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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.

Friartown News and Notes 10.2.12

dave@friarblog —  October 2nd, 2012 9:44 PM —  Comments

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

picture Bad Marvin’s Time Machine Tumblr

Eric Murdock rocking the classic uni’s.

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link BIG EAST Pinterest: 2012-13 MBB Player of the Year Candidates

This doesn’t appear to be an official list or anything, but Vincent Council is one of 9 players listed as candidates for BIG EAST preseason Player of the Year. I’m guessing Peyton Siva gets it here, mainly because Louisville is the #1 team. I am eagerly awaiting their matchup in the BIG EAST opener.

Shabazz Napier, UConn
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
Otto Porter, Georgetown
Vincent Council, Providence
Petyon Siva, Louisville
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Branon Triche, Syracuse
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

notes Missed this on Sunday, but Rodney Bullock (who visted PC last weekend) tweeted that he will make a decision after two more visits. Where could be looking to check out? He has other offers from UMAss, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Miami. You think he would have checked out UMass while in New England, so probably assume they are no longer involved. All three ACC schools could be in play here.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.1.12

dave@friarblog —  October 1st, 2012 9:26 PM —  Comments

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October, and the month where practice officially kicks off is finally here. September is gone, and so is the “Friar Daily” name. Welcome to Friartown News and Notes. Do you have a cool pic with you and your Friar gear, or anything PC basketball related? Email it to friarblog@gmail.com and get it featured here!

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The Brooklyn Nets had their Media Day today, and I came across this image of Marshon. Can you blame him for posing like this? It’s the only tactic Keno Davis taught him on defense in three years, and must be hard habit to break. It’s called the scarecrow!

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notes Rodney Bullock tweeted this weekend that he had an “amazing” time at his visit. Good work Mr. Fortune. I never saw anything official online saying there was an offer out, but Bullock did confirm to me that he holds an offer from Providence.

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The Friar Daily 9.27.12

dave@friarblog —  September 27th, 2012 9:23 PM —  Comments

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This gave me a nice LOL this morning. “The Brooklyn Nets released photos of the cheerleaders’ outfits today. I might be Clueless, but haven’t I seen those somewhere before?” They will be cheering on Marshon this year!

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notes 6-7 SF Rodney Bullock, from the same high school that Josh Fortune hails from in Virginia, landed in Providence tonight for his official visit this weekend according to his own Tweet.

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The Friar Daily 9.26.12

dave@friarblog —  September 26th, 2012 9:26 PM —  Comments

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Who wants to play some Friars cornhole? I must have this.

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link ProJo: What you see isn’t exactly what you’ll get

Great article by Kevin McNamara on the upcoming season, including the great revelation that Ed Cooley calls Ted Bancroft “White Lightning”. Reminds me of that awesome cameo from Jesse Ventura in the move “Major League”. BLACK HAMMER / WHITE LIGHTNING. “Mine fell the hardest!”. “Mine are the deadest”. “HAHAHAHAHA”. Watch out BIG EAST foes, you are going to be the deadest with Teddy B on the court.

As for the seven players who will begin the season, Cooley is impressed and says the group is “light years ahead” of where the Friars were a year ago.

“Just the pace of what we do at practice, the way we run, the intensity and, of course, the skill level. We’re moving in the right direction,” he says.

notes The Kevin McNamara article also confirms some the suspicions lately about recruiting for 2013. The staff is heavily focusing on 2014, but they would like to add another PG to replace Council. I don’t think we are in for any big splashes other than possibly Russ “the Buss” Patterson or Dayshon Smith.

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The Friar Daily 9.25.12

dave@friarblog —  September 25th, 2012 7:53 PM —  Comments

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picture Deron Williams Instagram

Deron Williams said he was enjoying some popcorn out of “Rook” Marshon Brooks’ car with Reggie Evans. I guess since they technically haven’t started the season yet, Marshon is still considered a rookie? That’s rough. If that was kettle corn though, I would actually be pretty siked to find that in my car. Mmm, salty and sweet. I don’t know if I would be eating it with my shirt off though.

