Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.
Here are the previous rankings
#8. Brice Kofane
Forward Brice Kofane enters his 2nd full season with the Friars after redshirting in Keno Davis’ final season. Among all the different storylines for the rest of the team, Friartown will be looking to see if Kofane can take a step forward offensively, while becoming a force defensively on a more consistent basis.
Stud stats: Kofane had several great defensive games during out of conference play, most notably when he blocked 7 shots (and altering a host of others) to help drive a victory over BC. He posted double-digit rebounds twice, in wins over Holy Cross (12 boards) and URI (10).
Dud stats: Brice only attempted 43 shots the entire year, including only 18 shots in BIG EAST play due to limited playing time. As a result, his high point total of the year was 8 points against St. John’s. Kofane also ran into frequent foul trouble, especially in conference play as the competition picked up. He fouled out 3 times in 15 BIG EAST regular season games, and frequently picked up 3 to 4 while only being on the court for 10-15 minutes.
Kofane’s minutes also dipped right after conference play started.
I know what you did last summer: Kofane spent the earlier part of the summer back home in Cameroon, where he had not been to since coming to PC in the fall of 2010. In August he spent time working out in New Jersey with Kadeem Batts.
Know your role: Assuming Ed Cooley wants to ease Josh Fortune into the lineup and play a little bigger, Kofane will likely be a starter for the early part of the year. Seeing that I have him ranked #8 on the team means once Sidiki Johnson and Kris Dunn can play, I expect Kofane’s time time to obviously be affected. That’s not to say he will not have an important role on the team — he can provide a great defensive spark off the bench, igniting the team with in your face blocks.
His “Move”: The double armed block. Kofane’d.
Relevant Tune: “Block after Block” – Matt & Kim
I think it takes a pile of bricks for us to make a home
And I’m not sure, but I hear mountains grow from just one note
Block after block, block after block
If Brice Kofane was a TV Show: Cake Boss: If Kofane is going to contribute on both sides of the court in BIG EAST play, he needs to show he can be a (cup)Cake Boss when the minutes are there. After all, he did spend time in the Dirty Jersey this summer…
Best case scenario: As the roster works itself out for the first part of the year, Brice Kofane continually improves and develops into a tremendous asset for his ability to play defense and block shots. Offensively, he becomes more confident as he goes up against PC’s talented, but ineligible players in practice ever day. More importantly, Kofane masters the skill of holding onto the ball on offensive rebounds, and is able to register numerous chance points. Stats: 20 minutes a game, 7-8 points per game, 5-6 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Worst case scenario: Kofane gets his time due to a thin roster, but Cooley does not have enough confidence in him to get meaningful minutes in BIG EAST games once again. He has trouble staying on the court due to constant foul trouble, and proves to be an offensive liability when he is out there. This also puts a tremendous strain on the other forwards such as Sidiki Johnson and Lee Goldsbrough, who must pick up the slack for an ineffective Kofane. Stats: 10 minutes a game, 2-3 points per game, 3 rebounds, 1 block.