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Actual photo of Warrior Friar at 12:30 PM, Mal Brown game.

You know how that old rhyme goes. First comes fall, then comes madness, then comes a scrimmage before the season happens.

…Well it goes something like that anyway. No matter; this past Saturday was our first preview of the 2012-2013 men’s basketball squad. Featuring a renovated alumni gym, a slew of new players, and – finally – some basketball!

This being the only time some of the players would get to play in front of the public this season, there was definitely some curiosity for how the performance would be. What would Ledo look like? How are Harris and Carson D? Will Vincent Council live up to expectations? While it’s only an exhibition, I left the campus with some good impressions of this years squad – both playing and non-playing alike. Here’s my Five Factors from the Mal Brown scrimmage:

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Friartown News and Notes 10.15.12

dave@friarblog —  October 15th, 2012 9:31 PM —  Comments

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

Providence fans finally got to see Ricky Ledo perform some basketball activities at Late Night Madness. Is it possible that Ledo could still be able to play this season? Word is that PC is trying to get a waiver in order for Ricky to be eligible for the 2nd semester if they can show academic progress. It’s unclear of the timeframe or how likely it will be granted, but having Ed Cooley fight on Ledo’s behalf certainly gives hope.


notes After all of the hoopla of Late Night Madness with recruits visiting, gangnam style dances, and dunk contests, you might have forgotten that practices have been underway. So far here is what I’ve heard: Josh Fortune and Vincent Council seem to be in sync already, which is going to be huge for the freshman sharpshooter with potential big minutes coming right away. Over the years we’ve seen various players fail to finish on amazing Council passes. If Fortune can get open, Council can put him into a position to be another Ice Cotton out on the court and see his assists pile up. LaDontae Henton is also continuing to show a great 3-point shot after surpsing everyone with 44 makes (and 39.3%) from downtown last year. What else is new — all he does is make buckets. Nothing to see here, move along. Brice Kofane is showing some improvement offensively, which is a must since he will see plenty of time to start the season. Everyone is talking about if Kadeem Batts can take a big step forward this year, and looking to see if he can show the same physical presence as he did in the Louisville win last year. So far he’s still taking the outside shot. That  is certainly a big weapon (remember the close Syracuse game?), but PC needs a physical body down low.

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Providence College Athletics held its winter sport season ticket holder event on Thursday evening on campus at Peterson Recreation Center. Men’s Basketball served as the centerpiece on a table filled with confidence and optimism.

The turnout was great. Best guess is nearly 1000 in attendance. The voice of Providence College Friar Men’s Basketball, John Rooke, served as emcee, opening the event with a few remarks to set the stage as the Friar Faithful feasted on a buffet that featured burgers and ribs. Yours truly did not partake as I had stopped by the Italian Corner Deli in East Providence prior to the festivities for what was a phenomenal eggplant grinder (Sandwich #9 on the menu board if you are scoring at home). There was also a cash bar (notice lack of mention of my not partaking here).

Italian Corner Deli

It’s All About the #9 (Photo Courtesy of Italian Corner’s Facebook Page)

The entire Men’s Basketball team was in attendance, including players currently not on the active roster but who figure immensely in the optimism: Ricky Ledo (backpack in tow), Sidiki Johnson (rocking an old school-themed Friar lid), as well as the hatless Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris. As @RayWolslegel33 pointed out to me, tonight was notable in contrast to the Keno era, where two years ago there were maybe two or three players at this event.

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The Friar Daily 9.28.12

dave@friarblog —  September 28th, 2012 9:12 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Carson Desrosiers Tweet

The boys are looking sharp in the official team photo. What I would give to have all 13 of these guys play this season. Come on, Kris Dunn’s shoulder looks FINE. Get him out on the court! Man, Carson Desrosiers is tall. He should also be proud because he is also the tannest white dude, as an astute person tweets.


notes Rodney Bullock was on his official visit today. According to Steve Hartnett on Twitter, assistant coach Andre LaFleur was the lead recruiter. Of course it had to be a crappy rainy day.

notes 2013 Combo guard Rene Castro was rumored to visit campus this afternoon for an unofficial. Castro, who plays at Worcester Academy, has seen his stock fall over the last year after seeing big interest from such teams as Pitt this past spring. I’ve heard George Washington is one of the leaders, and he has a lot of offers from other A-10 schools. Providence has not offered as of yet from what I understand.

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The Friar Daily 9.4.12

dave@friarblog —  September 4th, 2012 9:25 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

link GoLocalProv: Ledo: “I will play for PC”

No doubt the biggest news today was about…you guessed it! Ricky Ledo. Even if the NCAA rules him ineligible to play, Ledo says he will stay in school this year and play next season instead. Jeff Goodman is not impressed. I think we know why! It’s great news for sure, since the sting of losing him this season could be tolerated when dreaming of Ledo, a healthy Dunn, a junior Henton, and Tyler Harris / Carson Desrosiers ready to go. However, a lot can happen in a year…

More: Kevin McNamara on Ledo, ESPN blog post, NBC College Basketball Talk has learned that Providence College and Ledo should hear from the NCAA Eligibility Centerwithin the next 48 hours regarding Ledo’s status.

