s All-American Kris Dunn, arguably the 2012 class’s top point guard prospect, found out in June that he tore the labrum in his right shoulder in March, requiring surgery that will likely keep him sidelined until midseason and could mean redshirting. The same fate may await three-star point guard recruit Ian Baker, who tore an ACL during an open gym this summer. This was shaping up to be an exciting fall in Providence, but now it will be interesting to see when (or for that matter, whether) this vaunted class comes to fruition.
Rant Sports: 2013 Power Forward Jordan Mickey Has a Top Five
Cooley was in on this top recruit early, but looks like PC is already out before he starts his senior year of HS.
Mickey, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has a top five, and in addition to SMU, Ohio State, LSU, Oklahoma State and Arkansas also remain in the running.
The Basketball Diary: 2012 NIKE PRO CITY Semifinals | The Franchise Vs Uptowners + Overtime
Geoff McDermott versus Kadeem Batts! Played on August 7th. McDermott is number 15 on the yellow team, and Batts is #33 on blue.
Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #17 Cotton as PC’s Momentum Changer
An article about Bryce Cotton, and not one mention of the nickname ICE. Looks like I still have work to do. Anways, Kevin takes a look at comparing Cotton to good ‘ol Donnie McGrath.
Last season I made the case that Bryce Cotton’s sophomore season compared favorably to that of former Friar Donnie McGrath. McGrath was a four year starter at Providence, one who came here with much fanfare as a top 100 prospect out of the Westchester County of New York and graduated the Friars’ all-time leader in minute played, games started and three point field goals made (274).
While McGrath may not be remembered as one of the elite players in Providence history, he’s one of the more respected guards to play here in recent seasons. Any Friar fan would have gladly accepted it if they had been told that Cotton could put up numbers that rivaled those of McGrath’s.
Bleacher Report: Fast 25: The 25 Quickest Guys in College Basketball
Assuming Ledo can play, which is just an assumption for now, he is one of the best scoring prospects in the 2012 class. And a big reason for that is his quickness off the dribble and ability to slash the lane against almost anyone.