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Three point skills, and dance moves. And red shoes.
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game Notes vs. Assumption [pdf]
The Friars didn’t look great last year for Ed Cooley’s first live opponent, but they have come a long way. I don’t think the game will be close in the last 5 minutes again.
Assumption College posted a 14-14 mark during the 2011-12 campaign, while going 11-11 in the Northeast 10 Conference and i nishing eighth. The Greyhounds made the Northeast 10 Conference tournament, defeating No. 8 seed Bentley in the i rst round (78-65) before falling to top-seed Franklin Pierce, 55-50. Head Coach Matt Mahar, a 1996 graduate of Johnson State, enters his second year at the helm of the Greyhounds in 2012-13. The Greyhounds will have a youthful squad, comprising of seven incoming-freshman. Mahar will have four seniors and one graduate student returning this year to bring experience for his second year as head coach. Graduate student Kevin Donahue is the team’s top returning player. Last season, the 6-foot guard led the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. Senior forward Tim Beinert led the squad in rebounding as he averaged 8.2 boards per game in 2011-12. He also i nished second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 15.0 points per game
Bryce Cotton had a quiet game this past weekend going 0-3 from downtown and only registering 4 points. Last year he got off to a hot start, scoring 17 in the Mal Brown game, and following that up with a game high 16 points (and 3-6 from three) in the exhibition opener against Assumption.
Always good to keep an eye out for how other teams in the conference percieve the Friars.
Final Outlook: Ed Cooley obviously has tons of energy and the state of Providence basketball appears to be on the rise. The fact he was able to land two of the Top 20 players in the country should speak for itself. Dunn’s injury and Ledo’s eligibility obviously are gigantic blows. Still with the trio of Council, Cotton, and Henton, the Friars should be competitive. Dunn may be ready for Big East play, which would help out tremendously. If the Friars can hold their own without him, Providence could surprise some people.
The Providence College radio station WDOM 91.3 runs a Sports Show every Wednesday from 6-8, and will be talking Friar Basketball. You can call in at 401-865-2091, and listen online on their website. Fun fact, I co-hosted a radio show twice circa 1999, playing some awesome music.
Sports Illustrated: Preseason Conference Rankings: Big Ten, Big East lead the pack
So you are saying we are responsible for being behind the Big Ten?
2. Big East
Louisville could be the best team in the nation. Syracuse has legitimate national title sleeper potential. Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Marquette and Georgetown all should be very solid. Pitt should be a lot better than last season with better health and 7-footer Steven Adams. UConn’s guard depth should make the Huskies competitive even in a no-tournament season in Storrs. St. John’s, South Florida, Rutgers and Villanova aren’t bad if they’re the “third quartile” of what’s a 15-team league this season. Expect half the league (7-8 teams) to be dancing in March. The Big Ten pips the Beast for No. 1 because of less weakness at the bottom.
2013 Friar target Ron Patterson will be visiting Syracuse next week for an official visit. Their staff visited Brewster today to see him, according to their coach Jason Smith. Sounds like they are being very aggressive.
College Basketball Talk: Conference Preview: Louisville is the favorite in Big East after run to Final Four
Hey, it’s not last! They have Seton Hall in the last spot.
G Kris Dunn (Providence)
With Ricky Ledo being ruled ineligible to play this season, Providence head coach Ed Cooley will rely more on his other star recruit, Dunn. Injury is holding him back for now, but if he doesn’t redshirt, he will change the complexion of the Friar offense.
14. Providence — Ricky Ledo being ruled ineligible hurts the Friars in the short term, but the long-term outlook is bright.
ESPN: Brennan a priority for academic schools (insider)
2014 forward Alec Brennan (who attended PC’s Late Night Madness) visited Northwestern and Purdue over the weekend, who both have offers out to him. The Friars offered in June, and he also has ones from Kansas State, Maryland, and Temple among others.
“I’m just looking for the best combination of athletics and academics possible,” he said on Thursday.
As recently as four months ago, that had most people projecting him to end up in the Ivy League. But following a strong performance during the July evaluation period and a continued buzz this fall, that no longer seems quite so certain.
Instead, Brennan has emerged as a target for a variety of high-academic high majors. Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody trailed him throughout the last week of the July evaluation period, and the Wildcats extended a scholarship offer shortly afterward.
Marshon Brooks had a rough start and a poor shooting night (2-10), but ended up with 11 points in tonight’s preseason OT loss to the Knicks. He could have sent the game to a 2nd OT, but missed a runner in the final seconds.