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Word got out awhile ago, but Kris Dunn was named to the official roster of this year’s prestigious McDonald’s All-American Team. He becomes just the third Friar recruit ever to make the team, joining Michael Smith and God Shammgod.

Note: Ricky Ledo was not eligible since he has not graduated in 4 years.

New London's Kris Dunn is named to the McDonald's All-American team. "It’s a great achievement. ..It shows all my hard work has paid off."
Gavin Keefe

McDonald’s All-American Game rosters released

Kyle Anderson (No. 5, UCLA)
DaJuan Coleman (No. 11, Syracuse)
Kris Dunn (No. 24, Providence)
Perry Ellis (No. 33, Kansas)
Shaq Goodwin (No. 21, Memphis)
Gary Harris (No. 16, Michigan State)
Amile Jefferson (No. 14, Uncommitted)
Tyler Lewis (No. 55, NC State)
Tony Parker (No. 22, Uncommitted)
Alex Poythress (No. 13, Kentucky)
Rodney Purvis (No. 18, NC State)
T.J. Warren (No. 25, NC State)

Brandon Ashley (No. 4, Arizona)
Isaiah Austin (No. 8, Baylor)
Anthony Bennett (No. 15, Uncommitted)
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (No. 27, Indiana)
Archie Goodwin (No. 7, Kentucky)
Grant Jerrett (No. 23, Arizona)
Shabazz Muhammad (No. 2, Uncommitted)
Marcus Paige (No. 28, North Carolina)
Devonta Pollard (No. 20, Uncommitted)
Cameron Ridley (No. 9, Texas)
Marcus Smart (No. 10, Oklahoma State)
Rasheed Sulaimon (No. 12, Duke)

Speaking of God Shammgod, here are some of his highlights from playing in the McD’s game in 1995. (H/T @raphiellej)

Friars Links 2.7.12

dave@friarblog —  February 7th, 2012 8:43 AM —  Comments

Boston Herald: Nerlens Noel at Everett?

He’s went back to Everett to review transcripts blah blah blah (which he actually disputed via Twitter). The end of the article is what’s important.

The word is out that Providence College has emerged as one of the favorites for his service.

Not sure if they are referring to the Cordischi report (the only real place it’s been said anything like this), but still crazy nonetheless. According to Jeff Goodman on Twitter, Noel will be visiting Providence unofficially this week, and Kentucky February 17-18.


Top Performance of the Day:

Nerlens Noel (Tilton 2012) – This was Noel’s first national appearance since announcing his intentions to graduate this year as a member of the 2012 class early Thursday morning. Providence fans packed the gym to see him as they made the cut of his seven final schools along with Kentucky, Syracuse, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina. Dominance doesn’t even begin to describe the defensive effort put forth by Noel as he tallied 10 blocks to go along with countless more altered shots. It reached a point where REDA coaches could be heard screaming at their players who even attempted to challenge the big man as a shot in the lane against Noel was basically a turnover. BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Honors – Feb. 6

Yeah he missed some bjg free throws, but Coleman had a fantastic game against West Virginia otherwise.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Gerard Coleman, Providence, G, So.
Averaged 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Scored a career-high 30 points in an overtime loss to West Virginia.

Cox Sports Online: Kris Dunn Doing It All

Highlights from Kris Dunn’s game at Alumni Hall over the weekend.

Cox Sports Online: PC/WVU Post Game Interview with Vin Parise

ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: Big East

The question isn’t where we will be ranked, it’s more of what they are going to say this week.

16. Providence: There are no moral victories, so no solace for the Friars in taking West Virginia to OT. But that’s really all Ed Cooley is aiming for right now — building confidence and a new attitude in his program.

Woonsocket Call: Cooley reflects on first season with Friars; PC target Orlando Sanchez to decide following season

Some interesting stuff about Orlando Sanchez, sometimes the forgotten target with all the hoopla about Sampson, Obekpa, and Noel.

Reached over the weekend, Mustangs head coach Jeff Brustad stated that the Friars “have done an excellent job in terms of being visible and interacting with him when they come to games. Orlando definitely knows who they are and I would say (PC) would have to be in his top five. PC has the need for some frontcourt help so it may be a good fit.”

The Monroe coach said that Sanchez could probably make a decision now, but given his lack of familiarity with the U.S., Brustad believes that it behooves his player to hold off until after the season. Cincinnati, West Virginia, St. John’s and Mississippi State have also expressed strong interest.
“It was in his best interest to not give out his number and not deal with any official visits like that,” Brustad. “We’ll save that for the end of March and beginning of April.”

Facebook: GEICO Best of College Basketball

Remember that awesome Kadeem Batts dunk against Louisville? It’s been nominated for Geico Play of the Year. Head on over to their Facebook page to vote.

Facebook: NYC Basketball Gamewatch: Wildcats vs. Friars

I need to make it to one of these things this year.

Come support your alma mater and attend a joint gamewatch with both Villanova and Providence Alumni at the Friar’s gamewatch bar, Session House NYC.

