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Campus for 9/11. Remembering those lives lost, including those beloved ones from PC.
GoLocalProv: Things Are Looking Up At PC
I’ve heard the students are a little upset about the Ricky Ledo situation, to the point where apathy could be a problem. Chin up students! Season tickets are actually up, so follow the lead of the rest of Friartown!
Driscoll also told GoLocalProv.com that season ticket sales for men’s basketball have gone well and, despite the economy, the season ticket base is stronger than it was a year ago. “At last check we were probably about 400 up from last year and that includes attrition,” he said.
There is little doubt that the excitement of this year’s recruiting class which included McDonald’s All-American’s Kris Dunn and Ricky Ledo energized the fan base. And, even though neither will be on the floor to start the season, Dunn is expected to play sometime this winter while Ledo has pledged his commitment to PC after he was ruled not eligible to play his freshman year. Ledo first told GoLocalProv.com of his intention to stay at PC for 2 years, a commitment he confirmed in a statement released by the school last week.
Former Friar Marcus Douthit is now on Twitter. He plays in the Phillapines these days, and doesn’t want to leave for a chance at more money. The big man is 2nd all time in blocks at Providence College, only behind Marvin Barnes. You can see a list of other Friar alumni on Twitter here.
Speaking of Marvin Barnes. His Twitter alter ego @Bad_Marvin created a Tumblr page. Check it out!
Welsh joined Post-Standard basketball writer Mike Waters for a discussion on several hot topics in college basketball, including the status of Providence freshman Ricky Ledo, the uncertainty regarding Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and Syracuse’s prospects as the Orange prepares for its final season in the Big East.
I was going through the BIG EAST 2012-2013 Preview packet, and it said Vincent “40MPG” Council was the return career leader for conference games in total points, scoring average, assists, assists average, steals, and steals average.
The Cowl: Basketball Preview: Freshman Edition
Also known as, the class that once was…
Fortune is an upgrade from Coleman with long range shots. He will also be able to take his man off the dribble, get into the lane, and create scoring opportunities for himself and others. The first thing you notice about Fortune when you see him play is his length. His long arms make it easy for him to jump passing lanes and be a solid on-ball defender. Although he is a do-it-all type of player, he is someone that at times seems overlooked by most evaluating the Friars for the 2012-2013 season. Fortune can play, and there is no denying his offensive prowess. He will be one of the better bench players the Friars have had in a long time.
Thinking ahead to 2015, this guy already has offers from PC, UMass, and Lehigh.
Friar Basketball: Learning More about EC Matthews
PC staff was in Michigan to see EC Matthews, a 2013 guard. Kevin over at Friar Basketball dug up some stuff on him.
It looks as though Iowa will provide heavy competition for the Friars. Dylan noted that Matthews officially visited the Hawkeyes this past weekend. Matthews returned on Sunday and Iowa head man Fran McCaffrey showed up later on that day for an in-home visit.
Clearly, he’s a priority for Iowa, but Dylan believes Providence’s success with Henton could be a selling point, “It seems like a case of two schools trying to establish a pipeline in Michigan with a really successful current player from Michigan – Henton at Providence and Roy Marble at Iowa.”