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If you have season tickets, you probably received this in the mail today. I am very envious.
Providence Journal: Friars fans meet Ted Bancroft
Before the Frankenstorm hits the east coast, WHITE LIGHTNING will be hitting Rhode Island.
“Ted will be in the mix, for sure,” Cooley said. “He’s an energy, hustle guy who knows how to handle things on the floor.”
As for what he’s calling his `Iron Seven,’ Cooley knows his core must avoid sloppy fouls and everyone must be ready to contribute.
It seems that every day this week there was another ruling on a transfer getting either denied or granted a waiver to play this season. Tavon Sledge from Iona got a hardship waiver earlier in the week, but Manhattan was out of luck with getting Ashton Pankey eligible this year. URI also found out that Ifeanyi Onyekaba had to sit out all season. Is Sidiki Johnson’s name coming up soon? Kevin McNarama mentioned last week that the paperwork was just getting organized, so it’s a little confusing since Sidiki said at PC Media Day that they were awaiting word from the NCAA (and it was a 50/50 chance). Either way, at least Sidiki will be on the court in mid-December. Steve Hartnett of Scout.com tweeted that he’s really taken to playing under Cooley and has been the best transfer so far.
When the Friars struggled in their exhibition opener against Assumption last year, Bilal Dixon stepped up late and saved Ed Cooley’s debut. What will PC do without him this year!?! How can they survive?
The LaDontae’s Inferno T-Shirts have arrived. Here is a pic of Buckets himself rocking the shirt.
What’s even worse, is that he still has 16 regular season games left to play to end his “Rookie” status according to the veteran teammates. Hopefully they hold off on more popcorn in the car pranks while he tries to figure out his role.
October has been a forgettable month for Brooks. Once thought to be a lock as the Nets’ sixth man, it was announced on Oct. 11 that he was dealing with right foot tendinitis and would miss 7-10 days. With that timetable, the former Providence College star missed the team’s first three preseason games.
Once deemed healthy enough to come back, he made his preseason debut against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 18, playing just 15 minutes and scoring seven points. The next night against the Philadelphia 76ers wasn’t much better as he played just 12 minutes and scored six points.
New England Recruiting Report: Prep Profile – Brewster Academy
Ed Cooley and staff will be visiting their games frequently to check out Ron Patterson and Jared Terrell.
The level of sheer high-major caliber talent is very similar. Last year’s group had six players ultimately commit to “high-major” level schools in Mitch McGary (Michigan), Jakarr Sampson (St. John’s), T.J. Warren (N.C. State), Jalen Reynolds (Xavier), Aaron Thomas (Florida State), and Semaj Christon (Xavier). This year’s group also has six prospects being currently recruited at that level – Elijah Macon (West Virginia), Kyle Washington (N.C. State), Ron Patterson, Chris McCullough, Jared Terrell, and Kevin Zabo.
This year’s team is definitely younger and less experienced than last year’s group, with three of their top six players – McCullough, Terrell, and Zabo – still in the class of 2014.
Hartford Courant: UConn Men’s Basketball Graduation Rate Worst Among Major Div. I Programs
From classes that entered in the years 2002-2005, UConn’s graduation rate was 11%. During that same timeframe PC Men’s Basketball had an 80% GSR. Boom, roasted.
The UConn men’s basketball team scored an 11 percent graduation rate in figures released by the NCAA on Thursday, down from 25 percent a year ago and the lowest among major Division I basketball programs in the nation.
The NCAA released what it considered encouraging graduation rates for student athletes, showing improvement in football and men’s basketball across the country, but UConn was far below the national average of 74 percent for men’s basketball, and every other Big East school was above 50 percent.
So I was in Connecticut for work on Thursday. You know how I am obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts? Yeah this basically ruined my morning. Where’s my Friars version!?
This is not terribly surprising given all that has gone down with the BIG EAST and ESPN. However, it does seem likely that there will be some deal that is a combination of ESPN and another network.
The Big East will not agree to a media rights deal with ESPN before the end of next week’s 60-day exclusivity window, allowing the conference to negotiate with other networks, according to league sources.
The Big East now will be free to negotiate its media rights deal with other networks, specifically NBC Sports Network/Comcast, which has shown the most interest in the league, and Fox.
2015 center Josh Sharma visited Late Nate Madness this year. Here is a new mixtape video from 2eZ.