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The recruits had the best seats in the house

Adam Zagoria posted two articles today about the 2013 recruits who attended Late Night Madness on Friday night. In a shocking revelation, both said IT WAS GOOD. Seriously though, do recruits ever say otherwise regarding their visits? Perhaps it would have been better if they said it was “really good” or “very good”, instead of just plain “good” or “pretty good”. Zomg we have no shot! Move on to 2014. Am I reading too much into this? Regardless, it was encouraging to hear the things Patterson had to say about Ed Cooley.

Ron Patterson

“It went good,” the 6-foot-2, 200-pound shooting guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy told Sunday. “They have a nice gym. They said I would be a go-to guy, like a scorer.”

Patterson said he likes head coach Ed Cooley’s approach.

“He has a real posiitve attitude about my recruiting process,” Patterson said. “He recruits hard, he’s real cool. He’s different than other coaches.”

Brandon Austin

“It was pretty good,” the former Penn State commit told Sunday night.

“I liked the school, the community, the team, the coaching staff, all that.

“[Coach Cooley] said I would come right in and play up and down. Give me the ball [and] try to build a team around me and Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn.”

“I’m a point guard,” he said. “I played the wing. I’m a point guard.”

As expected, both of these players are not deciding anything just yet. Brandon Austin is heading to UConn next weekend, and Ron Patterson will be taking an official at SMU on Wednesday.

Providence currently only has 1 more scholarship to give for next year’s class.

Josh Sharma to Attend Late Night Madness

dave@friarblog —  October 12th, 2012 9:48 AM —  Comments

iPer a source, Josh Sharma will be attending tonight’s Late Night Madness festivities  Sharma is a 7 foot 205 lb. center in the class of 2015. He plays at Northfield Mount Herman High School in Massachuets, and for the Mass Rivals AAU team.

Here is a small blurb from ESPN’s scouting report back in May:

Sharma is long, mobile, and athletic with signs of being able to develop into a skilled face-up type big man. He moves with ease, covers a lot of ground quickly, and gets off his feet in a hurry

Sharma visited PC over the summer along with a ton of other local talent including Noah Vonleh, Kaleb Joseph, Matt Cimino, Jalen Adams, and Jeremy Miller. He currently has offers from PC, UMass, and Lehigh

Check out some videos after the jump:

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Aaron Falzon to Attend Late Night Madness

dave@friarblog —  October 10th, 2012 8:59 PM —  Comments

AaronFalzon2Another night, another Late Night Madness visitor! I hope there is going to be enough room in the new gym to house these kids. Friarblog has learned that Aaron Falzon (2015), a 6-8 PF from St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, will join the growing list of recruits on Friday. Over the summer Cox Sports reported that Falzon was hearing from such teams as Boston College, UMASS, Duke, Ohio State, UCLA and Stanford. PC has been recruiting him since last year.

Falzon doesn’t appear to be on any national lists as of yet (ESPN only does Top 25 for that class, and I’m not sure if there are others that do), but New England Recruiting Report has him listed as the #1 PF in the 2015 rankings for Massachusetts.

From a Rivals article about the Elite 75 in July:

Aaron Falzon: Adding strength has brought another dimension to Falzon’s game that was not as prevalent during the prep season. The 6-foot-8 forward displayed a nice touch from outside, but his willingness to attack the rim and draw contact was the most impressive portion of his performance.

Falzon joins Jarred Reuter as a member of the 2015 class attending Late Night Madness.


Ron Patterson to Attend Late Night Madness

Jarred Reuter to Attend Late Night Madness

Brandon Austin to Attend Late Night Madness

Kahari Beaufort to Attend Late Night Madness

bildeThe Late Night Madness visitor list continues to grow with important recruits. Brian Snow from Scout tweeted this morning that 2013 guard Ron Patterson (former Indiana commit, now at Brewster Academy) will be taking an unofficial visit to PC on Friday night.

Patterson is a crazy athletic 6-3 shooting guard who excels on the defensive end. Does the staff also see him as a point guard? If he can play great defense I don’t think we care. There is an obvious need for a backup PG, but sounds like Cooley is targeting players and not positions.

Cooley and his staff have been on Patterson extremely hard since his recruitment opened back up. Here is the timeline of events:

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JReuterI got word that Jarred Reuter, a 6-8 250 lb. power forward in the class of 2015, will also be attending Late Night Madness on Friday. He plays at Tabor Academy in Rochester, MA. ESPN had him ranked #18 in the 2015 class at one point over the summer, but he is currently out of the top 25.

He already has offers from UConn, Florida, BC, Indiana, Rutgers, and St. John’s.

UPDATE: Reuter confirmed to me on Twitter that he will in fact be attending the festivities on Friday night.