Tip-Off: 8:00pm

Session House NYC
1009 2nd Avenue (b/t 53rd and 54th)
New York, NY 10022

Drink Specials:

$3 bud light draft
$6 well drinks
$5 Session beer bts
$6 mimosa and bloody mary

Food Specials:

$4.95 wings
$4.95 pigs n blanket
$6.95 nachos (chicken or beef)
$6.95 spinach dip

Watch Kris Dunn Live at Alumni Hall

dave@friarblog —  February 4th, 2012 1:53 PM —  Comments

Here is the livestream (courtesy of of New London versus Mount Pleasant being played at Alumni Hall in Providence. The game starts at 2PM. The next time fans will get to see Kris Dunn here is next year at Late Night Madness! It should be a packed house today as Friar fans try to get a glimpse of the talented future point guard.

UPDATE: New London won 82-55, and Kris Dunn had a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Here are the highlights:

Ledo the Leader

FriartownMayor —  February 4th, 2012 12:37 PM —  Comments

On Thursday, I made my way to Rhode Island College to see Mr. Hometown Hero himself in Ricardo Ledo and South Kent take on La Jolla Prep (CA). I was fortunate to catch the end of Notre Dame Prep’s and have a few words with their head coach, kidding but the thought crossed my mind.

Ledo was the last starter to be announced before the game and got a standing ovation louder than some players have in recent years at the Dunk. Sitting in undoubtedly his cheering section, I stood up in excitement with his first showtime dunk. I was one of three Friars, along with LaDontae Henton and Kiwi Gardner, watching Ledo control the game in every way.

With little hesitation to pull the trigger from deep, Ledo couldn’t connect on a number of three pointers, early in the clock. His shot just wasn’t falling, and like all great players do, they figure out ways to make their team better even on their coldest of shooting nights. Ledo controlled the flow on offense, making passes that most college players couldn’t make. His ability to thread the needle in a heap of traffic is something that caught my eye. He would have added on to his 10-point performance with more assists, but on a number of occasions his teammates couldn’t handle the crisp passes that Ledo was dishing out.

He was being pressured a good amount in the backcourt in the second half but never hesitated with his dribble. His uncanny ability to make it seem he has the ball on a string at all times impressed not only myself, but the numerous college coaches in the stands, including Providence Assistant Coach Brian Blaney. There was no defense Ledo couldn’t break and no pass he didn’t believe he couldn’t make. He realized early his shot wasn’t falling and didn’t let that deter his game.

After the game, Ledo made it clear he was going hard after Nerlens Noel, who has been rumored to have interest in Providence, Kentucky and Syracuse after his reclassification to the 2012 class. Noel and Ledo go back a while and the two could bring excitement to the Dunk that the city has never seen. He also noted that he and Sidiki Johnson were roommates at a tournament a few years back.
Ledo scored 20 points in his next game and will be in the stands today when Kris Dunn and New London take the court at Alumni Hall on the Providence campus. With Tilton playing at RIC tomorrow, its anyone’s guess if Nerlens Noel will be courtside with Ledo to possibly see their future point guard.

Here is a new video from Kris Dunn’s game over the weekend in which he broke Tyson Wheeler’s New London all-time scoring record.

via @TheCrusader22

Kris Dunn is a McDonald’s All-American!

dave@friarblog —  January 30th, 2012 9:27 AM —  Comments

The official roster hasn’t been announced yet, but John Rooke reported on GoLocalProv that Kris Dunn has been selected to the McDonald’s All-American team.

During the trip, the Friar coaching staff reported incoming recruit Kris Dunn (New London, CT) was named to the prestigious McDonald’s all-American team – the first Friar recruit to receive the honor since God Shammgod in 1995. Dunn and Rhode Island’s Ricky Ledo were both selected for the Jordan Brand all-star game as well

Dunn becomes just the 3rd Friar recruit ever to make it to the famous high school All-Star game, joining God Shammgod (1995) and Michael Smith (1990). Delray Brooks played in the game in 1984, but he was a transfer.

The full roster will be officially announced on February 9th at 5PM on ESPNU. The actual game will be in Chicago on March 28th, and will air on ESPN.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to track down some hash browns and sausage McMuffins to go celebrate.

Kris Dunn broke Tyson Wheeler’s all-time scoring record at New London tonight in a 71-56 win over Norwich Free Academy. He finished with 35 points.

Here is the bucket that got him the record.

Here is the whole game below:

Part 1

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Part 2

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Watch Kris Dunn and New London Live

dave@friarblog —  January 27th, 2012 6:59 PM —  Comments is live streaming tonight’s game between New London and Norwich Free Academy starting at 7pm.

Check out future Friar Kris Dunn in action below.

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Friars Links 1.27.12

dave@friarblog —  January 27th, 2012 9:50 AM —  Comments

The Day: Dunn just 31 points shy of becoming NL’s career scoring leader

The game will be livestreamed by The Day tonight at 7PM, so check back here to watch.

It might happen again tonight at Norwich Free Academy in honor of Dunn’s latest bout with history.

Dunn is 31 points shy of breaking Tyson Wheeler’s career scoring record, which has stood since 1994.