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youtube YouTube: Bryce Cotton Ready for 2012 Season

And I am ready for ICE Cotton. We need to get Cox Sports on board with this. Remember when Cotton almost transferred this offseason? That sucked. Cooley keeping him on board was just as good as adding a good recruit IMO.

notes New England Hoops News reported that Florida State is the latest school to offer both Jared Terrell and Abdul-Malik Abu. They don’t know if the two 2014 big prospects are a package deal quite yet, but there are over 10 schools that have offers out to both. PC is one of the schools in hot pursuit, and they have already been on campus for visits.

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The Friar Daily 9.21.12

dave@friarblog —  September 21st, 2012 9:53 PM —  Comments

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picture Kevin Love Instagram

Look at our Doris, hanging out with Kevin Love and Magic.

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link Rant Sports: Big East Player to Watch: LaDontae Henton (Providence)

Ryan Gomes freshman year: 13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
LaDontae Henton freshman year: 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Ryan Gomes sophomore year: 18.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg
LaDontae Henton sophomore year: ???

And remember, Henton is already a surprisingly good three point shooter. Ryan Gomes didn’t make a three until his All-American junior year!

Henton also has a nose for the ball. Especially on the glass, he simply knows where to be, a skill that cannot be taught. The fact that he is the Big East’s No. 3 returning rebounder can at least partially be attributed to his understanding of location — the rest, obviously, to his ability to gain position.

And then there’s his smoothness and versatility on offense. Whether he’s down low, on the go, or pulling up from mid-range or deep, Henton is a threat to score. He can even make things happen with the ball in his hands in transition. With his size and versatility, Henton will be the benefactor of many a mismatch. And that trend will only become more prevalent in his game as he hones his already impressive skill set.

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The Friar Daily 9.20.12

dave@friarblog —  September 20th, 2012 8:59 PM —  Comments

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Look at that form. Next year. *Deep breath*.

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link Severe, Martin to Visit Rhode Island Friday (UPDATED)

Hassan Martin, 2013 forward, has Providence in his final 3 according to his AAU coach. Iowa State was nixed apparently. He is visiting URI this weekend, but not sure why he wouldn’t also hit up PC. Lots of recruiting battles going on between Cooley and Hurley! They both are also in the mix for 2013 guard E.C. Matthews.

Martin is a 6-7, 190-pound power forward from Curtis on Staten Island who visited Rhode Island unofficially in June.

“I think he’s down to Rhode Island, Providence and St. Joe’s,” said Chris Alesi, Martin’s AAU coach with New Heights.

Alesi said “he’s going to be a kid that has a chance to be a high-impact player depending on where he goes. He’s got the potential to be a wing down the road. He’s skinny but real, real athletic. He’s a real big-time athlete.”

notes Got confirmation that Coach Cooley was in Indy yesterday meeting with 2013 guard Ron Patterson’s parents. Not sure how it went yet, but I bet the rents want him to come east!

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The Friar Daily 9.17.12

dave@friarblog —  September 17th, 2012 9:15 PM —  Comments

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picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

I’m not sure what the team was doing this weekend to get all spruced up together, but this picture is pretty awesome. Council with the three-point… monocle?  Check out Ricky back there (he’s still here!!). Ice Cotton looks like the assassin he is out on the court when his three is falling.

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youtube YouTube: Abdul Malik Abu Workout

Abdul Malik Abu has to be near the top of the list for highly ranked yet attainable 2014 targets for Ed Cooley and the Friars. Cooley made a trip up to Boston last week to see the talented forward. What did he see? Probably something like this – Here is a workout video of him from Hoop Dreams Magazine. I prefer the Shake Weight to hone all of my general physical skills, but this seems like a perfectly fine workout for basketball reasons.

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The Friar Daily 9.10.12

dave@friarblog —  September 10th, 2012 8:45 PM —  Comments

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notes Lot’s of recruiting action today as the September contact period is kicked off. You can scratch off Brandon Austin off the list, as Adam Zagoria tweeted that he was no longer considering PC. The Providence coaching staff was hard at work all over the country. Kevin McNamara reported that some staff were in Michigan to see 2014 shooting guard E.C. Matthews (ESPN #85, Rivals #92). The Putnam Science Academy (where Dayshon Smith plays) Twitter account also mentioned that someone from Providence was there to see their 4 on 4 scrimmage action. Ed Cooley? He’s in Nashville, Tennessee trying to reel in a highly touted recruit.

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