Archives For 2012-2013 Player Previews

councilLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

#3. Bryce Cotton

#2. LaDontae Henton

#1. Vincent Council

On the road to a potential All-BIG EAST First Team performance while breaking Vinnie DeGregorio’s all-time assist record at Providence College, Vincent Council will surely get his fair due of recognition in his final college basketball season. The question is, will Council be able to lift up and lead his teammates to more wins than the 4 BIG EAST games won in each of his first three seasons?

Resources: Friars.com Profile

Nickname: VC

Follow: @V_Council32 (private)

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Stud stats: It was pretty amazing how Council held up despite being on the court for practically every minute of the season. With a much higher usage rate, VC got an assist on 43% of his possessions leading to 7.5 assists per game (4th ranked nationally, 1st in the BIG EAST). In nine games he had double digit assists, six coming in conference play.

Dud stats: Constantly driving at breakneak speed with not a lot of guys that can finish for you can have some drawbacks. Council’s decision making and carelessness sometimes led to games with large amount of turnovers. In the first three BIG EAST games, VC upt up 19 total turnovers. Overall he had 5 games where he turned the ball over at least 5 times, all resulting in PC losses. Additionally, Council didn’t have an all around great shooting year (29% from three, 39.1% overall).

I know what you did last summer: Played in some games at the Dyckman Tournament in NY.

Know your role: As the lone senior on the team who has by far the most game experience, Council is the leader of the team. The ball will be in his hands most of time, and the team will generally go as he does. PC now has several shooters capable of producing on offense, so Council will not be as pressured to carry the offense all the time. They just need to get open, and he will find them. One thing to watch this season is how Cooley uses him at the point guard position once Kris Dunn is healthy. If Council has improved his shooting, he can potentially play off the ball every now and then and be a lot less taxed towards the end of the season.

Relevant Tune: You Carried Us – Portugal. The Man.

You carried us all
Down from the stars
And up from the sea (Where everybody knew)
All you see, and all you hear
Is all you need, and all you breathe
While you create
And it’s in your mind

If Vincent Council was a TV Show: Fringe – In my opinion, one of the best shows out there. It’s very well received in the TV media community, but not everyone really knows about it. Sadly, it’s also in it’s last season but should go out with a bang.

Best case scenario: Council puts a stamp on his Friar legacy with tremendous all around season that leads to as many conference wins as the last two seasons combined. A vastly improved long range shot gives PC four players capable of consistently knocking down the shot, taking some of the pressure off of the front court. The addition of Kris Dunn in December allows Council to further grow his game, and helps him stay fresh March. The biggest part of the season for him comes at the Garden, where Council’s dominance helps PC win two BIG EAST Tourney games. First Team All-BIG EAST. Stats: 19 points per game, 8 assists per game, 46 FG %, 37% from downtown.

Worst case scenario: Council puts up strong overall numbers again, but shows some slight regression on offense to keep him from taking the step forward as the best in the country. His three point shot just doesn’t seem to click, and turnovers spurts keep the Friars from maintaining a consistent offense in BIG EAST play. Vince still needs to play 40 minutes per game, and he tails off towards the end of the season, culminating in another bad loss in the BIG EAST Tournament to close out his PC career. 2nd Team All BIG EAST. Stats: 39.999999 minutes per game, 16 points per game, 40% fg, 7.5 assists per game.

bucketsLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

#3. Bryce Cotton

#2. LaDontae Henton

As Ed Cooley’s first ever recruit during his first few months on the job, Henton proved that recruiting rankings are sometimes garbage. The 6-6 forward from Michigan became an instant fan favorite due to his overall knack for the ball and ability to score from everywhere. In the offseason that saw lots of misses for additional big men, constant wondering about Ricky Ledo’s status, and lots praying for Kris Dunn’s shoulder, Friartown sometimes forgot Henton was still here and ready to build on one of the best freshman seasons in PC history.

Resources: Friars.com Profile

Nickname: Buckets

Follow: Twitter: @HentonBuckets23, Instagram: henton23

Stud stats: On the way to breaking Ryan Gomes’ freshman scoring record at PC, LaDontae Henton put up nine double-doubles (six coming in BIG EAST play). One of his most impressive performances came in a rare road win at DePaul. Henton had 24 points and 15 rebounds, including the game winning jumper with a few seconds left. Shot an impressive 39.3% from behind the arc.

Dud stats: The one area statistically that Henton didn’t really excel in was passing. He got an assist on only 6.5% of his possessions, leading to 1.1 assists per game. It’s not like he was a ball hog or anything, just a potential area of improvement to keep an eye on this season.

I know what you did last summer: LaDontae Henton was a late addition to the Global Sports Academy Tour in August. He played with Bryce Cotton in Germany, Belgium, and France. Buckets and Ice! You can read about their trip in an interview I did with their coach.

