The Friar Daily 9.17.12

dave@friarblog —  September 17th, 2012 9:15 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

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

I’m not sure what the team was doing this weekend to get all spruced up together, but this picture is pretty awesome. Council with the three-point… monocle?  Check out Ricky back there (he’s still here!!). Ice Cotton looks like the assassin he is out on the court when his three is falling.


youtube YouTube: Abdul Malik Abu Workout

Abdul Malik Abu has to be near the top of the list for highly ranked yet attainable 2014 targets for Ed Cooley and the Friars. Cooley made a trip up to Boston last week to see the talented forward. What did he see? Probably something like this – Here is a workout video of him from Hoop Dreams Magazine. I prefer the Shake Weight to hone all of my general physical skills, but this seems like a perfectly fine workout for basketball reasons.

notes Only 25 more days until Late Night Madness. Hopefully there will be many visitors from the talented and local bunch of 2014 kids Providence is targeting. Or would you rather see some of the 2013′s that will fill out the roster next year?

link Providence Alumni: New York Sports Night

This is on the day before this year’s BIG EAST Media Day in NYC. Should be a fun night at the typical Friar event bar in New York, PJ Clarke’s. I am definitely going to try to make this, as I am a big fan of heavy appetizers. Anyone else planning on going?

Date: 10/16/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson
4 World Financial Center #250

Please join Athletic Director Bob Driscoll along with head men’s basketball coach, Ed Cooley, new head women’s basketball coach, Susan Robinson Fruchtl, head men’s ice hockey coach Nate Leaman, head women’s ice hockey coach, Bob Deraney and new lacrosse head coach Chris Gabrielli as we kick-off another exciting year in Friartown!

Guests will have the opportunity to hear about all the latest news in Friar Athletics!
Tickets are $25 per person. Heavy appetizers and soft drinks will be provided.

notes The 2013 Recruiting Board got a minor update over the weekend. Dayshon Smith got an offer from Penn State, marking his 3rd from a high major (PC, Illinois). There are still a lot of big schools interested so this list will likely grow very soon.

link Rant Sports: Big East Player to Watch: Vincent Council (Providence)

Risky passes, or passes that are awesome but just can’t be handled but some of his past teammates?

Things could get interesting when Dunn returns to the lineup, especially if one of the class of 2012′s top point guards is fully recovered from shoulder surgery. In high school, Dunn was characterized as a combo guard, so he and Council can switch off at the one and two. Both players will benefit from splitting ball handling duties, as both are prone to risky passes.

notes Jon Rothstein tweeted that Josh Fortune needs to get 15-20 minutes a game and produce now that Ricky Ledo is out. The last few shooting guards that came through PC as freshman? Bryce Cotton averaged 15.3 mpg / 4.0 ppg, and shot only 14-54 from 3 (25.9%). Duke Mondy got 13.5 minutes and scored only 3.4 points per game. Brian McKenzie, 15.2 minutes and 3.7 points. Weyinmi Efejuku played a lot of big minutes out of roster need, and scored 7.8 ppg but wasn’t quite the long range threat yet. His overall career at PC didn’t pan out the way Friartown would have liked, but a season like Dwain Williams’ freshman year in 06-07 would be the best to hope for. Dwain played 20.9 minutes per game and scored a solid 7.5 ppg thanks to spectacular shooting from downtown (37-84, 44%).

link Rush the Court: Delving Into The Competitive Structure Of The New Big East

Time to get out of “the rest” while we have the chance.

That arbitrary structure will undergo a massive revamping in the coming years, and while it’s difficult to predict how the newcomers will take to their new company, I’ve come up with a completely invented and wholly fickle structuring of the nouveau-Big East. This, I remind you, is entirely subjective, and should be taken as nothing more than an opinion-based ordering of basketball programs. What follows, then, is my most modest effort to try and make sense of a new, bizarre Big East conference.

  • Elite: Louisville, Georgetown, UConn
  • Challengers: Villanova, Marquette, Temple, Memphis, Cincinnati
  • The rest: UCF, South Florida, Providence, DePaul, Rutgers, SMU, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Houston

notes Some ratings are starting to come out for the upcoming game NBA2K13. Marshon Brooks is coming it at 73 overall. Last year he was rated a 67 when first added to the popular series after signing his first contract.

picture Yahoo: New Brooklyn Nets Barclay’s Court Photos

Marshon will be dropping some points on this floor.


link GoLocalProv: John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud

John Rooke with a lot of thoughts on Notre Dame’s move last week, including a nice shot at Billy Packer!

Not for nuthin’…but if there were ever a time for the Big East’s smaller, Catholic schools to band together and scream “enough!” it might be now. They’re feeling the ND departure more than anyone else, because they simply enjoyed the rivalry. To thine own self, be true…

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