“It would be an honor,” Dunn said Thursday. “I’ve met Tyson a few times. A really good person.”

ZagsBlog: Lavin Takes On Negative Recruiting

Surely Ed Cooley is busy trying to sell Providence, and not focusing on the health of Lavin (considering they are going after the exact same players).

“There’s an example, kind of proof in the pudding, whether I had cancer or not, it’s still such an attractive situation. We’re still able to sign top prospects and move our program forward.”Naturally in recruiting he’s going to hear from all the other schools, speculation, innuendo and rumors, so my inclination is to take that head on and just lay it out. We were able to convince Jamal that this was a great situation in spite of the fact that I’m currently recuperating from prostate cancer.

Lavin, 47, plans to sign five or six players from the Class of 2012 and has targeted decommits JaKarr Sampson and Ricardo Gathers, as well as forwards Chris Obekpa and Orlando Sanchez.

Friar Basketball: Point Guards Rule in Pitt’s Win over PC

The loss at Pittsburgh was troubling, but they are a solid team with their PG back, and hey, road games are pretty tough. The defense is starting to show some signs of regression/fatigue though.

Providence’s defense is springing leaks of late. After Marquette managed to shoot 9-11 from three point range, the Panthers connected on 11-20 and were a +24 from beyond the arc on the night. There’s no way Providence is digging out of a hole like that, no matter how easily they might have been able to score versus Pitt.

As was the case throughout the game against Marquette, Pittsburgh hurt PC early in transition, but that carried over into the halfcourt set as the game wore on, as Woodall routinely picked apart the Friars’ defense that let up 86 points a game after seeing Marquette hang 79 on them at home.

A week ago Providence was a top six defensive field goal percentage team in the Big East, but the past two games have been setbacks defensively.

Cox Sports Online: Providence College Likes New Hampton’s Jeremy Miller

The Friars offered a 2015 big man. Hopefully we can all hop in our flying cars and check him out at the Dunk.

A reclassified freshman, Miller has already attracted his fair share of high-major attention, and it is easy to see why as the young big man has a world of physical tools and natural basketball skill. His frame is long and agile, he runs and jumps with ease, and he has a soft touch that extends all the way out to the three-point line.

Given three plus years to develop at a program like New Hampton and Miller has a chance to be the latest New England prospect to contend for a high national ranking.

The Cowl: That’s Our Boy

The best part of this article? The “Marshon” reference in the subtitle. I honestly still can’t get used to MarShon.

At the end of his junior season, few scouts, if any, believed that Brooks would be able to excel as a professional, let alone be drafted in the first round. But during his final season in a Friars uniform, the long, lanky guard from Georgia elevated his game to a new level, becoming one of the nation’s elite scorers and catching the eyes of NBA scouts, one of which was New Jersey Nets General Manager Billy King.
Coming into the shortened, post-lockout season, the Nets were in desperate need of scoring. To fill this void, they acquired Brooks in a trade from the Boston Celtics on the night of the draft; so far, the Nets have gotten exactly what they were looking for.

ESPN: Rookie Watch: Biggest surprises (Insider)

Looks like he’s going to be a game time decision for tonight’s game as he deals with the sore Achilles.

MarShon Brooks, Nets
(Drafted No. 25; current rookie rank: No. 4)
Any time a rookie performs as well as Brooks has, it’s a surprise, even if he was the top pick in the draft. But what Brooks is doing as a late first-round pick is stunning.

Brooks’ scoring talent was obvious in college, but teams weren’t sure how it would transfer to the NBA since he’d be playing second fiddle to Deron Williams after playing like Jimmer Fredette at Providence (he had the ball in his hands all the time and could do whatever he wanted). But Brooks has proved to be many things for the Nets — an excellent weapon playing off of Williams, a great shot-creator on his own, a terrific finisher in the paint and as a midrange shooter, and a good 3-point specialist. Not only that, but he’s rebounding and defending his position like a veteran.

If he maintains this level of play, Brooks becomes a long-term solution as a starting shooting guard in the NBA. He’s a strong contender for rookie of the year honors and he looks like he can be the leading scorer of his team in the next few years. Right now, it looks like the Celtics will live to regret not drafting him and trading the pick to the Nets.

Coast 2 Coast Hoops: Chris Obekpa Talks About His Game

What do you think has improved most in your game since the season started?

Chris: I still play my game. People say I don’t have great offense but I don’t want to argue. I’m on a team with many scorers so I don’t battle for points, I do what I have to do and play great defense. Even if I score 0 points, It doesn’t matter as long as we got the win and I contributed to it. I also do a lot of rebounding. It’s the little things that add up to great results.

Watch Kris Dunn Friday Night

dave@friarblog —  January 25th, 2012 3:32 PM —  Comments

If you haven’t been able to catch future Friar Kris Dunn play yet, you’ll have another chance to see him live. The Day is setting up a livestream of their game on Friday night.

The Day: Coming Friday: New London-NFA live will stream live video from Friday night’s game between New London and Norwich Free Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.