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The Friar Daily 9.27.12

dave@friarblog —  September 27th, 2012 9:23 PM —  Comments

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

picture BuzzFeed Sports

This gave me a nice LOL this morning. “The Brooklyn Nets released photos of the cheerleaders’ outfits today. I might be Clueless, but haven’t I seen those somewhere before?” They will be cheering on Marshon this year!


notes 6-7 SF Rodney Bullock, from the same high school that Josh Fortune hails from in Virginia, landed in Providence tonight for his official visit this weekend according to his own Tweet.

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The Friar Daily 8.22.12

dave@friarblog —  August 22nd, 2012 8:56 PM —  Comments

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

Day 9 of the Ledo Wait (It’s probably been longer, but last week I feel we’ve heard it could be coming): My body is feeling weak. I’m hungry and just want water. I’m becoming irritable to those around me.

linkESPN: 3-point shot: Northeastern stuffs schedule

Speaking of Ricky Ledo, I missed this little nugget in one of Andy Katz’s blog posts yesterday.

Purvis is one of the three highest profile incoming freshmen still not cleared to play this season. He probably rates second on most important overall behind UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and ahead of Providence’s Ricky Ledo. The Wolfpack need Purvis’ ability to score but can live without him if need be due to the overall depth and talent returning and arriving. The Bruins need Muhammad’s motor and skill set to overtake Arizona and Stanford in the Pac-12 and be a legit player in the Final Four chase. Muhammad is being held out from UCLA’s trip to China as the NCAA examines potential extra benefits by a third party. Ledo was a reach to be academically eligible at PC after attending multiple high schools. Coach Ed Cooley knew this from the moment he signed him. The Friars are a lower level Big East team this season so Ledo’s arrival wouldn’t change the outcome much at all.

Ouch, Andy. You mean the Friars are so bad that a TOP 25 recruit who happens to be one of the most talented scorers coming in this year would not help the Friars in any way whatsoever? It’s not like he would be able to play and excel with one of the most talented point guards in the nation or anything. With Kris Dunn hurt right now, Ledo not only would add much need depth, but would make a huge difference in PC’s offensive firepower. Man, back in the Tim Welsh days, Andy Katz always seemed to pull for the Friars. Maybe he just needs to spend more time with Coach Cooley.

imTwitter Chat:

John Infante, who runs the Bylaw Blog on and is an NCAA expert for Athnet, was kind enough to field some questions on Twitter regarding Ledo’s status.

@friarblog: @John_Infante what’s your take on the 8 semester rule and what Ledo has pending?

@John_Infante: @friarblog Please hold while I educate myself on Ledo a bit.

@John_Infante: @friarblog Ok, is it known that Ledo did not meet the 8 semester rule? Or did he just not graduate after 8 semesters?

@John_Infante @friarblog If he finished his 16 core courses (which is tough if he repeated a year) in four years, he can graduate in five with no problem.

@friarblog: @John_Infante I’l be honest a lot of info is thrown around so not 100% sure. I was under the impress he didn’t get the core in 4 years

@John_Infante: @friarblog The way waivers work nowadays, GPA and test score get a lot more important.

@John_Infante: @friarblog So if he didn’t finish the 16 courses in 4 years but did in 5 and had a good (not just adequate) GPA and SAT, he has a shot

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Peter Thamel of the New York Times wrote a very in depth article on the shady recruitment of Nerlens Noel. Included are some revelations of the actions of former PC assistant, Chris Driscoll.

New York Times: Everybody Wants a Piece of Nerlens Noel

Remember when Coach Cooley came in, and the first thing he did was tell Chris Driscoll to go hit the road? There was some controversy surrounding this move, considering it could potentially sever the BABC pipeline that Driscoll supposedly brought to the table.  Apparently that was Ed’s most important move of the offseason, since Driscoll was nothing but a scumbag in his one year with the team.

When Providence named Chris Driscoll an assistant in the summer of 2010, the move stunned many in college basketball. Driscoll had little playing experience beyond high school, his highest basketball position to that point had been as an assistant with a prominent amateur team, and he had not graduated from a conventional college.

What Driscoll did have was access to the top players like Nerlens Noel in the Boston area, a precious commodity for Providence, which was trying to keep pace in the Big East.

