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Friartown News and Notes 12.17.12

dave@friarblog —  December 17th, 2012 9:52 PM —  Comments

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



link A Jersey Guy: Big East ready to respond

So is this the Old Big East, or our basketball Big East? Can we use OBE and BBBE?

According to sources in the Big East, Arseco and company are planning on exploring  the following moves.

1.   Sell the name “”Big East”” to the basketball schools after getting some assurances from the NCAA that the cost of losing the Big East name will not cost them too much in the lucrative NCAA basketball tournament. If the name is sold to the new Big East, the old Big East will petition the NCAA to get a 32nd guaranteed spot for its champion.

Aresco’s contention is that a basketball league with Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple has a decent foundation to build.

2. Give East Carolina full membership (the original deal was football only) which would give the new league an Eastern group of Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Temple, East Carolina, Central Florida, Tulane and in 2015 Navy.

link College Basketball Talk: Cooley: “We’re excited” about move away from Big East


The Big East was changing every single day.  There were nontraditional schools being invited and I’m pretty sure it just wasn’t in the best interests of them all.  But we’re excited.  We’re real excited about the direction. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, I just know it’s going in a different direction. And Providence College has solidified itself as far as what we’re doing to be a powerful player in whatever league we’re going to be in.”

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Friartown Roundtable: Inaugural Edition

dave@friarblog —  December 12th, 2012 9:26 AM —  Comments

knights_of_the_round_table_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.

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Anyone else got a case of the Moondays? The latest news in Friartown regarding the Friars next game against URI on Thursday surely will not help. Adam Zagoria spoke with Ed Cooley today, and apparently Bryce Cotton is going to be out of commission for a week with a really sore knee. Considering how serious the injury could have been, that is actually really good news. However, Ice will still miss the big rivalry game against the Rams leaving the team with no point guard yet again. There was speculation that Kris Dunn would make his PC debut considering the dire roster situation, but Zagoria also tweeted that Ed Cooley said only 6 players (The “Sexy Six”) will be available. Looks like Cooley is playing it safe regarding Kris Dunn’s shoulder, and he will give it another two weeks for a likely debut in the first game of the 2nd semester (December 18th against Colgate).

There hasn’t been much about when Vincent Council is expected to return, but there are rumblings that the injury may be a little worse than expected.

UPDATE: Apparently Cotton has NOT been ruled out, and neither has Dunn. *Throws hands up in the air*


Dunn will likely spend 2012 on the bench

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn was Providence’s first recruit to be an McDonald’s All-American since God Shammgod in 1995. Along with Ricardo Ledo, he headlined a highly rated recruiting class that unfortunately may not be completely realized until next season. As Ledo works out his partial qualifier status, Kris Dunn needs to heal from an injured shoulder that will keep him off the court until December or January (if everything goes as expected). His return will give Ed Cooley and the Friars a boost of talent and much needed depth, and hopefully provide fans a taste of great things to come.

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Improving PC’s Underrated Offense

Brendon Desrochers —  November 5th, 2012 1:13 PM —  Comments

Where’s the consistency fellas!?
(photo by Kevin Reilly)

As noted in my preview by-the-numbers on, last season’s offense was better than average in the Big East, but it was also highly inconsistent, scoring at least 1.09 points per possession in seven conference games but less than 0.85 in six, including the Big East Tournament debacle vs. Seton Hall. The previous year’s team only went under 0.85 twice and over 1.09 three times.

The offense’s effectiveness was tied directly to its ability to make shots, and so Cooley often went with small lineups to get the best shooters on the floor, which included Bryce Cotton as a small 2 and LaDontae Henton as a small 4. This created more room for Vincent Council to penetrate and score or dish and for Gerald Coleman to get inside the defense. When either of those two shooters was off the floor, Providence was playing a non-scorer (Ron Giplaye or Brice Kofane) or a lane-clogger (Bilal Dixon) as well as Kadeem Batts, who had a very poor offensive season (more on that later). The big lineup might have been marginally better defensively, but it also compressed the offense and made it harder for Council to get his teammates good looks. Cooley sacrificed the defense in favor of the small lineup because his offense was simply not functional without all four of the key guys on the floor together.

The 2012-13 squad figures to have a lot of the same problems as last year’s team — lack of length, lack of depth, but maybe not quite the shortage of shooters. When looking at this squad’s offense, I want to focus briefly on the seven-man rotation that Providence figures to have for the first handful of games and then focus more extensively on the nine-man rotation we’re hoping it has for conference play.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.2.12

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2012 1:20 PM —  Comments

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

picture wdom913 Tweet

Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.


notes Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.

link Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island College

Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.

Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once

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Tomorrow at 2PM the Friars will play Assumption in an exhibition matchup at the new Alumni Hall. Did you get your tickets yet, freshman? I know early afternoon is a little rough after frequenting all the Friday night hot spots after an arduous week, but you wouldn’t want to disappoint Kris Dunn now would you? Every fan in the stands will make his shoulder heal that much quicker. Trust me, it’s science.

via @PCAthletics

Friartown News and Notes 10.24.12

dave@friarblog —  October 24th, 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 Josh Fortune Instagram

Three point skills, and dance moves. And red shoes.


link Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game Notes vs. Assumption [pdf]

The Friars didn’t look great last year for Ed Cooley’s first live opponent, but they have come a long way. I don’t think the game will be close in the last 5 minutes again.

Scouting Assumption:

Assumption College posted a 14-14 mark during the 2011-12 campaign, while going 11-11 in the Northeast 10 Conference and i nishing eighth. The Greyhounds made the Northeast 10 Conference tournament, defeating No. 8 seed Bentley in the i rst round (78-65) before falling to top-seed Franklin Pierce, 55-50. Head Coach Matt Mahar, a 1996 graduate of Johnson State, enters his second year at the helm of the Greyhounds in 2012-13. The Greyhounds will have a youthful squad, comprising of seven incoming-freshman. Mahar will have four seniors and one graduate student returning this year to bring experience for his second year as head coach. Graduate student Kevin Donahue is the team’s top returning player. Last season, the 6-foot guard led the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. Senior forward Tim Beinert led the squad in rebounding as he averaged 8.2 boards per game in 2011-12. He also i nished second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 15.0 points per game

notes Bryce Cotton had a quiet game this past weekend going 0-3 from downtown and only registering 4 points. Last year he got off to a hot start, scoring 17 in the Mal Brown game, and following that up with a game high 16 points (and 3-6 from three) in the exhibition opener against Assumption.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.18.12

dave@friarblog —  October 18th, 2012 9:45 PM —  Comments

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

picture FriarTickets Tweet

Check out the student season tickets this year. This will fit in quite well on my “Ed Cooley Yelling” Pinterest Board.


link Fanfest and Mal Brown Scrimmage Set For Saturday at 10 A.M.

If you didn’t know already, every Friar is eligible to play in the Mal Brown game. Neener, neener, neener. You can’t touch us here, NCAA!

The Fanfest will feature the annual Mal Brown intrasquad scrimmage at Noon in the newly renovated Mullaney Gymnasium with the 2012-13 men’s basketball team led by Head Coach Ed Cooley. All members of the Friar men’s basketball team will participate in the intrasquad scrimmage, including 2012-13 Preseason First Team All-BIG EAST Selection Vincent Council, LaDontae Henton and Bryce Cotton, as well as, newcomers Ricky Ledo, Josh Fortune, Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris.

notes Sometimes the Mal Brown game can foreshadow a season’s performance. LaDontae Henton showed Friar fans right from the start what kind of productive player he could be, scoring a game high 18 points with a perfect 4-4 from three point range. Other times, it could be a complete utter fluke like two years ago when Dre Evans scored 18 points and dished out 5 assists. Evans ended up only scoring 45 total points in his short Providence career, which was about 44 more than the number of readable things he posted on Twitter. It’s fun to see the team finally play after waiting all offseason, but I’m not going to lose my shit if Brice Kofane drops 20 points.

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Kris Dunn Redshirt a Possibility

dave@friarblog —  October 18th, 2012 2:06 PM —  Comments
Kris Dunn Day

(Photo: New London Day,

Up until this point we’ve pretty much assumed that Kris Dunn would be on the court come January after recovering from his shoulder injury. Everything Coach Cooley and Dunn have been saying recently would back up that assumption. At BIG EAST Media Day yesterday, Cooley talked about not rushing Dunn back, and waiting until he was 100%. What if that takes longer than expected?

Jeff Borzello of CBS wrote a story about PC’s future backcourt which included Cooley discussing the possibility of Kris Dunn taking a medical redshirt.

“Kris is coming along,” Cooley said. “Emotionally, he’s a little bit beat up, since he’s never been this situation. He’s out of his sling, and he’s made the best of it.”

The doctors have said Dunn should be able to return in December or January, but it depends on his recovery. Cooley mentioned the chance that Dunn would have to redshirt, if he decides it’s not worth it to rush him back from injury.

“It’s a possibility. But I’m trying to get him for every Big East game. I need him,” Cooley said. “But I’m in it for the long haul.”

While it sounds like Dunn is on the right track to being ready for the 2nd half of the season, Friartown is going to have to once again take a wait and see approach. Kris Dunn is the most important piece to Ed Cooley’s rebuilding process, and he isn’t going to mess around by risking that for a chance at a slightly better season now. Expectations are not exactly high this year, but not having Dunn for any part of the season would put a bit of damper on any thoughts of improving much on last year’s 4 win season.