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If you goto the hockey game you can get these awesome Ed Cooley and Nate Leaman t-shirts. Students only, I think. Still cool to see though.
Friars.com: Watch Live Streaming Video Of Late Night Madness
And it’s FREE!
The Providence College Athletics Department will offer a live video stream of its annual Late Night Madness event to kick off the 2012-13 basketball season. The live stream is free of charge and will be available beginning at 10:00 p.m.
This year’s edition of Late Night Madness will be held in the newly renovated Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium, marking the first basketball-related event in the upgraded facility. For those wishing to attend Late Night Madness, doors open at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.
Kevin McNamara tweeted that there could be dozens of recruits that show up to Late Night Madness, but they are teenagers so who really knows. Couldn’t be more true, as Jared Terrell is apparently no longer planning to attend after it was reported by his coach that he was on Wednesday night.
The list of Late Night Madness attendees is certainly impressive, but I’m not really expecting any immediate commitments. The 2013 guys (Brandon Austin and Ron Patterson) have a lot of big visits planned, and for the 2015 guys it’s way too early. There was a lot of talk about Kahari Beaufort practically ready to pledge to the Friars on Twitter earlier in the week. I would say he is the best chance for hearing some good recruiting news out of everyone listed so far, but I’m fairly certain he wants to visit other schools as well. Don’t be discouraged if nothing concrete comes out of this right away, as it’s just really a visit for these kids under a great atmosphere.
YouTube: Late Night Madness Dunk Contest 2010
Fact: No one has ever defeated Ice Cotton in a Late Night Madness dunk contest. Last year’s contest wasn’t that enthralling, featuring a lot of missed dunks. However, Cotton was still awarded the victory. As a freshman two seasons ago? He did this:
I have no idea who will actually be competing this year aside from Cotton, but out of everyone who do you think would win?
Providence Journal: Ledo is treating year as learning experience Also has some great quotes from Ledo regarding his decisions to switch high schools. Everything he is saying this year shows how much maturity the young man has. It starts with Ed Cooley.
Asked if he’s watching Le-do closely this fall, the Friar coach quickly responded, “I’m on him every day.” “Ricky’s been a model citizen,” Cooley said. “He’s had his moments, but the same as any 18- to 22-year-old would have in his first year of college. As far as what everybody said about him, to coach him on a daily basis, it’s not even close.”
Rush the Court is counting down their BIG EAST rankings with previews every few days on their microsite. They’ve done three so far, and no PC yet! They have Rutgers last, with Seton Hall #14 and DePaul #13 . #Progress
GoLocalProv: Council, Friars Gearing Up For Season
With a more experienced Buckets down low, Kris Dunn able to spell Council at the point, and everyone else improving, VC is primed for a big season.
“We have to do a better job of finishing games. We lost a lot of close games,” he said. “We have to be mentally tough so we can pull those out.” While Council is focused on doing what he can on the floor to help this team win games this season, he also understands that his impact on the team will be far greater if he does all of the little things expected of a player in his position. “I know I have to be a leader,” he said. “I need to know when to go and when not to go. I need to know when to let my teammates do what they do on the court. Just controlling the game.”
I was speaking to a coworker the other day about the Friars future. I said what I had here last week about “next year” finally being “the year”, where a large number of things would have to go wrong in order to derail what Ed Cooley was building. Yeah pretty sure I just continued to jinx Friartown. He made a great comparison to the Simpson’s softball episode where Mr. Burns talks about his team: “Unless, of course, my nine all-stars fall victim to nine separate misfortunes and are unable to play tomorrow. But that will never happen. Three misfortunes, that’s possible. Seven misfortunates, there’s an outside chance. But nine misfortunes? I’d like to see that!” If Kris Dunn falls down an endless pit or Carson Desrosiers’ gets a grotesquely swollen jaw after overdosing on nerve tonic, I’m becoming a Kentucky fan. Shave those sideburns, Kofane!
New York Times: MarShon Brooks Could Miss Much of Nets’ Preseason Marshon always gets held up by his feet. He broke his toe last year and missed time, and hurt his ankle on multiple occasions in his sophomore and junior years at PC. Now, tendinitis in his foot could cause him to miss Brooklyn’s first ever preseason.
MarShon Brooks, the Nets’ promising young sixth man, could miss most of the preseason schedule because of tendinitis in his right foot. Brooks wore a walking boot on Thursday and watched from the sidelines while his teammates played a simulated game. He is expected to wear the boot for another day or two and will then need another couple days of rehabilitation work. The injury is not considered serious, and Brooks indicated that he could resume playing within a few days. But Coach Avery Johnson is taking a cautious approach and said he might hold Brooks out for seven to 10 days — a time frame that would knock Brooks out of the Nets’ first five preseason games.
Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #2 Council’s Legacy Year
Another great read from the folks at Friar Basketball.
Few point guards in the country are equally effective making plays at a breakneck speed, or in the halfcourt. In the open floor Council is a blur with instincts that come naturally to few, seemingly making the right play every time the Friars take to the open floor. In the halfcourt set he’s a better than advertised shooter from 17 feet and a terrific passer once he gets into the paint. While some may label Missouri’s Phil Pressey or Ohio State’s Aaron Craft the best playmaker in the country, Council has made more out of less than either of them.
I’m not sure if Bo Zeigler (2013 forward) is still on the Friars radar since they received the Rodney Bullock verbal, but he will be attending South Florida’s madness festivities this weekend. Earlier in the month it was reported that Zeigler was down to PC, South Florida, and Iowa. This was before Bullock’s commitment.