The Friar Daily 9.21.12

dave@friarblog —  September 21st, 2012 9:53 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 Kevin Love Instagram

Look at our Doris, hanging out with Kevin Love and Magic.


link Rant Sports: Big East Player to Watch: LaDontae Henton (Providence)

Ryan Gomes freshman year: 13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
LaDontae Henton freshman year: 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Ryan Gomes sophomore year: 18.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg
LaDontae Henton sophomore year: ???

And remember, Henton is already a surprisingly good three point shooter. Ryan Gomes didn’t make a three until his All-American junior year!

Henton also has a nose for the ball. Especially on the glass, he simply knows where to be, a skill that cannot be taught. The fact that he is the Big East’s No. 3 returning rebounder can at least partially be attributed to his understanding of location — the rest, obviously, to his ability to gain position.

And then there’s his smoothness and versatility on offense. Whether he’s down low, on the go, or pulling up from mid-range or deep, Henton is a threat to score. He can even make things happen with the ball in his hands in transition. With his size and versatility, Henton will be the benefactor of many a mismatch. And that trend will only become more prevalent in his game as he hones his already impressive skill set.

notes Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith is on an official to Dayton this weekend. Hey LaDontae, can you tell him why PC is a better fit? Buckets was a one time Dayton Flyers commit. No other visits are set yet for the 2013 PG.

notes I was browsing around Twitter, and came across someone’s profile that had Keno Davis as a “similar user” to the one I was viewing. Interested to see what the former “coach” of the Friars had to say on Twitter, I clicked his profile. Apparently I couldn’t view it because he BLOCKED ME. I made this joke on Twitter tonight, but it bears repeating. So he blocked me? First ounce of defense we’ve seen from him in 4 years!

link Nets Daily: Nets Shop Opens at Arena Monday

Marshon will be signing autographs at the new Nets Shop on Monday. I’ll look past the fact that Starbucks is a committed retailer at the Barclay’s Center. Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. D&D 4 life.

They won’t have any uniforms to sell yet, but Brook Lopez and MarShon Brooks, along with Brett Yormark, Irina Pavlova, Bruce Ratner, and Adidas’ Chris Grancio will cut the next ribbon at Barclays Center Monday, the opening of the Nets Shop. The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. The entrance to the street-accessible team store is located on Flatbush Avenue.

Lopez and Brooks will be signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Nets Shop is the first of several retail outlets that will make up The Shops at Barclays Center. The committed retailers include Starbucks, Rocawear, MetroPCS, and Elbow Room, some of which begin opening next week.

notes Ron Patterson (2013 guard) is getting a lot of looks this week. Florida State had an at-home visit yesterday, and now Boston College has interest as well. I still think it’s going to take a lot for him to come out east, but I’d like to think Cooley can edge out his old squad here. Traitors.

picture Jerry Weinstein Tweet

Now that is a debate I would like to watch.


notes URI is in on some of the same players Cooley is gunning for in 2013 (Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews), but looks like Danny Hurley could potentially have another big man for this season. Ifeanyi Onyekaba, a 6-8 240 lb. forward from Nigera, enrolled at URI today and is currently trying to get eligible. PC plays the Rams on December 6th at the Dunk, and the Friars are going to be thin at the forward position. It’s the last game of the 1st semester, meaning they would only have forwards Kadeem Batts, Brice Kofane, and Lee Goldsbrough. Sidiki Johnson can start playing after the semester break on December 18th against Colgate.

twitter-bird-white-on-blue Tweet Friars Ticket Office Tweet

For you season ticket holders.

Season ticket holders! Print-at-home is now an option for your single game pre-sale. #pcbb #gofriars
Friars Ticket Office

notes Someone on Twitter mentioned something about the possibility of “LaDontae’s Inferno” T-shirts. I’m very interested.

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