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Raising the little one right!
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: Late Night Madness 2012 Sneak Peek
ZOMG THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! Must watch.
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.
Brandon Austin, who will be attending Late Night Madness for an official visit on Friday, will head to UConn next weekend according to Philly.com. He’s also trying to visit UCLA soon, and has Georgetown and Texas on his list. That is some heavy competition.
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 SNY.tv. “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.
Where was Cooley when I was starving in the Aquinas dungeon in ’99? Man, that makes me feel old.
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.
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