Driscoll found himself in the middle of controversy during his season at Providence. Laurel Cannon, the mother of guard Gerard Coleman, called Providence administrators and claimed that her son was asked by Driscoll to fake an injury in order to lose games. The reason he asked, Cannon told Providence administrators, was so Coach Keno Davis would be fired and Driscoll could take over.

Coleman refused Driscoll’s request, his mother said, sending him a text message that said “the man in me” would not allow him do that.

“No one wants someone to see their child used as a product; no one does,” Cannon said. “He had us fooled. He really had us fooled.”

She informed Providence’s athletic director, Bob Driscoll, of Chris Driscoll’s request, but Bob Driscoll, who is not related, said he investigated and did not find reason to take any action.

“I took what his mother said very, very seriously,” Bob Driscoll said. “If that happened, it’s a fireable offense. Chris denied it and said it was a misunderstanding, and we moved on from there. I can’t tell you whether it happened or not.”

First of all, did we really have to do anything extra intentionally to lose games the last few years? Did Driscoll think that 3 wins versus 4 would lead to a quicker firing? Second of all, WHAT!? That’s it? He denied and they moved on? That’s a pretty serious allegation from a player and his parent, and that’s how it’s treated? Bob Driscoll, we’ll get to you a little more in a sec.

During last season, there were always rumors floating around that Keno Davis and Chris Driscoll did not see eye to eye (and even got into a fight?), and Driscoll was always telling recruits not to look at PC etc. Well, there this….

Chris Driscoll had a strong relationship with Noel before was hired by Providence, helping to steer him from Everett to Tilton. Just days before he took the Providence job, Driscoll drove to the house of Tilton Coach Marcus O’Neil in Eliot, Me. According to O’Neil, Driscoll told him that he thought Davis would be fired at the end of the season and that Driscoll felt he had a chance to replace him.

“He told me that he thought he was going to be the next coach at Providence College and that I could be his assistant,” O’Neil said. “All I had to do was help him to get Nerlens Noel to commit to Providence College.”

So how was this clown hired in the first place?

Bob Driscoll was primarily responsible for hiring Chris Driscoll at Providence. He identified him as a candidate and suggested him as a possible assistant to Davis. Chris Driscoll received a multiyear contract, which is not standard for assistants.

One of the lines on Chris Driscoll’s résumé appeared to be dubious but apparently did not raise suspicion at Providence. He claimed to be a 1996 graduate of Amhurst University. Two of the country’s leading experts on fraudulent schools, the Illinois professor George Gollin and the former F.B.I. agent Allen Ezell, said that the apparently now-defunct Amhurst University, which billed itself as a distance learning center, was a diploma mill, essentially a school that awards a degree for money rather than the actual completion of coursework.

Gollin said that if Providence had investigated, it would have taken it little time to determine Amhurst’s illegitimacy. (A phone call placed to the number listed on Amhurst University’s Web site went directly to voice mail, and a message left received no response.)

Bob Driscoll said that Chris Driscoll passed a background check and that he was subject to the typical human resources review. Chris Driscoll also contended in his biography that he had an interim coaching record of 97-2 and won eight national championships with the Boston summer team, numbers that Papile said were exaggerated. Officials from a Massachusetts-based charity that Driscoll was involved with, Community Teamwork Inc., laughed when told that he claimed he raised $10 million; they said the actual figure was less than $100,000.

“If I had thought or learned that he didn’t have a degree or had surreptitious things on his résumé, we never would have hired him,” Bob Driscoll said. “I was under the impression he had a degree and it was legitimate.”

This is all very, very shady, and Bob Driscoll comes across pretty poorly. I find it hard to believe they didn’t realize this clown had no education or coaching qualifications, and was simply brought in to deliver players. Keno Davis did a lot of wrong things in his time as coach of Providence College, but it didn’t help that his AD brought in a guy that tried to get him fired even before he took the job. He’s very lucky he brought in Ed Cooley who had the balls to get rid of this cancer, and move the program in a direction away from this type of garbage.

Well, at least Nerlens Noel did this during a time where Friartown is on a high from being UConn. Apparently Florida and Providence have been removed from consideration. Let’s move on.

