The Friar Daily 9.3.12

dave@friarblog —  September 3rd, 2012 5:38 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.

calendar2 On Labor Day last year (September 5th), Friar fans got some great news when Ricky Ledo gave his verbal commitment to Ed Cooley. The buzz was insane with Kris Dunn already on board, and Friartown wanted more with dreams of also landing Nerlens Noel. On this Labor Day, Ricky’s status is now up in the air. Can we get some good news regarding Ledo on the same holiday?

notes Classes start tomorrow at Providence College. Sounds like most (if not all, I couldn’t really get a confirmation if Sidiki Johnson was there yet, but by all accounts is expected to be there on time) of the Friar players have arrived safely, and the newest ones are finding out the joys of Ray Cafe.

picture NJCAA Website

The Kiwi Gardner situation at PC was just odd. The school has been extremely quiet regarding any official news about him, and no local media said much about him other than a brief blurb saying Gardner was not likely to return this year. Fans still thought he was on the team, and national publications were even including him in stories about the Friars as late as last week. Apparently he signed on with the JUCO The College of Southern Idaho at some point this summer. Well, it seems that is not going to work out either, as according to the NJCAA website he was released from his LOI. The saga continues…

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H/T FJPavia

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Ed Cooley recently hired a new graduate assistant. He was one of the “numerous adults who has mentored (Nerlens) Noel over the years”, according to that New York Times article about Noel and Driscoll in the spring.

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H/T PC Friar Fan Forum

link New England Recruiting Report: 2014 New England Rankings Announced

The 2014 class has a lot of potential for Ed Cooley, with a huge amount of local talent as compared with 2013. Here are Adam Finkelstein’s latest rankings, with some familiar names since the staff has been hard at work on them already.

New Hampton’s Noah Vonleh is among a handful of players in the country with a legitimate shot at being called the nation’s best in the class of 2014, and so it should come as no surprise that Vonleh is the top ranked prospect in New England’s rising junior class.

Abdul-Malik Abu is currently the nation’s 47th ranked prospect in the ESPN Super 60 following his breakout summer and that status has him sitting as the fourth best prospect in New England.  His grassroots running mate, Jared Terrell, is a spot behind at 5th in New England and 49th in the ESPN 60.

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