The Friar Daily 9.20.12

dave@friarblog —  September 20th, 2012 8:59 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 Ricky Ledo Instagram

Look at that form. Next year. *Deep breath*.


link Severe, Martin to Visit Rhode Island Friday (UPDATED)

Hassan Martin, 2013 forward, has Providence in his final 3 according to his AAU coach. Iowa State was nixed apparently. He is visiting URI this weekend, but not sure why he wouldn’t also hit up PC. Lots of recruiting battles going on between Cooley and Hurley! They both are also in the mix for 2013 guard E.C. Matthews.

Martin is a 6-7, 190-pound power forward from Curtis on Staten Island who visited Rhode Island unofficially in June.

“I think he’s down to Rhode Island, Providence and St. Joe’s,” said Chris Alesi, Martin’s AAU coach with New Heights.

Alesi said “he’s going to be a kid that has a chance to be a high-impact player depending on where he goes. He’s got the potential to be a wing down the road. He’s skinny but real, real athletic. He’s a real big-time athlete.”

notes Got confirmation that Coach Cooley was in Indy yesterday meeting with 2013 guard Ron Patterson’s parents. Not sure how it went yet, but I bet the rents want him to come east!

notes Ed Cooley and assistant coach Brian Blaney went to Putnam Science in Connecticut for their open gym to watch 2013 PG Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith.

link Big East basketball lists: The series turns to this year’s Top 5 freshmen

Sigh. The buzz would have been great with all the preseason awards, even though they don’t really mean much in the end. I still think Dunn will end up in the Top 5 at the end of the year, even if he has to shake off the rust for the first few games.

This year, the Big East will bring in a bumper crop of highly-regarded freshmen. Ricardo Ledo would have been the likely preseason pick for Rookie of the Year, but the NCAA has ruled the Providence freshman ineligible for this season. Likewise, Providence freshman Kris Dunn has an injured shoulder and is out until at least December. Other freshmen who were considered, but didn’t quite make the Top 5 include Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiano, Cincinnati’s Shaquille Thomas and Marquette’s Steve Taylor.

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I would have made him go left!

Kris Dunn just pulled an imaginary behind-the-back into a spin move around a freshman getting coffee straight to the pull-up J at Ray #PCBB
Tom Koch

link ESPN College Nation Blog: TV gig helped CMU’s Keno Davis evolve

On offense, Davis said, they’ll move players around the court so they’re difficult to defend.

“We’re going to get up and down, we’re going to run,” Davis said. “We’re going to be tough for defenses to prepare against, because we’re going to spread the court. … We’ve got to be able to be a tough team defensively.”


youtube YouTube: 2012 Reebok Showdown | Expressions Elite Vs Grassroots Canada

Shifting gears to 2014, here is a full game with Abdul Malik-Abu playing in it from July 14th. He’s number #0 on Expressions Elite Roster (White jerseys)

link South Orange Juice: Aquille Carr May Avoid Charges, Lacing Up At The Hall In Question

Well I guess 1/2 of the Kiwi Gardner / Aquille Carr party might be able to play in the BIG EAST afterall.

It is important to note that the charges have not been dropped yet, nor has the program been completed — some media outlets with clout can’t seem to grasp this concept. The entire situation hinges upon the ability of Carr to complete the 22-week period of weekly sessions which approximately last ninety minutes. If Carr fails to complete this seemingly arduous program, the prosecution has the option of reinstating the charges.

notes Came across a URI blog today called Rhody Hoops Nation. Check them out. I forsee a nice blogger Q&A opportunity for our annual games. In the post about E.C Matthews, it mentions all the schools involved, “including the hated PC”. Oh it’s on!

picture Bad Marvin’s Time Machine Tumblr

Oh yeah.


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  1. Daniel James says:

    “included the hated PC”

    and after i included them in the “schools we have a love affair list” on friar-ology…

    1. friarblog says:

      They will learn!