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Pregame Buffet: UConn

Daniel "The Warrior Friar" James —  January 31st, 2013 12:56 PM —  Comments

Welcome to another Friarblog Pregame Buffet, a new feature I hope to make regular on this site. This buffet comes with all-you-can-eat videos, audio, images, lists, and everything else you need to have a good time.

Like most buffets this is short on words, but long on content. Read/listen/watch on to get everything you need to fill up on before the UConn game at the Dunk tonight at 7:00!

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The Players: A Look at the 2011-2012 Friars

@FriarFrenzy —  October 24th, 2011 10:50 PM —  Comments

Following our recent discussion on themes to keep in mind for this year’s Friar squad, let’s take a look at the players.

Projected Starters

Vincent Council (Jr – PG):  The leading returning scorer will likely be relied upon to blow away the 13.7 points per game he turned in last year, but Council is truly at his best when he is not forcing his offense and when he is getting into the paint. He improved to become a capable outside shooter as a sophomore but he needs to resist the urge to fire when he can get himself, or a teammate, something better.  Council should see some time at the two as well particularly if newcomer Kiwi Gardner is ready to take on significant minutes at the point.  Council is their best player and he will have to perform despite being a focal point for opposing defenses.

Gerard Coleman (So – SG):  Look for a breakout year for Coleman both statistically and as an emotional leader.  The talented slashed was an afterthought offensively last year and still managed to average double figures despite long stretches without quality touches.  This year his workload will increase and the empowerment will only help his confidence.  While it is reasonable to expect an improved jumper (23.5% from 3 last year) Larry Bird is not coming through that door fans.  While he is not a natural jump shooter from downtown, Gerard shot a solid 47.2% from two-point land a year ago, and that’s where he needs to live this year. Coleman should also improve upon his disappointing 53.7% from the free throw line simply by getting to the stripe more often with his explosiveness to the rim and developing a rhythm.  Hopefully we will also see improved strength and ball handling.  If so, Coleman will be tough to stop.

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In a recent EastbayRI.com article that focused primarily on the verbal commitment to Brown of  St. Andrews (RI) star Center, Cedric Kuakumensah a brief reference was attributed to St. Andrew’s Head Coach Michael Hart regarding Ricardo Ledo, who played for Hart while at St. Andrew’s.  The article stated Hart “remains on the fence about whether the Ledo-PC relationship can work”.

I reached out to Coach Hart for further insight and he indicated it was more a concern that ‘negative outside influences in the area are hindering Ricardo’s progress’ as opposed to any direct potential issues between Ledo and Providence College.

In actuality Coach Hart is rooting for Ledo and feels PC is a good situation for him (other than the geography perhaps), “If there is one coach that can really help Ricardo it is Coach Cooley and I hope it works! I’ll be his biggest fan!!”