All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.
WPRI: PC rookie barred from playing in 2012
Ed Cooley spoke with the media today regarding the Ricky Ledo decision from yesterday.
“He was a little disappointed, I’m pretty sure his family was, but for me as the coach here I’m happy with this decision, because the big picture for me is educating these young men to get them to become better people in the long run,” said Friars head coach Ed Cooley. “I think this is a positive for Ricky, I think it’s a positive for our community.”
ESPN: 2012 NBA Player Rankings: 141-160
Marshon Brooks coming in at #148. 7 better than DeJuan Blair. Take that, Pitt! Huge jump from #347 last year though. Just going in the complete opposite direction than his Friar alum friend Gomes.
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Marshon was in NYC tonight signing autographs at the NBA Store. Here is a pic from someone on Twitter. You can also check out what shoes he was wearing.
I hate politics, but apparently Barack Obama said in his DNC speech tonight “Providence is with us!” I guess he didn’t hear the Ledo news. Well, maybe he will get re-elected and show up on ESPN with Andy Katz picking the Friars to advance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #15 Where are they now? Tracking former Friars
A great rundown of where all the players, coaches, and once recruits are currently up to. Yes, I am still in shock someone hired Keno.
Keno Davis (Head Coach) –After taking off the 2011-2012 season to do TV color commentary for the Big 10 Network, Keno Davis was announced as the new coach of the Central Michigan Chippewas in the Mid America Conference. Keno takes over a team that was 11-21 last year (5-11 in the MAC). Davis will be reunited with James Still on January 15 when the Chippewas take on Eastern Michigan University.
ESPN: 3-point shot: Miss. St. establishing culture
PC will play Mississippi State on December 1st on ESNPU as part of the BIG EAST / SEC Challenge. Sounds like there may not be a lot of scholarship players between the two teams.
Mississippi State is down to nine usable scholarship players after first-time head coach Rick Ray dismissed Shaun Smith and Kristers Zeidaks for repeated violations. The team’s 10th scholarship player, Jacoby Davis, is out with a torn ACL. So what is Ray doing? “The biggest thing is to establish a culture of accountability,” said Ray. “It’s no reflection in the past.” Ray said that to be PC, but Rick Stansbury’s program did have its issues lately by enabling Renardo Sidney. “The programs I’ve been at in Clemson and Purdue we’ve held guys accountable and doing things the right way. Ultimately that’s the way you win and build programs.” Ray said his intent is to make sure he’s putting together a program for the short term and the long term. “It’s a misconception that I’m laying down the foundation for the future,” said Ray. “It’s not just the future. It’s for now.” Ray said the Bulldogs won’t be deep but in college basketball most teams play nine players anyway. “We still have eight or nine guys who can play. It’s not doom and gloom.”
Rush the Court: Ten Games To Watch In Big East Play This Season
Spoiler alert, none of them are PC games.
It’s arguably one of the best leagues in the sport, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that most Big East competition is defined by high-quality matchups between nationally successful programs. Still, it’s refreshing to see the specifics of league play – not just in the Big East, but for most of the sport’s high-major conferences – in plain view and know that those gritty, high-stakes conference matchups aren’t too far off.
2014 big man visiting PC soon.
Run the Floor: The 189 most followed D-I basketball coaches on Twitter
Ed Cooley (@CoachCooleyPC) comes in at #102. Let’s get the man some followers! John Calipari leads the way by a huge margin with 1.2 million followers. There’s a joke in there somewhere about buying followers (which is a real thing!), and I think I just made it!
Hoops Dream Magazine: Noah Vonleh Mr. McDonald’s All American
We desperately need a PG for 2013, but if Vonleh wants to reclassify to next year, I think we’ll have a spot ready for him!
Noah Vonleh seen first hand what happen to Tilton’s Nerlens Noel, as he was not able to participate in the prestigious McDonald’s All American game. Last season.
Rumors are circulating that Vonleh has talked about reclassifying, back into his original class of 2013.
If you’re going to reclassify, do it relatively early. Don’t wait until the last minute, would be advice one would inform Vonleh.