Know your role: With a lot of questions surrounding the other members of the front court, Henton is likely to see a ton of minutes once again. While the roster tries to survive the early part of the season, he will be counted on to help shoulder the offensive load along with Council and Cotton. Overall, Henton will be the team’s top rebounder who steps up in key moments on both ends of the floor against the best competition in the BIG EAST.

Relevant Tune: Say Yes! To Michigan! – Sufjan Stevens

Tried to change the
Made in Michigan
I was raised, I was raised
In the place, in the place,
part to remind me.

If LaDontae Henton was a TV Show: Person of Interest – I started watching this show on CBS when it debuted last season. I really wasn’t expecting much, but it had Ben from Lost so it seemed somewhat interesting. Well, it turned out to be AWESOME, and is now one of my favorite shows on TV right how. The main character kicks ass, there is a lot of action and drama, the story is amazing, and it even makes me laugh. It can do it all.

Best case scenario: Henton’s overall numbers as a freshman were very similar to Gomes’ first year as a Friar (which famously started late because he almost got redshirted). With increased efficiency in addition to his continued strong outside shooting, Henton follows in the footsteps of the Friar legend and comes very close to duplicating his 18/9 sophomore season.

Worst case scenario: An increased workload somewhat diminishes Henton’s production, and he isn’t able to build on his BIG EAST All-Rookie season. The three point shot doesn’t fall as often, and defenses are really able to lock down his inside game. The rebounding is still there, but Henton takes a step back and doesn’t play like the number two scoring option as he did last year. Stats: 32 minutes per game, 11 ppg, 8 rpg.

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Can Cotton shoot 40% from three this year?

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

#3. Bryce Cotton

Last season Bryce Cotton exceeded all expectations and become one of the better long range shooters in the conference. Early on in the year there were questions if Cotton’s strong play would hold up as the competition level increased. How did Ice respond? Nobody made more threes in BIG EAST play (well D’Angelo Harrison had the same amount in less attempts, but technically nobody had more makes). The question this season will be if Cotton can follow up his impressive sophomore year with the same or more production on a more consitent basis with increased expectations.

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Dunn will likely spend 2012 on the bench

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn was Providence’s first recruit to be an McDonald’s All-American since God Shammgod in 1995. Along with Ricardo Ledo, he headlined a highly rated recruiting class that unfortunately may not be completely realized until next season. As Ledo works out his partial qualifier status, Kris Dunn needs to heal from an injured shoulder that will keep him off the court until December or January (if everything goes as expected). His return will give Ed Cooley and the Friars a boost of talent and much needed depth, and hopefully provide fans a taste of great things to come.

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Photo by Kadeem Batts via Instagram

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

Exactly a year ago, Kadeem Batts was starting his 1st semester suspension for violating team rules. This apparent off the court issue set the tone for a disappointing season on the court. Heading into his junior year, Batts’ mindset appears to be quite different. He’s all-in on Ed Cooley, and looking to be a leader of the team.

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(Photo by Kevin Reilly)

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

While introducing him as part of the recruiting class last year, Ed Cooley dubbed Josh Fortune from Virginia as the “Silent Weapon”. With the much publicized status of the other members of the class, all eyes will be on Josh Fortune to represent Cooley’s once heralded class.

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sidikiLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

While it remains to be seen when Sidiki Johnson will suit up for the first time (he enrolled 2nd semester last year so must sit out until at least December 18th), early signs of his turnaround after a lost season at Arizona last year are very promising. Johnson, a former Top-100 recruit, will try to fill in the “void” left by Bilal Dixon and Ron Giplaye transferring out of the program.

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Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

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Kofane worked out with Kadeem Batts over the summer in Jersey. I know it’s Instagram filtered and all, but yeah he looks stronger..

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

Forward Brice Kofane enters his 2nd full season with the Friars after redshirting in Keno Davis’ final season. Among all the different storylines for the rest of the team, Friartown will be looking to see if Kofane can take a step forward offensively, while becoming a force defensively on a more consistent basis.

ResourcesFriars.com ProfileStatSheet.com

Follow: Twitter: @BFL_Brice13 (Protected Tweets, and he blocked me like a weak shot in the lane), Instagram: Bricekof13

Stud stats: Kofane had several great defensive games during out of conference play, most notably when he blocked 7 shots (and altering a host of others) to help drive a victory over BC. He posted double-digit rebounds twice, in wins over Holy Cross (12 boards) and URI (10).

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leeLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

Forward Lee Goldsbrough enters his junior season with not a lot of expectations, but someone who can potentially play an important role off the bench early on in the season and going forward.

Resources: Friars.com Profile, StatSheet.com

Follow: @GeordieFriar

Stud stats: In back to back wins against Florida A&M and Southern, Goldsbrough played over 20 minutes a game and was active on the glass pulling down 6 rebounds in each contest. In the Florida A&M game he even added 2 assists, a steal, and a block.

Dud stats: Goldsbrough played a total of 50 minutes in conference play last season. Vincent Council blew through that in 3 halves! 19 of those 50 minutes came during one of the South Florida games.

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