Nerlens Noel is down to Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn, Georgetown and North Carolina, according to
Garrett Tucker

Nerlens Noel Listgate, Take Two

dave@friarblog —  February 27th, 2012 8:29 PM —  Comments

We’ve been down this road before, but it looks like once again there are questions regarding Providence’s standing with the #1 player in the 2012 class, Nerlens Noel. In a TV spot on Channel 5 in Boston, Noel says that he “narrowed it down to Kentucky, Syracuse, Florida, Georgetown, and North Carolina. You can watch the video here.

You can’t see my face right now, but if you could I would be giving you a blank, emotionless stare (picture Ron Gronkowski trying to solve a math problem or something). You see, I’ve decided not to get worked up one way or another on information about Noel, or his interviews that list schools. Just think of me as the emotionless messenger with some hard hitting questions. When was this filmed? Maybe he didn’t think the audience would know that Providence College actually fieled a Division I basketball team (OK, it’s a Boston channel, but still)? Maybe he’s slow playing his loving of Ed Cooley and Providence College into a major bombshell of a commitment? Who knows.

As of yesterday, Noel tweeted to someone that PC was still on his list (yes, we’ve heard that before too).

This came around the same time that he also tweeted back to someone that he was considering 5 teams on his list (which would match the number he said on TV).

So, either Nerlens Noel is having some trouble counting or is really afraid to let down Friartown and Ed Cooley down publicly on Twitter. He will make an official decision soon, and if it is the case Providence is out, I’m definitely thankful PC made it this far and will hope for a commitment from the other top bigs.

Friars Links 2.24.12

dave@friarblog —  February 24th, 2012 4:02 PM —  Comments

Providence Press: Ed Cooley Letter to Fans

On the court, the season started with “rebuilding” expectations. A strong non-conference record and some early strides in the development of the “team” gave us momentary hope that our process of rebuilding the program might happen more quickly than expected. While I am proud of the effort and improvements our players have made, my expectation that this season would be a developmental year with its associated ups and downs has remained constant. Our current record keeps me up at night, as I’m sure it does for all Friar fans, but we feel we have instilled the moral values in our student-athletes which will ultimately lead to success on the court.

ESPN HS: HS players say bring on NBA All-Stars

Oh snap. Don’t think about the NBA just yet, buddy.

Nerlens Noel, a senior center at Tilton (N.H.) who is the top ranked player in the ESPNU 100, said that he’d bypass contributing and dominate in the laid back setting.

“I mean, think about it, they don’t really play a whole lot of defense anyway in the All-Star Game,” Noel said. “They don’t contest dunks or anything. Oh yeah, I think I could get in there and drop a 30-piece on the low.”

ESPN New York: Nets’ 2011-12 midseason report card

Marshon getting a B. Even with the injury and missed time, that seems a little harsh based on his draft position and expectations.

Brooks has been compared to Kobe Bryant early in his career — and it’s easy to see why. The rookie plays with a confidence far beyond his 23 years, and ranks second to Kyrie Irving in scoring among first-year players (14.6 ppg). Brooks excels at creating his own shot in isolation sets, but struggled to guard and Johnson will be the first to tell you he needs to work on his defense. A broken toe kept Brooks sidelined for a bit, but he seems to have returned to form, and established a new career-high with 24 points in the Nets’ loss to the Magic on Wednesday night. Brooks looks like the steal of the 2011 draft so far.

YouTube: Marshon Brooks 2011-12 First Half Mix ROY?

Twitter: @RecruitsNation

Looks like we are going to have to wait awhile to hear about Obekpa.

Friar Basketball: A Closer Look at Mislav Brzoja

While much of the focus this spring has been on improving the frontcourt, the Friars are in pursuit of Mislav Brzoja, a 6’5 Croatian shooting guard currently prepping at Traders Point Christian Academy in Indiana. He averaged over 18 points per game during the U18 European Championship and is said to be a great shooter. He certainly looks the part in the video below. Hannoush Jewelers To Give Away A Diamond At The Providence College Men’s Basketball Game

Man, and all I got when I went to the Dunk last weekend was a bunch of 10 dollar beers…

The first 2,500 fans to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the game will be given a cubic zirconium, one of which will be a diamond. Fans must bring it to Hannoush Jewelers to find out if they were the lucky winner of the diamond. The Dunk opens at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bleacher Report: College Basketball Recruiting: 25 Freshmen Who Will Make an Immediate Impact

Dunn and Ledo make the cut, but hard to take it seriously when it says Dunn will be the starting PG next year. Unless they know something we don’t about Vincent Council? Doubtful, since they only seem to know about slideshows.

