Friartown News and Notes 11.13.12

dave@friarblog —  November 13th, 2012 8:59 PM —  Comments
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All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

As Barney Stinson would say, SUIT UP! Hey, where’s Carson Desrosiers?


notes Speaking of the suits, all of the players not eligible to play right now (Sidiki Johnson, Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers, and Ricky Ledo) did not make the trip with the team to Puerto Rico due to NCAA rules. This must be especially hard for Ricky Ledo, who is of Puerto Rican discent. The rest of the team and staff landed there today.

notes Still nothing new on Vincent Council’s hammy. He is going to Puerto Rico, but I highly highly doubt he will play. Sounds like he could be out for the next several weeks. I say play it safe and wait until the 2nd semester when Sidiki and hopefully Kris Dunn can play.

link Bryant Game Recaps: GoLocalProv, Woonsocket, Sun ChronicleFriar Basketball, Boston Sports Nut

notes How good was PC’s shorthanded performance last night on both ends of the court? Their offensive rating of 126.6 was only topped three times last year – West Virginia (Loss), road South Florida game (Loss), and Louisville (Win). Defensively, PC held Bryant to 76.6 rating. Last season the defense held a team to a worse rating in three wins (Brown, Southern, and UNH).

picture ESPN: Screen grab

This might be one of my favorite pictures ever. Check out the follow through on Ted Bancroft’s three point make from last night. The look on Ricky Ledo’s face is priceless.


notes PC just put out an offer to 2014 big man Jacquil Taylor. He currently holds offers from Maryland, UMASS, Siena, Iona, NC A&T, LaSalle, Temple, St. Bonaventure, and St. Joseph’s.

youtube YouTube: ’14 C Jacquil Taylor Is Ready To BreakOut

link ESPN: Rapid Reaction: UMass 67, Harvard 64

UMASS, who the Friars will play on Thursday night in the first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, stole a game at home against Harvard with some clutch outside shooting and defense.

BACK AND FORTH: Although UMass came in as the favorite, the Minutemen couldn’t pull away with the teams battling within a few points of each other the entire second half. Steve Moundou-Missi hit a pair of free throws with three minutes to go to give Harvard a 62-59 lead. After the teams traded blocked shots, a Freddie Riley 3-point try rolled around the rim and out. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders then hit a pair from the line for a 64-59 lead, but Jesse Morgan answered with a jumper in the lane to make it a 3-point game.

UMass, showing defensive intensity that had been lacking much of the second half, forced a five-second violation with 44.9 seconds left, and Morgan tied it with a three-ball with 37 seconds to go. The Minutemen cranked up their full-court pressure again and Chaz Williams forced a turnover on the sideline as Harvard lost the ball out of bounds.

The Minutemen took over with 28 seconds left. As time wound down, Williams drove the lane, dished to an open Sampson Carter in front of the UMass bench and he drilled the trey for the win — and his only points of the game — with 1.5 ticks remaining.

notes Keno Davis coached his first game with Central Michigan last night. The #FIREUPCHIPS lost 73-61.

notes Tomorrow is the first day of the early signing period. Could this be how Brandon Austin announces his decision?

link Bob Walsh Blog: Walk-Ons

Great overall post by Coach Walsh with a lot of call backs to walk-ons that he coached while he was an assistant at PC.

I thought about Kareem Hayletts and Chris Burns on Saturday when I saw that Vincent Council got hurt for PC. How many minutes do you think one of them would have played in that NJIT game? Both of them would have played a lot, and both of them essentially just walked through the door at PC. There are a lot of hard luck reasons why PC has such a thin roster this year – they’ve recruited 4 guards in the past 2 years who either got hurt (Baker, Dunn) or were ruled ineligible (Gardner, Ledo). That’s pretty hard to plan for. But the fact that they don’t have more capable walk-ons given their roster situation is a mistake.

picture Last Night’s Ticket

Maybe they should have photoshopped him in a suit.


notes Marshon Brooks has yet another sprained ankle, and will miss another game tonight (and possibly through to the weekend). At least he will have time to think about his defense. Looks like the Friar misfortunes extend into the alumni. Has anyone checked to see if Rodney Bullock is OK? I’m legitimately terrified that he could injure his hand signing the LOI.

link Friar Basketball: PC’s “Oh No!” Injuries of the Past Decade

Thanks Craig, I tried to block all these from my memory!

One thing most can agree on is that this program has been snakebitten ever since that day. Whether it is injuries, academic and disciplinary casualties, coaching departures, or losing recruiting battles, PC fans justly feel that throughout the years the Friars have had to overcome much more than their fair share of adversity.

The injury bug has been particularly cruel to Providence in recent years. Injuries to Friar players have derailed seasons, finished careers, killed PC teams’ chances for the post season, and in one instance even helped finish a coaching career.

youtube YouTube: Double Dribble

I found some classic footage of Bryce Cotton. YOU CAN’T STOP HIM!


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