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So Kofane said that this was Ricky Ledo in the Instagram post, but it doesn’t really look like him. Plus, he’s wearing Ted Bancroft’s jersey. WTF? Who is this Friar?
The Indianapolis Star: Update on former Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson
Lots of competition for this 2013 guard who excels on the defensive end. If he was planning on playing at Indiana, somewhere like PC seems incredibly different, but we got the Cool Hand.
“I would say he’s shot the ball a lot better than I anticipated,” Smith said. “Everybody knew he was athletic, but his shot from the perimeter has been consistent. I’d like to see him improve his ballhandling, but that’s something we can work on.”
Smith said Villanova offered Patterson a scholarship on Tuesday night. Florida State, Providence, SMU and Xavier have also offered. His family had in-home visit with Xavier on Monday and will have in-home visits this week with Providence (Wednesday) and Florida State (Thursday). SMU coach Larry Brown will be on campus Wednesday to meet with Patterson.
“Some schools are asking if he plans to sign in the fall or spring, Smith said. “That’s something he’ll have to talk about with his family.”
This made me LOL at work today when I sent TheWarriorFriar the Marshon Brooks article on NBA.com. That line was from Keno Davis obviously.
Daniel: they love that kid
Dave: its a great read. lots of PC stuff
Daniel: “nobody can guard you”
Daniel: cause you would know what that looks like right keno?
Ryan Gomes worked out with the Charlotte Bobcats today. Sounds like he will not be joining the team. Yikes, if they don’t want him….
I thought this was really cool actually. I’ve been looking to try to find groups and leagues to play some basketball by where I live, and this may turn out to be a great solution. If there are any Friar fans in Northern Westchester looking to ball, let me know!
With the new-and-improved app, users can set up geo-fence notifications that let them know when they’ve entered the vicinity of a registered pickup game at a nearby park or gym. Users can also join pickup game groups to message other users and RSVP for games as well as view other group member’s RSVPs for a given game and time.
Sekou Smith Blog on NBA.com: FIVE GUYS TO WATCH IN 2012-13
Marshon is sure getting a lot of pub today on NBA.com. If he avoids the sophomore slump I hereby demand that Marshon grows a James Harden like beard.
MarShon Brooks, Brooklyn Nets
Brooks will have the benefit of playing in the shadow of much bigger stars — All-Stars Deron Williams, Joe Johnson in the backcourt alone — while also having a clearly defined role as the Nets’ sixth man. He could be the Eastern Conference’s version of James Harden — a sub capable of taking games over with his scoring when called upon.
Avoiding the sophomore slump should be no problem for this young star in training.
It will be really interesting to see if Vincent Council can get the upper hand again in the matchup with Peyton Siva this season. It’s going to be a tough game on the road in the BIG EAST opener against perhaps the #1 team in the nation. Let’s hope they don’t want blood after the Friars embarrassed them at the Dunk last year. Siva was awful and it looked like he even fouled out of the game on purpose. Of course he got things together for their BIG EAST and NCAA Tourney run.
2. Peyton Siva, Louisville: Siva’s on this list for what he did over the course of nine post-season games last March. For most of the season, Siva was streaky. He would turn the ball over and was prone to taking bad shots. He had just one speed. Then, something seemed to click. Siva became more of a floor leader and he guided Louisville to the Big East Tournament title and then a Final Four appearance. If Siva continues to run the offense with a steady hand, he will be a top candidate for Big East Player of the Year.
When working on the 2013 recruiting board, I saw the Friars had an offer out to a guard named Keith Frazier, but I wasn’t too confident there would be any interest considering I hadn’t heard much lately and he was ranked #19 on ESPN. Well apparently PC is in his list of 8 schools. Recruiting board updated!
Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #11 Expectations for Kadeem Batts
I think Batts will take a step up this year.
As we approach the year, it is unquestioned how much Cooley will be looking to Batts to take that step up and solidify himself as a reliable big man. As mentioned earlier, the supporting cast behind Batts is extremely thin with unproven players like Lee Goldsbrough and Brice Kofane. In the January 10th dismantling of then ranked 15 Louisville, Batts recorded a season high 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Of those 10 boards, 5 came on the offensive end and he was nearly perfect from the line, finishing the night 9 of 10. Perhaps, even more impressive was his shooting efficiency from the field, as he ended the game 9 for 13. Certainly Friar fans aren’t expecting this type of performance out of Batts night in and night out, however this gives us hope. If Batts can model his effort from that game and build on the types of things that he was able to do against Louisville, there is promise for this year.