Welcome to the Friartown Roundtable, where all the best minds around Providence College Friars Basketball come together to discuss the latest topics around the team.
There is a ton of great reporting and analysis from various publications, blogs, and message boards to keep the Friar fan informed all throughout the year. I’d like to introduce a new feature here called the Friartown Roundtable that tries to bring all that together in one place to have the ultimate collection of expert opinion on the latest topics in PC basketball. In the future, I hope to also spur some discussion and debate around the same group. For the inaugural edition at the semester break, I just posed the following question:
What is YOUR biggest takeaway from the team after the first semester, and how do you see that changing with the guys coming back from injury/eligibility?
Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal; Twitter: @KevinMcNamara33
My biggest takeaway is the emergence of Kadeem Batts as a potentially high impact front court player in the Big East. No one, and I mean no one, had Batts scoring the ball with such productivity at this point in the season. He obviously has to prove he can remains major factor when the opponent meter jumps considerably in 3 weeks but all signs point to PC having a legit low post/high post big man scorer for the first time since Ryan Gomes.
John Rooke, GoLocalProv; Twitter: @JRBroadcaster
The biggest takeaway I have is this team’s ability to fight. They’ve gotten mentally tougher, and just seem more willing to scrap and claw…which they’ve obviously had to do. That, and Kadeem Batts’ improvement in the post. He can go with either hand, has a dead-eye shot from 18 feet…and is now a difficult match up for alot of bigs.
I don’t think that changes alot for him with Sidiki’s arrival…but also hope that the fight the team shows continues. I think it will, which hopefully bodes well for a successful conclusion.