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T.G.I.F: Thank God It’s Friartown 11.30.12

@FriarFrenzy —  November 30th, 2012 10:05 AM —  Comments

TGIF-ABCThe Friars are 5-2, with the two losses coming on an acrobatic tip in at the buzzer and in overtime. As they say ‘close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades’ but given the circumstances these are very positive results.

Beyond the record, it is clear this group has benefited from a full off season in Ed Cooley’s program. They are physically and mentally stronger. The defensive statistics are telling and that is what many will focus on throughout the year given past ills, but there is clear advancement on the offensive end in terms of organization and execution as well.

Yes, there are turnovers and forced shots but show me any sampling of college games that do not have these.

We will see what happens as the caliber of opponent increases but, no matter what, if this team is going to be competitive in conference play they are going to need to get better on the defensive glass.

Sidiki Johnson should help in that department.

Bill Reynolds had a great feature in the ProJo this week on Bryce Cotton’s emergence and how he taught himself to remake his jumper between his freshman and sophomore years.

The Legend of Ice continues to grow.

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The Friar Daily 9.14.12

dave@friarblog —  September 14th, 2012 9:21 PM —  Comments

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

picture Marshon in Russia

Marshon had a successful week in Russia, meeting Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, dealing with Russian vodka, and spending some time teaching young Euros how to play the basketball. This picture really makes me want to play Tetris. Original Gameboy Tetris was where it was at.


(Photo by ESPN)

link ESPN New York: Brooks’ goal: Sixth Man Award

Our boy Marshon is all growns up. Creating opportunities!?!

“I feel like the sixth man is a much more important role these days. It’s used a lot of different,” Brooks said. “I wouldn’t say there’s anything wrong with the Thunder’s perspective. I think with James Harden coming off the bench, they could run their offense through him — and that’s what I can do. I’m just going to provide that spark for the team in any way possible. I’m going to look to create opportunities for my teammates as well as score the ball.”

link Newsday: MarShon Brooks opens up about dealing with trade rumors

I’m glad the Nets were able to keep him, as I enjoy the ability to throw on YES on any given night with the chance to catch Marshon in action.

“It was tough,” Brooks told Newsday on Thursday in a conversation from Moscow, Russia, where he’s participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. “It was my first time going through that, my first time going through trade rumors. But at the end of the day, I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘We are talking about Dwight Howard right now, so get out your feelings, young man.’
“Dwight Howard is Dwight Howard, so I got over it as time went on. But it was tough at first, seeing my name in so many different trade rumors. But I got over it. It’s a business. This is what I signed up for, so this is what I get.”

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