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While you were sleeping early Sunday morning in preperation of an NFL Sunday, the Friar basketball players were SWIMMING as part of “The Program” workout sessions.
The Friartown Twitterverse was in a little bit of a frenzy after 2014 guard Kahari Beaufort (who is attending Late Night Madness on Friday) went on a tweeting spree about how excited he was about LNM and PC in general. He tweeted at Coach Cooley, said he was wearing Friars gear, retweeted EVERY Friar fan who gave him love, and even talked about big news coming up. It sounds like he is definitely interested in Providence, but let’s temper the enthusiasm a bit until there is an official decision. Based on some things I was told, let’s just say his Twitter follower count could be a big factor here.
CBS Sports: CBSSports.com’s Top 100 Players
Council is the lone Friar rep at #59. In the Peyton Siva / Vincent Council watch, Siva comes in at #34. I think I can live with that. What I can’t live with? Shabazz Napier at one spot ahead at #58. At the end of the year it won’t be like that Husky Nation.
#59 Vincent Council
“Invaluable” is a word that comes to mind. Council played more than 93 percent of Providence’s minutes last year, which you’d think would add up to fatigue, yet he boasted a top-10 national assist rate. Friars are hurting now because of injuries/eligibility issues to key players, so Council’s role is even more pivotal. — M.N.
I’m 95% certain that everyone (including Sidiki, Ledo, Harris, and Desrosiers) will be able to play in the Mal Brown game. I mean, if they don’t there won’t be a 5 on 5! I wonder if a team of Council, a one-armed Dunn, and Henton could beat Cotton, Batts, Goldsbrough, Kofane, and Ted Bancroft?
Providence College Athletics will hold its annual Friar Fanfest on the Slavin Center Lawn on the Providence College campus on Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. The event is free for all Friar fans. The Fanfest will feature the annual Mal Brown intrasquad scrimmage at Noon in the newly renovated Mullaney Gymnasium with the 2012-13 men’s basketball team led by Head Coach Ed Cooley.
It was a long shot anyway, but 2013 point guard Frank Mason (a one time Towson commit) is heading to Kansas. With Dayshon Smith off the board after picking Dayton, Shane Rector is the only PG remaining on the 2013 recruiting board. Time to look into more names…
Remember that guy Nurideen Lindsey on St. John’s last year? He played 9 games before bailing on the Johnnies, citing a need to be closer to family. He’s at Rider now, but just got a hardship waiver granted so he can play this season right away instead of having to wait until 2nd semester. Hey, what about Sidiki? I believe Kevin McNamara hinted at a waiver possibility, but I assumed it was denied since I never heard anything about it.
2015 Friar target
Have you checked out the Warrior Friar’s new blog, “New England College Basketball“? He is starting to pump out the content, go stop by!
Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″ Series: #5 Henton Primed for Breakout Sophomore Campaign
All-American by 2014, after the Friars make a run to the Final Four. Don’t forget to leave your shoes out on the court.
Things aren’t quite the same for Henton ten years later, but the opportunity to cement his Providence legacy may be.
Thanks in part to playing alongside the best play-maker in the Big East in Vincent Council and preceeding the most decorated PC freshman class in 20 years, Henton has flown under the Big East radar a bit, despite firmly planting himself in the top 3 in both scoring and rebounding as a freshman at Providence.
SMU’s Larry Brown was at Brewster Academy today according to coach Jason Smith. He was probably there to watch Ron Patterson, but also liked what he saw with Friar target Jared Terrell (2014). The future BIG EAST school gave Terrell an offer, adding to his growing list.
ESPN Andy Katz Blog: First elite recruit can change it all
Does Ledo or Dunn fall into this category?
Landing that first one is sometimes all that is needed to change the perception of the program.
“Once you get one,” Drew said, “it gets the ball rolling and [recruiting] can get a lot easier.”
More highlights from the new PC commit.
New York Post: Nets’ youngster Brooks adjusts to smaller role
Friar fans certainly will need to adjust not seeing the ball in Marshon’s hands when he is out on the court. If only the previous coaching staff could have had him working out while at PC…
“That’s all I’ve been working on in the off-season, just trying to get stronger and hit the open shot,” Brooks said. “Obviously [Lopez] is going to get the ball. He has to … he draws double teams.
“It was the first time in a couple years I didn’t have the ball in my hands. But if I can just add that, if I can continue to get better at it as my career goes on, just catching and shooting, it’s going to make for a long career for me, and make life a lot easier for me.”
Brooks also spent his summer trying to get stronger, in order to better handle the rigors of an NBA season. He put on about 10 pounds, and said he can already noticed the difference when he tries to get to the basket.