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The Friar Daily 8.28.12

dave@friarblog —  August 28th, 2012 10:35 PM —  Comments

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

linkESPN: Dayshon Smith is more than a scorer now

Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith was on campus today for an unofficial visit. The 2013 PG is now ranked #121 in Rivals and has seen his stock rise over the past year. He’s had interest in Providence since last year (although not sure where Cooley’s interest was), but now the big boys are starting to come out after only having low major interest initially. With the Friars losing out on Josh Brown (see below), looks like Scoochie would be another solid guard addition.

As he started to project as a big point who could create as well as shoot the 3, Smith started to appeal to higher level schools, and while he’s happy to get the opportunity to prove he could play the point, he isn’t the type to spend too much time worrying about what position he’ll play at the next level.

“Hopefully I’ll be playing on the ball, but again, it’s whatever the team needs,” he said. “If they need me off that ball I’m fine with that.”

On the recruiting front, Smith claims offers from Illinois, Dayton, Rhode Island, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Drexel along with a long list of other mid-major programs.

Syracuse, Providence, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Indiana are all showing additional interest and Smith is expecting to unofficially visit Syracuse on Tuesday.

link GoLocalProv: Temple 2, Providence 0

Yeah, I’m really starting to dislike Temple. Like on a Villanova hating Temple level. And they are not even in the BIG EAST yet! Next year’s in conference battle is going to be interesting (although at least we won’t have to see Jake O’Brien).

Brown is choosing Temple to honor the memory of his late mother. She attended Temple and died before Brown turned 2 years old.

Brown thanked PC’s Ed Cooley, URI’s Dan Hurley and Penn State’s Pat Chambers for recruiting him. He also thanked his high school coach – Dan Hurley – the father of URI’s new head coach.

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This is a guest post by @Craigl78. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his stuff on all of the Friar messageboards.

1. July Live Period

This week marks the first of three live periods in July where coaches can once again evaluate and recruit players. Up until now it seems like High Major programs including PC have offered scores of players. Pay close attention to where the staff is during July and who they are watching and you will know who the staff is really serious about. Early returns this week place Ed Cooley at the Addidas Invitational and he has been paying particularly close attention to the Mass Rivals team ( Noah Vonleh, Matt Cimino, Josh Sharma, Jeremy Miller, and Kaleb Joseph). Let’s see where else the staff pops up and who they are watching.

2. The Saga of Kiwi Gardner

Will he be a Friar or won’t he? The latest is that a final decision may not be made until September. Stay tuned. Until then, expect a few more Youtube videos to come out from the San Francisco Pro-Am League.

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Dr. Dre’s Detox album. Half-Life 3. Sin City 2. These are just a few of the sequels that will probably never come to pass. But after much delay, part two of Transfer Talk will (thankfully) not be in the company of these mythos.

Hopefully it won't be in the company of this P.O.S. either.

A lot has happened since part one. Bryce Cotton was rumored to be leaving the Friars thanks to some dumb-dumb with a keyboard. Then we supposedly lost Lee Goldsbrough. Then a potential transfer committed to Maryland. Then we lost out on Orlando Sanchez to St. John’s. Then I managed to cause uproar over the title of an article (and in the process wrote one of the most successful articles in the history of both Scout Friars and my budding journalism career). But that’s all in the past because reinforcements are on the way and here, now, in part two, we’re talking about them! Continue Reading…

via FriarTV

Point guard Ian Baker has once again committed to the Friars according to his AAU coach. Baker gave a verbal a few weeks ago, but ended up thinking twice about it by doing such crazy things as “visiting Seton Hall”. If you voluntarily hit up South Orange, you mean business. Anyways, according to Adam Zagoria he will play for the Friars next year. I’ll wait until he officially signs.

The news comes hours after all the Bryce Cotton transferring drama. Are the two events related?

Arlington Country Day G Ian Baker is now fully committed to Providence, Antwan Tennell told @
@AdamZagoria
Adam Zagoria

Several weeks ago, Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal reported that Ian Baker had committed to the Friars. In the article, his high school coach Rex Morgan was quoted as saying Baker accepted PC’s offer. Well Baker’s AAU coach Antwain Tennell thinks the recruitment is still open, and seems to be right. The PG was apparently at Seton Hall visiting this weekend. What is in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?

Per DH Warriors AAU Coach Antwain Tennell, Ian Baker is not committed to Providence. Baker did visit Seton Hall this past wkend.
@WillGunter247
William Gunter

Update: According to a @ZagsBlog tweet, his AAU coach said Baker is still leaning towards PC.

H/T @SOrangeJuice

Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal has reported that Ian Baker, a 2012 PG from Washington, DC, has committed to the Friars and will sign in a few weeks.

Friars continue to remake backcourt; will add Ian Baker

Baker was recruited by PC last summer but he ended up choosing South Carolina when PC received a verbal commitment from guard Kris Dunn. Dunn signed with PC last fall and became a McDonald’s All-American. Baker never signed with USC, however, and came back on the market in December. Now Baker is planning on signing with Providence in the spring period in two weeks.

With Vincent Council recently announcing he would return for next year and Kris Dunn on his way, the Friars are either going to be incredibly deep at the PG position (is it me, or have we had 1 PG every year for the last 10 years), or Kiwi Gardner isn’t in the plans. Either way, it’s another scholarship add, so obviously more transfers are coming (Coleman, Giplaye).

Here is more about Ian Baker from ESPN back in June of 2011.

Strengths:
Native of the Baltimore/DC corridor. Baker is a fusion of scoring and passing from the point guard position. He can get in lane and create scoring chances. Confident player and he’ll take his medicine and get to the line. Has the ability to run a team and play effectively in the halfcourt.

Weaknesses:
Baker’s biggest nemesis is decision making. He’s prone to going for the home run pass opting for the reward over the risk. Must value the basketball and become a better shooter from behind the line. Size is a question mark at the highest level. Keeping the assist to turnover ration in good shape is important.

Bottom Line:
Baker tracks as a very good mid-major recruit, the kind that would typically find a home in the A10. Big schools, given the state of the point guard play in the class will look his way. First tier mid-major recruit who will get sniffs from BCS leagues.