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Whatever Ricky Ledo decides to do with his future, he will always love the city of Providence. Check out his new tattoo.
According to @StartTheFriars, Ed Cooley was on PC’s radio station and said that Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton were still unable to practice today. I imagine that Cotton would be able to go by Saturday, but I have no idea what the deal is with Batts’ bursitis in his shoulder. Anyone have any insight to what type of injury he is dealing with?
Providence Journal: Friars may lead for Philly recruit Brandon Austin
While this is definitely good news, we saw what happened when PC was the “leader” for Jakarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, and Nerlens Noel. I’ll just patiently wait for the official announcement.
It is nearing decision time for Brandon Austin and the highly rated guard from Philadelphia just may be favoring the Providence Friars.
Austin, a 6-5 guard from Imhotep Charter who’s helped his school to two straight PIAA state championships, is looking at PC, Connecticut and Texas. He visited all three schools on successive weekend last month and one of his advisers says Providence is in very good shape.
As @UltimateCrans pointed out on Twitter, the Friars start to the schedule may allow them to get past their early injuries. NJIT and Bryant are 2 of the 3 worst teams they will face this year according to initial Ken Pomeroy rankings.
Providence Journal: Counting on Council
Fantastic writeup on Vincent Council by Kevin McNamara. Sounds like Ed Cooley saved the day again here. Can you possibly imagine what the team would look like today if Vince bailed at some point over the last year?
When Cooley took over for Davis in the spring of 2011, he instantly liked what he saw of Council on the court, but he wasn’t pleased with much else. Council was immature, too often irresponsible, and his academics were shaky. Rumors of him not lasting for his junior year were legitimate. Cooley quickly developed a relationship with Council’s parents, especially his father. A long summer in classes and with plenty of tough love followed.
“The communication with his father, especially, has been really good. They’re very appreciative of what we’ve done to help Vince, but they’ve been a very important part of this process,” Cooley said. “He’s doing good. He’s on target to graduate in May.”
Cox Sports posted some highlights of the game on Saturday. You’ll have to head over there to watch.
Bob Walsh’s Blog: The PC Game
Once again, Bob Walsh delivers a must read post for Friar fans, this time giving phenomenal insight on the PC/RIC game from Saturday. He really is a great coach.
PC is frighteningly thin. I know everyone around here knows it and they are used to it, but it’s amazing that they are going to play the first semester with only 8 guys in uniform, one of whom is a walk-on. With Cotton not playing and Batts limited against us, it just goes to show you what could happen if they get an injury or two. It’s not as simple as Council and Cotton playing every minute of every game. One sprained ankle, one bruised knee and PC could be close to finishing a game with less than 5 players. It’s not that far out of the realm of possibility.
Marshon Brooks warms up before the first ever game for the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 8 points off the bench in 18 minutes of play.
Casual Hoya: Big East Power Rankings, Preseason Edition
Even though Casual Hoya left off Fire from the list of this year’s cast, I’ll forgive them for putting us ahead of DePaul. I mentioned that on Twitter, and he told me he was liking what Ed Cooley was doing, but we had to go out and win some damn games. Noted.
Last season: 15-17, 4-14, lost in Big East Tournament first round.
Key departures: Gerard Coleman, Bilal Dixon.
This year’s cast: Vincent Council, Bryce Cotton, LaDontae Henton, Kris Dunn, Kadeem Batts, Brice Kofane, Sidiki Johnson (transfer from Arizona, eligible in December).
Outlook: Even by modern standards, the Friars’ roster is in flux. Two transfers out, three transfers in (Tyler Harris and Cameron Desrosiers aren’t eligible until next year). Two high-profile recruits, one eligible but injured (Dunn), the other not eligible thus far (Ricky Ledo). Assuming he can ever get enough players, Ed Cooley seems to be building something in Providence. But the Friars finished last in the conference in defensive efficiency last year, and they still seem to lack enough bigs to expect much improvement this time around.
Prediction: 5-13. v. Georgetown (at GU): Hoyas win. Big East Coaches’ Poll: 15th.
Over the weekend Ed Cooley extended an offer to 2014 forward Jacquil Taylor. He attended the RIC game according to Friar Basketball.
Add another great Friar Basketball player to the PC Hall of Fame.
Dickey Simpkins `94 competed in more games for the Friars than any other player in PC basketball history. With 125 games under his belt, Simpkins ranks 26th all-time in scoring with 1,226 points. In four seasons, he averaged 9.8 ppg and 6.3 rebounds. He also ranks 10th all-time at PC in rebounding (790) and fourth all-time in offensive rebounds (312). Simpkins has more career steals (85) than any other center in Friar history. He also was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team twice (1993 and 1994). He helped the Friars capture the 1994 BIG EAST title. A first-round draft pick, Simpkins went on to play six seasons for the Chicago Bulls.
A new Josh Sharma video, the 7 footer from the class of 2015 who visited for Late Night Madness