Friartown News and Notes 10.1.12

dave@friarblog —  October 1st, 2012 9:26 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

October, and the month where practice officially kicks off is finally here. September is gone, and so is the “Friar Daily” name. Welcome to Friartown News and Notes. Do you have a cool pic with you and your Friar gear, or anything PC basketball related? Email it to and get it featured here!

picture DannyALovi Tweet

The Brooklyn Nets had their Media Day today, and I came across this image of Marshon. Can you blame him for posing like this? It’s the only tactic Keno Davis taught him on defense in three years, and must be hard habit to break. It’s called the scarecrow!


notes Rodney Bullock tweeted this weekend that he had an “amazing” time at his visit. Good work Mr. Fortune. I never saw anything official online saying there was an offer out, but Bullock did confirm to me that he holds an offer from Providence.

notes Brandon Austin, a 6-6 F in the class of 2013, visited PC last month. Right afterwards, Zagsblog reported that Provdience was no longer involved in his recruitment. However, Steve Hartnett tweeted tonight that PC was now a “serious contender”. 2013 is now heating up, with Austin, Bullock, and now Bo Zeigler all in the mix.

link Late Night Madness To Occur In Renovated Mullaney Gym On October 12

I’m sure the students will behave and not spill any of the smuggled in alcohol all over the nice renovated things. This is why we can’t have nice things!

The Providence College men’s and women’s basketball teams will open the season with the traditional Late Night Madness festivities beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12 in the newly renovated Mullaney Gymnasium on the Providence College campus. It will mark the first basketball event in the renovated Mullaney Gym.

Second-year Friar Head Coach Ed Cooley and his squad will be introduced to the public at 10:00 p.m. Doors to the event will open at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and fans attending will receive a 2012 Providence College Late Night Madness t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

notes I just realized something that doesn’t terrify me as much as it should based on how it sounds. Keno Davis was responsible for bringing in all of our guards that will be playing in the first semester. Vincent Council was part of Keno’s first recruiting class after taking over in 2008, and Bryce Cotton announced he was joining the Friars a month before school started two years ago. Even though Josh Fortune is a freshman this year, he gave a verbal to Keno back in August of 2010, and decided to stay on when Ed Cooley took over the program.

link North Star Basketball: 13 Players Who Just Missed the 2013 Top 150

PC is involved with a bunch of these players, including Brown, Castro, Tate, and Patterson.

Since it is the 2013 class, below are the first 13 players out of the Post-Summer Top 150. These are a baker’s dozen of guys to keep in mind who could push to be included in the final 2013 class rankings next spring. Take a look at them below, in alphabetical order.

Name, Position, Height, High School (State), College
- Jaylen Brantley, PG, 5’10, Notre Dame Prep (MA), uncommitted
- Amida Brimah, C, 6’11, Monsignor Pace (FL), uncommitted
- Sterling Brown, SF, 6’4, Proviso East (IL), uncommitted
- Rene Castro, SG, 6’2, Worcester Academy (MA), uncommitted
- Youssoupha Kane, C, 6’11, Word of God Christian Academy (NC), uncommitted
- Mike Kobani, PF, 6’7, Caldwell Academy (NC), uncommitted
- Isaiah Lewis, SG, 6’3, The Patrick School (NJ), uncommitted
- Jonathan Milligan, PG, 6’2, Word of God Christian Academy (NC), uncommitted
- Ron Patterson, SG, 6’3, Brewster Academy (NH), uncommitted
- IJ Ready, PG, 5’10, Parkview (AR), Mississippi State
- Jaylon Tate, PG, 6’2, Simeon (IL), uncommitted
- Darien Williams, PF, 6’7, St. John Bosco (CA), uncommitted
- Isaiah Watkins, PF, 6’8, St. Benedict’s (NJ), Duquesne

notes I don’t know what Kiwi Gardner’s dreams are, but if they are to someday play against Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame, the dream isn’t completely dead! Roger Bohn tweeted that Maryland has expressed interest in our one time Friar. I’m not quite sure where Kiwi is playing this year. Even the Kiwi Translator can’t find him.

link Brooklyn Nets Store

The new gear is now online. You can make your own Marshon jersey. Here is one at the new store at the Barclay’s Center. Hmm, black or white one?


twitter-bird-white-on-blue Nate Leaman Tweet

The hockey coach is giving Cooley some love.

Men's BB vision team outing @ Newport CC today. Coach Cooley is doing special things. Get onboard. #gofriars
Nate Leaman

notes Dayshon Smith was the MVP of the senior game this weekend in the All-City Classic between New York and Philadelphia, in which NY won 112-109. At least NY beat Philly in something this weekend.

notes SMU is apparently getting really interested in 2013 guard Ron Patteron. They want to him to visit in October.

link Republican-American: Palladino: Will Gomes get another shot at NBA?

Gomes worked out with the Bobcats a few weeks ago, but he said they are going in a younger direction. The season is starting soon, so hopefully he can catch on somewhere so Marshon doesn’t get left by himself as the only Friar in the NBA.

And Gomes has been nothing if not a model NBA citizen. He transformed his shy personality into a polished, gregarious public figure, willing to make personal appearances for no fee, while establishing charitable goals and activities through the Ryan Gomes Foundation.

But today, with a new NBA season on the horizon, the 6-7 former star at Wilby High and All-American at Providence College does not have a basketball job.

notes I am all registered for New York Sports Night in two weeks (October 16th). It’s only $25 bucks, and hopefully I’ll get to speak to the staff and a bunch of NY Friar fans! You can register here.

youtube YouTube: ESPN ’14 Top 50 Prospect Abdul Malik-Abu Blew Up This Summer

A new mixtape from one of our favorite 2014 players, Abdul Malik-Abu. He’s continuing to get more and more looks. Florida is the latest to express interest, and Iowa State watched him work out today.

notes John Rooke got a gig hosting a show on the NBC Sports Radio Network. Don’t worry, it won’t interfere with his work as the VOICE OF THE FRIARS. Congrats John!

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