Friartown News and Notes 10.2.12

dave@friarblog —  October 2nd, 2012 9:44 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 Bad Marvin’s Time Machine Tumblr

Eric Murdock rocking the classic uni’s.


link BIG EAST Pinterest: 2012-13 MBB Player of the Year Candidates

This doesn’t appear to be an official list or anything, but Vincent Council is one of 9 players listed as candidates for BIG EAST preseason Player of the Year. I’m guessing Peyton Siva gets it here, mainly because Louisville is the #1 team. I am eagerly awaiting their matchup in the BIG EAST opener.

Shabazz Napier, UConn
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
Otto Porter, Georgetown
Vincent Council, Providence
Petyon Siva, Louisville
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Branon Triche, Syracuse
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

notes Missed this on Sunday, but Rodney Bullock (who visted PC last weekend) tweeted that he will make a decision after two more visits. Where could be looking to check out? He has other offers from UMAss, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Miami. You think he would have checked out UMass while in New England, so probably assume they are no longer involved. All three ACC schools could be in play here.

youtube YouTube: Bo Zeigler 2013 Detroit Community gets up for some dunks

Zeigler, Bullock, or Brandon Austin. Who ya got?

link CBS Sports: Notre Dame pursuit of Torres exemplifies new recruiting trend

CAN’T YOU EVER DEFEND NOTRE DAME KENO! As if beating him relentlessly on the court wasn’t enough when they both coached in the BIG EAST, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey may have broken an unwritten rule by yoinking one of Keno Davis’ verbal commits. Just another reason to hate Notre Dame, and another reason to feel kinda bad for Keno (if you can get past the whole running the program into the ground thing).

Last Sunday, Austin Torres committed to Central Michigan. Four days later, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey walked into Torres’ house and offered him a scholarship.

Torres was still committed to Central Michigan during Brey’s in-home visit and still was committed when he told Brey he wanted to go to Notre Dame.

Sources close to Notre Dame confirmed the above timeline — and also confirmed that Brey never made an effort to reach out to Central Michigan coach Keno Davis regarding Torres.

notes Single game tickets are going onsale next Wednesday, October 10th at 10AM. However, you can’t get the URI, UConn, Syracuse, or ND games (those require mini plans). So what good home games are in play? Plenty! Fairfield, Mississippi State (BIG EAST/SEC Challange, Saturday night), DePaul (yes DePaul, it’s on a Saturday night, and the bottom of the conference could be at stake), Villanova, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. John’s (Saturday night), and Seton Hall should be good to go.

link ESPN: With TV deal, A-10 ascendance continues

Hey BIG EAST, are you paying attention?

The Atlantic 10 Conference has secured eight-year partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Group for its media and television rights. The agreements, which were announced Tuesday, more than double the men’s and women’s basketball national exposure for the A-10 membership and will begin in 2013-14.

The new agreements will give the league unprecedented reach, distribution and marketing, allowing the Atlantic 10 to better serve its fans in its extensive media footprint and to leverage the promotional platforms and marketing assets of these three major national media companies. The A-10 is in seven of the top 25 media markets, including four of the top 10. Beginning in 2013-14, all 14 conference members will be in the top 65 media markets in the country and the Atlantic 10 media footprint will reach over 33 million television households, which is approximately 33 percent of the US television market.

picture McPhails Tweet

Try saving this to your phone for easy viewing, courtesy of McPhails Twitter! Good idea.


notes According to PC student James Kirby, students are going to be on campus for only four BIG EAST games. The games that fall under the breaks are DePaul / Syracuse (fall break) and St. John’s / Seton Hall (spring break). Hopefully the students will at least stick around for the two Saturday contests (DePaul and St. John’s).

link SNY Nets: As Camp Opens, MarShon Brooks Gets Back to Business

Looking buff, Marshon.

Evidently, Brooks spent a lot of his time during the offseason in the weight room. After a rookie season that saw him get physically outplayed by older and stronger veteran guards, he has noticeably added some muscle to what is now a 200-pound frame. Despite last season’s physical shortcomings, Brooks had a strong rookie season, averaging 12.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over 56 games.

notes 2013 guard Ron Patterson will be taking an official visit to future BIG EAST opponent SMU on October 19th. Like Temple, these guys are not even in the conference yet and I’m already starting to hate them because of these recruiting battles. Don’t forget Houston, who we have to hate in general since Joe Young plays there (and yes, I am unwilling to let this one go). Screw basketball capabilities, the BIG EAST is on the right path to replacing the hate of Syrcause, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and West Virginia! It’s an extremely high bar, but we’ll get there.

notes LaDontae Henton worked out with God Shammgod today according to his tweet. Henton either a) has broken ankles, or b) gained the ability to break the ankles of others.

notes 2014 point guard JaQuan Lyle (ranked in the top 20) has a PC offer to go along with numerous top programs. He’ll be going to Kentucky’s “Big Blue Madness”. Yeah.

youtube YouTube: Road Trip: Putnam Science Academy

Friar target Dayson “Scoochie” Smith headlines Putnam Science Academy’s team again this year.

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