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Friartown News and Notes 10.12.12

dave@friarblog —  October 12th, 2012 9:22 AM —  Comments

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

picture Late Night Madness E-mail Promo

If you goto the hockey game you can get these awesome Ed Cooley and Nate Leaman t-shirts. Students only, I think. Still cool to see though.


link Watch Live Streaming Video Of Late Night Madness

And it’s FREE!

The Providence College Athletics Department will offer a live video stream of its annual Late Night Madness event to kick off the 2012-13 basketball season. The live stream is free of charge and will be available beginning at 10:00 p.m.

This year’s edition of Late Night Madness will be held in the newly renovated Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium, marking the first basketball-related event in the upgraded facility. For those wishing to attend Late Night Madness, doors open at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

notes Kevin McNamara tweeted that there could be dozens of recruits that show up to Late Night Madness, but they are teenagers so who really knows. Couldn’t be more true, as Jared Terrell is apparently no longer planning to attend after it was reported by his coach that he was on Wednesday night.

notes The list of Late Night Madness attendees is certainly impressive, but I’m not really expecting any immediate commitments. The 2013 guys (Brandon Austin and Ron Patterson) have a lot of big visits planned, and for the 2015 guys it’s way too early. There was a lot of talk about Kahari Beaufort practically ready to pledge to the Friars on Twitter earlier in the week. I would say he is the best chance for hearing some good recruiting news out of everyone listed so far, but I’m fairly certain he wants to visit other schools as well. Don’t be discouraged if nothing concrete comes out of this right away, as it’s just really a visit for these kids under a great atmosphere.

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The Friar Daily 9.10.12

dave@friarblog —  September 10th, 2012 8:45 PM —  Comments

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

picture @rpwhalen Tweet


notes Lot’s of recruiting action today as the September contact period is kicked off. You can scratch off Brandon Austin off the list, as Adam Zagoria tweeted that he was no longer considering PC. The Providence coaching staff was hard at work all over the country. Kevin McNamara reported that some staff were in Michigan to see 2014 shooting guard E.C. Matthews (ESPN #85, Rivals #92). The Putnam Science Academy (where Dayshon Smith plays) Twitter account also mentioned that someone from Providence was there to see their 4 on 4 scrimmage action. Ed Cooley? He’s in Nashville, Tennessee trying to reel in a highly touted recruit.

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Ricky Ledo Senior Year Mixtape

dave@friarblog —  September 2nd, 2012 12:49 PM —  Comments

Well, it sounds like that Ricky Ledo had his initial request for his wavier to play this season denied. While we wait to hear what the deal is with an appeal, here is a new mixtape by BallasTV on Ricky’s senior season of high school. It will only make it that more difficult to cope with bad news from the NCAA.

The Friar Daily 8.28.12

dave@friarblog —  August 28th, 2012 10:35 PM —  Comments

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

linkESPN: Dayshon Smith is more than a scorer now

Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith was on campus today for an unofficial visit. The 2013 PG is now ranked #121 in Rivals and has seen his stock rise over the past year. He’s had interest in Providence since last year (although not sure where Cooley’s interest was), but now the big boys are starting to come out after only having low major interest initially. With the Friars losing out on Josh Brown (see below), looks like Scoochie would be another solid guard addition.

As he started to project as a big point who could create as well as shoot the 3, Smith started to appeal to higher level schools, and while he’s happy to get the opportunity to prove he could play the point, he isn’t the type to spend too much time worrying about what position he’ll play at the next level.

“Hopefully I’ll be playing on the ball, but again, it’s whatever the team needs,” he said. “If they need me off that ball I’m fine with that.”

On the recruiting front, Smith claims offers from Illinois, Dayton, Rhode Island, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Drexel along with a long list of other mid-major programs.

Syracuse, Providence, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Indiana are all showing additional interest and Smith is expecting to unofficially visit Syracuse on Tuesday.

link GoLocalProv: Temple 2, Providence 0

Yeah, I’m really starting to dislike Temple. Like on a Villanova hating Temple level. And they are not even in the BIG EAST yet! Next year’s in conference battle is going to be interesting (although at least we won’t have to see Jake O’Brien).

Brown is choosing Temple to honor the memory of his late mother. She attended Temple and died before Brown turned 2 years old.

Brown thanked PC’s Ed Cooley, URI’s Dan Hurley and Penn State’s Pat Chambers for recruiting him. He also thanked his high school coach – Dan Hurley – the father of URI’s new head coach.

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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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In searching for some new Ricky Ledo news around the darkest corners of the Internet (aka Twitter search), I came across an article that seemed normal from the text in the Tweet. However, once I clicked on the post from the so-called “The Sports Junkie”, I had a lot of laughs since the contents were obviously hilariously translated from another language and back.

Elite Providence partisan Ricardo Ledo available statute on eligibility

Here are some of the gems:

But Dunn, ranked by as a No. 16 actor in a category of 2012, will be out until during slightest December and might skip a whole season after undergoing shoulder medicine over a summer.

