Friartown News and Notes 11.20.12

dave@friarblog —  November 20th, 2012 9:30 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 Vincent Council Instagram

I don’t have a hamstring injury, but can I get this treatment? Looks rather comfy.


notes The early signing period is coming to a close tomorrow, so Brandon Austin wasted no time making it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. Do these kids still really fax in their letters? They must have to go find a Kinko’s or something, because who has a fax machine?

quote_1 “Brandon Austin is a tremendous athlete and we are excited that he is going to be a Friar. He has been part of winning programs and knows what it takes to have success. Those qualities are important to us as we build Providence College basketball. He will be a key part of our success.” – Ed Cooley

youtube YouTube: Providence College Men’s Basketball Participates in The Program

Wonder why the Friars have been so tough and resilient this year?

notes All the media and blogs had great things to say about Ed Cooley landing Brandon Austin. Everyone is talking about the 1-2-3 punch of Austin, Ledo, and Dunn. What about my man Ice?

link ESPN: ESPN 100 forward Austin joins Friars

Austin took his first official visit to Providence in mid-October and while he has since visited Connecticut and Texas, the conversations he had with Ledo and Dunn stuck with him.

“Basically we were saying that we could work around each other and hopefully have one of the best backcourts in the country,” Austin said.

link ESPN: Austin completes strong Friars backcourt

When it comes to scoring the ball, he has a knack of putting it in the basket by way of drive and jumper. With his slashing ability he will force a defense to help, and that’s when becomes extra dangerous because he will find the open man. His capable jump shot is more than deserving of respect from opponents, and his signature low and tight crossover allows him to easily shake free from defenders.

His shot preparation, however, needs polish. He shoots it differently almost every time he attempts and must learn to be more consistent and release it quicker before the defense arrives. Because he is a hard worker who cares about improving, that will correct itself with time and practice, though.

link Friar Basketball: Providence Makes Latest Statement in Winning Austin Sweepstakes

From what I understand, assistant coach Bob Simon (who also help spearhead the staff’s first commitment at PC in Henton) played a critical role in Austin’s recruitment. Austin decided not to visit Georgetown or UCLA after seeing Providence, UConn and Texas on consecutive weekends.

Providence had little in common than the other two. The campus is far smaller, the NBA draft picks have come with less frequency, they haven’t been near the glamour program that Connecticut and Texas have been for quite some time, yet under Cooley the Friars haven’t been focusing on what they aren’t, but what they are.

link Imhotep’s Austin commits to Providence

“I liked Providence and UConn a lot. I was going back and forth. One day I might like Providence. Next day I might like UConn. Providence won out because of playing time; my positioning in their system. I really like coach [Ed] Cooley and his staff. I like the trust and belief they have in me. Also, [some players] were telling me I could go up there and be part of the best backcourt in the nation.”

link Providence Journal: Donaldson: I can’t wait for NEXT basketball season

And, now, 6-6 guard Brandon Austin, who this week picked PC over UConn and Texas.

How often do you hear or read those words: “He picked PC over UConn and Texas?”

Perhaps more and more in years to come, as Ed Cooley establishes his program at Providence.

notes Saw this gem on a UConn messageboard – “Maybe if PC keeps beating us for recruits, we’ll start beating them on the court!” Getting Brandon Austin was definitely great, but seeing UConn freak out about losing another recruit to Cooley was just icing on the cake.

twitter-bird-white-on-blue Andre La Fleur Tweet

Shhhhhhhhhh....don't tell nobody but I think the Friars are coming...
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notes Bryce Cotton was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week after his impressive performance in Puerto Rico.


Yes, this happened. And it wasn’t his only dunk of the game. Tell me this isn’t one of the best things now on the Internet?

youtube YouTube: Providence College 2012 Christmas Commercial

It’s not even Thanksgiving!! You too, Providence Athletic Department??

notes Marshon Brooks had one of his better games of the season on Sunday against Sacremento. In only 12 minutes of play, Brooks scored 14 points (including 9 in the fourth quarter) to help the Nets win their 5th straight game.

youtube YouTube: Brooks on his improvement

link Statement of BIG EAST Commissioner Mike Aresco Regarding Departure of Rutgers University

My statement would have been, “Eat shit and die, Rutgers”.

We realize that conference realignment is currently a fact of life in college sports. In the context of this realignment, changes in our membership have been taking place, including important additions. In fact, the Big East has expanded its scope with new members in California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. As a result, the Big East has created a unique national football conference that is a factor in the BCS Championship, remains the nation’s strongest basketball conference top to bottom, and is a major force across the full spectrum of men’s and women’s college sports. We remain committed to, and confident in, the continued growth and vitality of the Big East Conference.

link Sports Illustrated: Big East, ACC caught in crossfire as conference realignment rages on

Now this is very interesting. Will a great season next year for the Friars set them up for a good place here?

The assumption has long been that if the Big East’s Catholic schools — Marquette, DePaul, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall, Georgetown — broke away, they’d raid the A-10 and form a Northeastern hoops super-conference.

That plan always included schools like Xavier, Dayton, Creighton, Siena and Butler. But what’s always kept this idea from gaining any momentum is that college basketball television ratings resemble those of late-night infomercials. The biggest regular season games can’t touch the Liberty Bowl in ratings.

So what could help college hoops and, perhaps, prompt some Big East teams to take a longer look elsewhere?

There has been preliminary and very informal discussion about whether a national basketball-only league could be formed if the Big East dissolves, according to a television executive.

Specific teams have not been talked about, but the thought would be to create a power basketball league that spans the country — think Georgetown to Gonzaga — that could maximize visibility, profitability and exposure, though it may continue to pale in comparison to football

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  1. Daniel James says:

    My statement would have been, “Eat shit and die, Rutgers”.

    I lost it.