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Lot’s of recruiting action today as the September contact period is kicked off. You can scratch off Brandon Austin off the list, as Adam Zagoria tweeted that he was no longer considering PC. The Providence coaching staff was hard at work all over the country. Kevin McNamara reported that some staff were in Michigan to see 2014 shooting guard E.C. Matthews (ESPN #85, Rivals #92). The Putnam Science Academy (where Dayshon Smith plays) Twitter account also mentioned that someone from Providence was there to see their 4 on 4 scrimmage action. Ed Cooley? He’s in Nashville, Tennessee trying to reel in a highly touted recruit.
Jalen Lindsey is a 2014 6’7″ SF ranked #16 in the 2014 class by ESPN.
ESPN: 3-Point Shot
20 BIG EAST conference games. Man, I won’t mind the Friars playing the Bryant’s and NJIT’s if this was the case. I guess this just gives us more of an opportunity to beat UConn, which I’m all for. All I ask is for TV coverage in NY for all of these games.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said that he wants to continue the Syracuse series after the Orange move to the ACC in 2013. Thompson couldn’t say when it will resume but he is confident it will happen. He did say the tough decision for the Hoyas and other Big East schools will be how to handle nonconference games when the Big East likely goes to 20 conference games in 2013-14 when there are 18 league members. Thompson said he expects the league to move to 20 games and that means schools like Georgetown will have to decide does it participate in a neutral site event or two, or choose a home-and-home series. A Syracuse nonconference game would fall in the latter category.
Council, Cotton, Henton, Batts. Those four are going to be getting the majority of playing time in out of conference play before a couple of reinforcements come in 2nd semester. Josh Fortune is sure to get his fare share of minutes out of the gate as the ONLY back up scholarship guard, but if PC wants to play big Brice Kofane and Lee Goldsbrough will see major minutes. I hope they are both starting their endurance training. Kofane played more than 20 minutes 7 times last season, and Goldy has played double-digit minutes just 9 times in his first two seasons.
Life & Times: Marshon Brooks: No Sleep Till Brooklyn
A nice interview with Marshon about the upcoming season in Brooklyn.
L+ T: Are you ready for the expectations that come with playing in the Big Apple? All the cheers and jeers?
Brooks: Yeah, I think we have a great team on paper, so as long as we come out and play hard, I think everything will fall in place. We have a chance to really make some noise. Brooklyn is excited about the entire situation with the team. I’m in Brooklyn a little bit throughout the week and I see the Brooklyn [Nets] apparel everywhere, so it’s just exciting.