Kris Dunn will be the starting point guard for the Friars next season. He and Ricardo Ledo will make up a whole new backcourt.

Dunn’s length and ball-handling skills allow him to play either guard position, so don’t be surprised to see him give the ball-handling duties to Ledo at times. However, he has great court vision and passing ability, which makes him a great point guard.

Dunn has a lot of potential that he hasn’t tapped into yet, but with some good coaching, he could become a true star.

Tilton vs. Brewster Recap Video

dave@friarblog —  February 23rd, 2012 12:01 PM —  Comments

Here are the highlights of the recent Tilton vs. Brewster game. Ed Cooley and Andre LaFleur were in attendance to watch Nerlens Noel and JaKarr Sampson.

via @TheCrusader22

via Five Star Basketball

Friars Links 2.20.12

dave@friarblog —  February 20th, 2012 8:36 PM —  Comments

ESPN: Nerlens’ Notebook: Kentucky, Cuse visits

Out of all the schools PC is up against for Noel, I suddenly have a weird feeling about Georgetown…

I’m excited about my next few visits, to Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown, but I don’t know what order those visits will be in and I don’t have any dates on those yet. I’ll definitely let you guys know, though.

I’m gonna visit Providence and UConn too because they’re so close to me. I’ve been hearing from all of the coaches from those schools for the most part

YouTube: PC Coach’s Show with Ed Cooley 2.19.12

ZagsBlog: Obekpa, Balamou Visit Big East Schools

From there it was off to Providence, which has Ricky Ledo, Josh Fortune and Kris Dunn signed and is also involved with 2012 shot-blocking superstar Nerlens Noel, who took his weekend official to Kentucky.

“After we left UConn we took about an hour drive over to the Providence-Georgetown game,” Jaklitsch said. “We got a chance to see them play in person after watching them on TV a few times. The fan support was really amazing for their team. They are struggling this year but the place was sold out and the fans supported them to the final buzzer.

“We had already been to Providence in the fall so we saw the Dunkin Donuts center but now this time the place was packed. After the game we had the opportunity to speak with Coach [Ed] Cooley and his staff. They expressed again how much they want Chris and how much they need him. They talked about the opportunity that was available for him if he decides to attend Providence College.”

New London Patch: Whalers Wallop Woodstock Academy In Season Closer [VIDEO]

New London senior guard Kris Dunn scored his 2,000th career point Friday as the Whalers’ boys’ basketball team cruised to an 89-54 victory over Woodstock Academy.

“It felt great,” said Dunn. “I’m just trying to start a new record right now for someone else to break.”

Cox Sports Online: PC-Georgetown Highlights and Post Game

Twitter: @757Teamz

Boys bball: Kecoughtan 68, First Colonial 63. FINAL. Josh Fortune had 31 points, including key 3 pter with 40 seconds left.

The Fresh Prince of PC

dave@friarblog —  February 17th, 2012 2:34 PM —  Comments

Nerlens Noel is making his visit rounds and is at Kentucky this weekend. To show how much we here at Friarblog care about the big man coming to Providence, I created a song just for him. Please share, retweet, post this wherever you can to get this out there!

The Fresh Prince of PC


(Sung to the tune of the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire)

Now this is a story all about how
A basketball program in Rhody got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute just sit with me
And tell you how I became the prince of a college called PC

In Everett, Mass born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin out, maxin, relaxing all cool,
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school

When a Coach named Cooley tried to recruit me
Said we’re building something special with Dunn and Ricky
They called me nuts and I got lots of abuse
They said I should go to Kentucky or head to the Cuse

I visited lots of crowded arenas, and got lots of love
The decision was going to be tough when push came to shove
I took my time and listened to my gut
Ima create my own legacy and get a team out of a rut

Sorry Jim, Sorry Cal, Sorry JT3
I’m chosing to be a part of Coach Cooley’s family
The team has been bad, but it’s on the rise
I can see it by looking into Big Ed’s eyes

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said FRESH and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab stunk
But I thought naw forget it yo homes to The Dunk!

I walked onto the court of THE DUNK about 7 or 8
The Friars were ranked, it was a packed house it was great
I looked at my kingdom with my family there to see
To sit on my throne as the Prince of PC