Ledo said, “even if that happens, I’m going to go to school here this year and play here next year.”

Cooley is also shocked at how much attention Ledo’s eligibility is receiving. “It could be a reality TV show for crying out loud,” he said. “Friar fans should know that regardless of what happens with Ricky, we’re having a season this year. We’ll have five Friars out on the floor this winter.”

link ESPN: 3-point shot: UCLA has time to clear players

Andy Katz kicked in some news regarding the Ledo stuff we already kind of knew about, in addition to an update about Kris Dunn. While comimg back for BIG EAST play was something Friartown was already expecting, it’s good to know that the first few months after his shoulder surgery have gone without any issues.

Providence starts school Tuesday and star freshman wing Ricky Ledo still doesn’t know if he’s been cleared yet by the NCAA eligibility center. Ledo went to four different high schools, raising red flags about his transcripts. Ledo was at Monday’s team meeting with head coach Ed Cooley and is expected to be in class Tuesday, even though he hasn’t been cleared yet. The Friars are down in numbers with only nine healthy/eligible players for the start of the fall semester. Guard Kris Dunn, the second-most touted PC recruit, is recovering from a torn labrum. Cooley said Monday that he expects Dunn to be playing by the time the Big East schedule begins in January.

notes I haven’t really seen this anywhere, but is it possible that the NCAA could clear Ledo just for the 2nd semester for academic reasons? Imagine that roster reload come BIG EAST play for the Friars? Sidiki Johnson, Kris Dunn, and Ricky Ledo?

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The Friar Daily 8.29.12

dave@friarblog —  August 29th, 2012 9:11 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

link Providence Journal: Ledo on PC campus for orientation; no NCAA word yet

Here is Kevin’s take on the Ledo stuff from this afternoon, including a Friarblog shoutout in the Projo!

For the record, the NCAA has NOT made a ruling on Ledo’s case. Many PC people were hoping definitive word would come down earlier this week but not yet. PC and the NCAA have been in steady communication about Ledo’s eligibility waiver for the last few weeks and everyone is hoping for a final decision by the end of this week.

picture DavidPreston_ Tweet

@PCAthletics on Twitter has been asking some trivia questions lately. Yesterday they asked who the Friars defeated in the Blizzard of ’78. I knew the answer was North Carolina, but tweeter David Preston went one step further and provided the actual ticket stub from the game! To think you could get a ticket for a THIRD of the price of a beer at The Dunk these days…


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Yesterday afternoon, multiple reports surfaced confirmed that center Carson Desrosiers would be transferring to the Providence Friars. Coming over from Wake Forest, the big man would be eligible to play for the 2013-2014 season.

Here is what was said around the web.

GoLocalProv: Friars finally get a big man – more on the way?

Desrosiers said via Twitter earlier Tuesday “Excited to be a new member of Friartown! Go Friars.” He also told via text message that he will “bring a different look at the five man than what PC has had in the past,” Desrosiers said. “I will be able to spread the floor to open up the paint as well as post up. I will be a presence in the paint defensively.”

Friar Basketball: 13 Things You Should Know about Carson Desrosiers

Desrosiers is a skilled seven footer with range beyond the three point arc and better than average ball skills for a big man. Listed at 210 pounds heading into college, Wake Forest had him at 240 this past season. Like many high school seven footers, Desrosiers was a skinny kid coming out of school, but what made him unique was a strong lower body. He’ll have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules, which may benefit him in the long term as he’ll have a full season to work on not only his game, but his strength. He’s a good, not great, shooter and a solid passer for a player his size. The hope is that he can round into a more versatile big, one capable of being a presence on the glass with additional strength training. Put simply, Providence is happy to take a seven footer with two years of ACC experience and his skill set. He’s a face-up big man, not the traditional low post banger, who will have two years of eligibility at PC.

Woonsocket Call: McGair: Friars look to max every ounce out of Desrosiers’ 7-foot frame

As the newest Providence College player at Ed Cooley’s disposal, Desrosiers automatically adds credibility to a Friar frontline that is crying out for size. In compliance with NCAA transfer rules, Desrosiers will sit out the 2012-13 season, which should hopefully allow him ample time to study and comprehend Cooley’s defensive philosophy.

As senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep noted in an email, “Desrosiers has two things that work: size and skill. I think if he comes in and gives (the Friars) good effort on the glass he should be a starter in the frontcourt. This next opportunity will be successful if he commits to getting on the glass.”

College Basketball Talk: Providence lands Wake Forest transfer Carson Desrosiers

Perhaps more important for Providence is that Cooley has landed another local star. Dunn is a native of New London, CT, while Ledo is from Providence. Desrosiers is from Windham, NH. Given that Cooley is, himself, a local product — he’s a native of Providence — it gives some hope to Friar fans.

ESPN Boston: Carson Desrosiers transferring to PC

The 6-foot-11 Windham, N.H. resident led Central Catholic to MIAA Division 1 state championships in 2008 and 2010, before moving on to Wake Forest. In two seasons in Winston-Salem, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, with 38 starts, and totaled 112 blocks. His 52 blocks in 2010-11 were the most by a Wake freshman since Tim Duncan.

Winston-Salem Journal: Desrosiers selects Providence