Friartown News and Notes 10.9.12

dave@friarblog —  October 9th, 2012 10:26 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

picture Jamel Thomas Tweet

Raising the little one right!


notes There will be a Media Interview Session with Ed Cooley and basketball team tomorrow afternoon at 4PM in the Concannon Fitness Center. The press release says it’s a chance for the media to get interviews and pictures. If only I wasn’t in New York! Hopefully Kevin McNamara, Brendan McGair, and the GoLocalProv gang (you know, the actual media around these parts) can get some good tidbits about the upcoming season.

youtube YouTube: Late Night Madness 2012 Sneak Peek


notes Midnight Madness visitors are up to four: Rodney Bullock (already committed), Brandon Austin (2013), Kahari Beaufort (2014), and Jarred Reuter (2015). Something tells me that’s not going to be all…

link ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog: Nonconference schedule analysis: Big East

I wouldn’t even have minded a 1 on the toughness scale, considering there are 7 scholarship players available for OOC play. NE basketball is a mess? Don’t tell WarriorFriar!


Toughest: Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Nov. 15-18)
Next-toughest: Mississippi State (Dec. 1), at Boston College (Dec. 22)
The rest: NJIT (Nov. 10), Bryant (Nov. 12), Fairfield (Nov. 23), Holy Cross (Nov. 27), Rhode Island (Dec. 6), Colgate (Dec. 18), at Brown (Dec. 28)
Toughness scale: 2 — You almost can’t fault the Friars here. It’s not their fault New England basketball is a mess. If it weren’t, games against Rhode Island and BC would have some heft. But truth be told, Ed Cooley ought to be sighing in relief here. Without heralded freshman Ricardo Ledo, Providence needs a little more time to build, and this schedule ought to allow for that. There might be some meat in San Juan with an opener against UMass and Tennessee and NC State in the field. But there’s not much else to see here.

notes Brandon Austin, who will be attending Late Night Madness for an official visit on Friday, will head to UConn next weekend according to He’s also trying to visit UCLA soon, and has Georgetown and Texas on his list. That is some heavy competition.

link ZagsBlog: Coach Says Point Guard Shane Rector Is Under-recruited; Kamall Richards Planning Visits

Shane Rector is the only point guard left on the 2013 recruiting board, and apparently he is underrecruited. Well if his coach thinks that Providence is not a high major…

“Tom Konchalski wrote his report and called him a 5-minus,” Jefferson told “He rated him high. [But] he’s very under-recruited. The recruitment is slow.”

When the 6-foot-1 Rector left St. Raymond’s in The Bronx, he reportedly held offers from Providence, Hofstra, UMass and Dayton, but Jefferson said only one high-major school is involved.

“Arizona State was the only high-major to come in to recruit him but they haven’t offered yet,” he said.

notes Ed Cooley isn’t the only one making 6AM visit trips out in recruiting land. NC State hit up CPA in Nashville early this morning to see 2014 Friar target Jalen Lindsey.

twitter-bird-white-on-blue Ed Cooley Tweet

Where was Cooley when I was starving in the Aquinas dungeon in ’99? Man, that makes me feel old.

Out delivering pizza in the dorms. Great meeting all the students. Love the support! #gofriars

notes The LaDontae’s Inferno T-Shirts are apparently coming out this week, and will be $15 dollars. The important question is, will ICE COTTON t-shirts be next?

youtube YouTube: Class of 2014 ESPN Top 50 Guard Jared Terrell

link Providence College Men’s Basketball Individual Game Tickets Go On Sale October 12

Time to plan my trip to Providence.

Providence College men’s basketball individual game tickets will go on sale Friday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. Season tickets and mini-plan packages are currently on sale.

Three and five game mini-plan packages are available. Three game mini-plan packages begin at $30. Five game mini-plan packages begin at $50, and include tickets to Rhode Island on Thursday, December 6, Syracuse on Wednesday, January 9, Connecticut on Thursday, January 31, and the choice of two other games.

Season tickets and mini-plan packages offer the best value and best seat locations. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here or call 401-865-GOPC.

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