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The boys are looking sharp in the official team photo. What I would give to have all 13 of these guys play this season. Come on, Kris Dunn’s shoulder looks FINE. Get him out on the court! Man, Carson Desrosiers is tall. He should also be proud because he is also the tannest white dude, as an astute person tweets.
Rodney Bullock was on his official visit today. According to Steve Hartnett on Twitter, assistant coach Andre LaFleur was the lead recruiter. Of course it had to be a crappy rainy day.
2013 Combo guard Rene Castro was rumored to visit campus this afternoon for an unofficial. Castro, who plays at Worcester Academy, has seen his stock fall over the last year after seeing big interest from such teams as Pitt this past spring. I’ve heard George Washington is one of the leaders, and he has a lot of offers from other A-10 schools. Providence has not offered as of yet from what I understand.
New England Recruiting Report: Prep Profile – Kimball Union Academy
Nice profile of Abdul Malik Abu’s team Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of those playmaking skills is likely to be Abu. While he projects as a four-man at the college level with his improved skill set, there may not be another big man in all of class AA that can match his power and explosiveness inside the paint.
GOD SHAMMGOD IS COMING BACK TO THE FRIARS! Danny McNamara tweeted he will join the team as an undergrad advisor while he finishes up his degree. I fully expect Ted “White Lightning” Bancroft to have an amazing crossover by mid-December.
Marshon will be making another appearance near the Barclay’s Center from 3-4 on Saturday. Gotta go to Mo’s.
2013 Friar targets of note taking visits elsewhere: Ron Patterson will be at Xavier this weekend. It was reported this morning that Noah Vonleh was going to take an unofficial to Boston College (the horror!), but that apparently was a lie. Point guard Frank Mason (who is probably a longshot at this point) will be at Kansas. Center Chinoso Okoboh will be at Villanova, but I haven’t been able to find anything recent linking him to the Friars.
Midnight Madness is exactly TWO WEEKS away. Assistant coach Mike Jackson wants students to overflow the place. That doesn’t sound very safe according to maximum occupancy laws, but let’s do it! Just don’t trample any possible recruits.
I know Ricky Ledo bounced around to many high schools, but spending time at Notre Dame Prep probably didn’t help his situation at all. Sounds like coach Ryan Hurd has a potentially messy situation on his hands. Based on his dealings with the whole Ledo situation (remember that rumor saying he tried to get him to go to Pitt, and the whole taking over of his announcment?), none of this is surprising.
PC had some great players in the past come from ND Prep: Ryan Gomes and Marcus Douthit had obviously fantastic careers as Friars. Lately though? Greedy Peterson (yeah he put up numbers, but consider how he left), Ron Giplaye, and the upstanding citizen that was Johnnie Lacy all played there. Ledo will certainly help change that trend.
The NCAA is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Notre Dame Preparatory School just weeks after declaring two Class of 2012 basketball recruits from the school academically ineligible to play college ball this year, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
Some former players said academics at the school were rudimentary at best and there was a belief that simply showing up for class was enough to earn an A. The goal, some players believed, was simply to raise star players’ grade point averages to gain NCAA initial eligibility.
Note the “Similar to Friarblog” section. What does this say about the way I tweet? Am I girly or something?
YouTube: Friar Dom 007
Friar Dom is making it rain on campus, with free t-shirts.
Sad to hear about Mike Marra, a Rhode Island native on Slick Rick’s Louisville squad. He came in as a fantastic long range shooter, but just never found consistency and was hampered by injuries. Sounds like his career is over.
Louisville senior Mike Marra’s season is over and quite likely his career is, too, after the guard re-tore the ACL in his left knee during practice Friday, coach Rick Pitino told WHAS 840-AM radio.
It’s the same injury that sidelined Marra for all but two games during the Cardinals’ run to the Final Four last season.
“An unfortunate thing happened today,” Pitino told the radio station. “We’ve been working Mike Marra out individually for the past two months and he’d passed all the tests. Literally in the first 10 minutes of practice, he blew out the same knee with an ACL.”