Sweet, so while Dunn recovers from his “shoulder medicine” he can participate in some Theatre performances at Providence College.

Ledo needs to find out how a NCAA Eligibility Center manners on his high propagandize transcript, that shows he change among 4 high schools in 5 years, thar Providence Journal reports. He could be ruled a non-qualifier, definition he would not be authorised to play, use or accept jaunty aid.

When I applied to schools, I didn’t even dream of getting jaunty aid!

“I’m anticipating for a best. we unequivocally haven’t talked about what could occur if it doesn’t work out for me,” Ledo said.

That second sentence actually sounds reasonable.

Providence manager Ed Cooley also pronounced he be carefree things will work out. “I don’t know if it’s anticipating opposite wish though we have 0 feel for it. We’ll see.”

I like how we are adopting the Major League Baseball use of manager instead of coach. Does that mean Ed Cooley will have to wear a uniform on the sidelines? Well, at least “he be carefree”.

Thar 6-6 Ledo be deliberate one of a best scorers in this year’s recruiting class, and alighting him was a manoeuvre for Cooley, who be entering his second season as conduct coach.

Conduct coach! Ha!

Ricky Ledo vs. John Wall Mixtape

dave@friarblog —  August 18th, 2012 12:55 PM —  Comments

Here is a new 2eZ Mixtape featuring Ricky Ledo playing against John Wall and Jameer Nelson at Reebok Headquarters.
Still no Ledo news, and this doesn’t help keep me from thinking about what could be.

via @2ezGang

Any moment now, we could be hearing of Ricky Ledo’s fate for this season from the NCAA. According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, Ledo is waiting and hoping. Ed Cooley, much like all of Friartown, is hoping too.

PC coach Ed Cooley is also waiting to see how things unfold. “I’m still hoping,” Cooley said. “I don’t know if it’s hoping against hope but I have zero feel for it. We’ll see.”

Me? Well I can’t stop thinking about the eventual decision, and it’s starting to drive me somewhat nuts. Every time I ponder what could happen either way the NCAA decides to go, my stomach begins to feel a little queazy. If you are in the same boat, I’ve created a little list of the Top 10 Things to do to distract you from waiting on the ruling.

1. Photoshop Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers in Friar uniforms. Both home and away jerseys preferable.

2. Apply for Villanova assistant coach job. First spend some time researching what college team you would like to pretend to have played basketball at.

3. Find two buddies. Recreate this picture of Batts and Kofane (via Brice Kofane’s Instagram):


4. Try a jiu jitsu class. When in a chokehold, refuse to tap out. Black out. Wake up after decision is announced.

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Ricky Ledo Decision Coming This Week?

dave@friarblog —  August 13th, 2012 11:11 PM —  Comments

Hold on to your effin’ hats Friartown, because this week could determine which direction this season goes. Multiple sources are saying that the NCAA’s decision on Ricardo Ledo’s status could come as early as this week. Are you enjoying your summer so far? Well, it’s either going to come crashing to a sudden halt or erupt into a furious celebration filled with giant sighs of relief. It’s all up to the whims of the NCAA Clearinghouse, so hopefully Mr. NCAA-Eligibility-Approver-Guy is having a good day when Ledo’s papers need a final stamp of approval.

Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv laid out the different scenarios depending on the ruling, including:

If there is no ruling by the time the fall semester starts at PC or if he is ruled a non-qualifier, Ledo and his family will also have to decide what would be their best course of action. It is likely that he would attend junior college which could potentially open up a whole new can or worms. Interestingly enough, Ledo has been playing this summer at CCRI with some of the Knights men’s basketball players who made it all the way to the NJCAA Division 2 National Championship last season. Would that familiarity with players like the talented Desmond Williams be enough to persuade Ledo to attend CCRI? Who knows? Let’s also remember that Ledo may, in fact, also want to stay close to home to play in front of family and friends which could also help a program like CCRI land him. However, there will be other marquee junior college programs like a Monroe Community College in New York that would likely make a strong run at him too.

Hopefully it will not turn to that. Let’s just hope we hear *something* one way or another in a timely fashion so he isn’t forced to leave Providence College behind.


Katz on Ledo

dave@friarblog —  August 2nd, 2012 7:37 AM —  Comments

Andy Katz had some quick thoughts about Ricky Ledo in his “Three Point Shot” blog post when referencing the Friars trying to get Jake O’Brien.

ESPN: 3-point shot: Teams seek O’Brien’s services

Meanwhile, PC coach Ed Cooley is dealing with a more pressing matter. He’s hoping that star recruit Ricky Ledo can get a waiver to play or at least be on campus this season as his academic reports go through the Eligibility Center. Cooley would take Ledo on campus, even if he’s not eligible. Kansas had a similar situation with a stud recruit last season when Ben McLemore didn’t get eligible but was at least on campus and around the team last season to learn the system and adapt to the program. Ledo, who has lacked stability during his career, would benefit from being in one place for a few seasons.