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Adam Zagoria tweeted today that 2013 F Brandon Austin will be visiting Providence on Friday. He didn’t mention anything about Late Night Madness, but Austin already visited PC last month so it seems highly likely. After that visit Austin reportedly cut the Friars off his list, but Cooley was rumored to have made a recent in-home visit to get them back in the mix. Remember, Providence needs a point guard next year. At 6-6 Brandon Austin is listed as a small forward, but Kevin McNamara noted last week that Providence sees him as a point guard. Could it give PC an edge here? Hopefully more than the possibly of teaming up with with Rysheed Jordan (ranked #64 by ESPN in 2013), as noted over the weekend.


Jarred Reuter to Attend Late Night Madness Kahari Beaufort to Attend Late Night Madness

Kahari Beaufort, a 6-4 combo guard from the class of 2014, announced on Twitter that he will be attending Providence’s Late Night Madness this coming Friday.

Looks like I will he attending providence midnight madness next week #providence
Kahari beaufort
The Connecticut native is ranked in the top 50 in various publications, and has some ties to the UConn program. He was originally planning on attending UConn’s midnight madness, but changed his mind in favor of Ed Cooley. Get used to that, Huskies! Beaufort is the first known recruit to be attending the festivities so far, which will certainly focus on members of the 2014 class. Here is a highlight tape from last year of Beaufort. Here is an interview with him from over the summer. Beaufort has offers from Providence, Drexel, Baylor, and Miami so far, but has Pittsburgh, Iowa, Rutgers, UConn, and Fordham according to the New England Recruiting Report.

Dayshon Smith to Dayton

dave@friarblog —  October 5th, 2012 7:21 PM —  Comments

With Vincent Council graduating next year, finding another point guard has become one of the top priorities for the final spot (assuming everything holds) to fill out the 2013 class. The point guard most likely at the top of Cooley’s list was Dayshon Smith, who took multiple visits last month and has had the Friars on his mind since last year.

Adam Finkelstein reported this evening that Smith has committed to Dayton, where he had also recently visited. Sounds like he was looking to play right away, something Cooley couldn’t offer with Kris Dunn at the helm.

“After those two visits I felt comfortable making my decision,” Smith said. “Dayton did a great job recruiting me. They had a good connection with my family and they didnt miss a game all summer.”

At Dayton, Smith expects to slide over to point guard on a permanent basis.

“They said I would come in and play right away,” he said. “I would have the ball in my hands and be the focal point.”

With Dayshon Smith off the board, it now remains to be seen if the staff will try to go after guys who are not true point guards (like Brandon Austin) or go hard after some other remaining PG like Shane Rector.


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According to multiple reports, Ed Cooley picked up his first true member of the 2013 recruiting class by getting a commitment from Rodney Bullock. The 6-7 185 lb. forward from Kecoughtan High School in Virginia (where current Friar Josh Fortune is from) visited campus for an official visit this past weekend and apparently didn’t need to look at anywhere else. He was so excited, he called Cooley at 6AM to commit. Good thing we know Ed is an early riser! Would have hated that to go to voicemail.

Scouting reports talk about him being an athletic combo forward with great rebounding skills who can score from all over the court. Hmm, is this Henton 2.0? Maybe not exactly since it sounds like he will play the wing, but have to love a guy who just knows how to score (Bullock has 1,114 points heading into his senior year).

Bottom Line:
Bullock is a athletic forward that is a terrific rebounder and can step out and hit jumpers to the arc. With time and space. He competes and affects the game with his length and athletic ability. Bullock must add strength and improving his ball handling but has great upside.

He will join Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris as new members of next year’s front court, to go along with Kadeem Batts, Sidiki Johnson, Brice Kofane, and Lee Goldsbrough. Hello front court depth!

If everything stays as it is, Providence will have one more remaining scholarship for next season.


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2013 wing Byron “Bo” Zeigler has cut his list down to Providence, Iowa State, and South Florida according to a tweet by @scoopIPS. According to them, he will also be announcing his decision on the first day of the fall signing period (November 14th). From all accounts it looks like Zeigler is an athletic wing who excels in transition.

ESPN Profile

Byron is a long and athletic wing with solid skills and top level athletic ability. He is a beast in transition where he can finish well above the rim. He has the ability to score with either hand in the paint which makes him tough to stop when he slashes to the basket or posts up. He is good off the dribble getting into the paint going either left or right also.

His jump shot is developing so it is streaky right now but he has above average mechanics so he only needs repetitions in order to become a solid shooter.

Bottom Line:
Zeigler’s length and athletic ability allow him to be a solid shotblocker for his position. He has the potential to be a lock down defender once he adds more strength and effort. At that point he can be impactful on that end of the court.

Rivals Profile

Zeigler received an offer from Providence back in September of last year. He had other offers from UConn, Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, Dayton, and Iowa.

Trey Zeigler, Bo’s cousin, will play for Pittsburgh this season after transferring from Central Michigan after his Dad was fired as coach there.

Here is a latest workout video of Zeigler.

Here is an interview with him from a few months ago at an Adidas camp.

Here is a little mix from last year from PrepHoopsTV