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Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.
Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.
Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.
Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once
Bob Walsh Blog: Providence College
Fantastic post by RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh on his time at Providence College. Makes me very proud to be a part of the community.
All of this created a community that truly is special. One where everyone understands the passion, enthusiasm and importance of the men’s basketball program, yet cares more about the well-being of the students playing the game than the final score. It’s a community where you live in St. Joe’s and eat in Raymond and go to CIV class 5 days a week for 2 years like everyone else. It’s one where the coaches have lunch with the Dominicans and talk about Ryan Gomes last game against UConn and his last theology quiz. It’s one where the excitement for basketball is palpable but where perspective is never lost. It’s one where Father Smith told John Linehan at the senior banquet to “always remember we are much more proud of who you are, than of what you’ve accomplished.”
All of the game promotions are now listed on the Friars.com schedule. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 3rd when St. John’s comes to town. It’s Marshon Brooks bobblehead night!
National Recruiting Spotlight: Big East teams chasing after Kahari Beaufort
A nice feature on the 2014 guard that attended Late Night Madness. Miami and Florida are apparently recruiting him the hardest.
“I’m looking for a school that runs the floor and plays defense well,” he added. “And communication, I want to have a good bond with the team and coach.”
Although he has no list, Beaufort does have an idea of when he wants to put one together. He also has a timetable for when he wants to commit.
“Me and my uncle are going to come up with that [list] after the high school basketball season,” Beaufort said. “Right now I’m just focusing on grades. I’m pretty sure after my junior year after AAU I’m going to commit.”
I imagine dinner at the Cooley house is about 10,000 times better than Ray.
BigEast.org: #BECountdown – Providence Friars Men’s Basketball
The Big Picture:
In his first season as the Friar head coach, Ed Cooley instilled his strong belief in discipline and pride. Providence was a more cohesive group last season and his players blossomed in that environment. Cooley will continue with his style, but he wants some more results in the win column this year. Last year’s squad finished 15-17 overall and 4-14 in the BIG EAST. Cooley has secured a strong recruiting class that will have ample opportunity to be noticed and help push the Friars up in the standings.
Friars AD Bob Driscoll is now on Twitter @PCBobDriscoll. He’s already following me, so I better watch myself
CBS Sports: Most Comprehensive Injury Report Ever
This is pretty great.
Enosch Wolf, Connecticut – Concussion, out indefinitely (should be back for exhibition game)
Montray Clemons, DePaul – Tore ACL last October, should be ready for season-opener
DeJuan Marrero, DePaul – Torn ACL, out for season
Tyler Adams, Georgetown – has not been cleared, will not play this season
Chane Behanan, Louisville – Suspended both exhibition games
Mike Marra, Louisville – ACL, out for season
Kevin Ware, Louisville – Suspended for Thursday’s exhibition game
Kris Dunn, Providence – Shoulder, out until at least late December
Ricky Ledo, Providence – partial qualifier (academics), will not play this season
Greg Lewis, Rutgers – Knee, could redshirt this season (10-28)
Aaron Cosby, Seton Hall – Knee, out 4-6 weeks (10-24)
Will we see an “X” from Ledo after a made three?
I’m a crazy Friar Fanatic. GIVE ME SOME CANDY! [Adam Sandler voice]
Friar Basketball: Recap of First Coach’s Show on WEEI
Thew new season of Ed Cooley’s Coach’s Show kicked off with John Rooke at Coal Fired Pizza in Providence.
This coming Saturday Cooley said the goal against Rhode Island College is to continue to improve, with a goal of playing their best basketball in the final two weeks of February.
2013 Friar target Ron Patterson will be at Syracuse all weekend.
The 2013 Recruiting Board is starting to look a little bare with recruits committing elsewhere. Just heard of a new name for the Friars – 6-1 point guard D.J. Bowles from Florida. According to Coast 2 Coast Hoops UCF, Xavier, George Mason, Providence and Middle Tennessee State are still in the mix. He’s also on an official visit to Wichita State this weekend.
BIG EAST On Demand: Vincent Council BIG EAST Media Day Interview