Archives For Rodney Bullock

Friartown News and Notes 12.17.12

dave@friarblog —  December 17th, 2012 9:52 PM —  Comments

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

picture Friars.com

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link A Jersey Guy: Big East ready to respond

So is this the Old Big East, or our basketball Big East? Can we use OBE and BBBE?

According to sources in the Big East, Arseco and company are planning on exploring  the following moves.

1.   Sell the name “”Big East”” to the basketball schools after getting some assurances from the NCAA that the cost of losing the Big East name will not cost them too much in the lucrative NCAA basketball tournament. If the name is sold to the new Big East, the old Big East will petition the NCAA to get a 32nd guaranteed spot for its champion.

Aresco’s contention is that a basketball league with Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple has a decent foundation to build.

2. Give East Carolina full membership (the original deal was football only) which would give the new league an Eastern group of Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Temple, East Carolina, Central Florida, Tulane and in 2015 Navy.

link College Basketball Talk: Cooley: “We’re excited” about move away from Big East

BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE THE BIG EAST

The Big East was changing every single day.  There were nontraditional schools being invited and I’m pretty sure it just wasn’t in the best interests of them all.  But we’re excited.  We’re real excited about the direction. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, I just know it’s going in a different direction. And Providence College has solidified itself as far as what we’re doing to be a powerful player in whatever league we’re going to be in.”

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Friartown News and Notes 12.7.12

dave@friarblog —  December 7th, 2012 10:14 PM —  Comments

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

picture @PCFriarFaithful Tweet

Well done, students.

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notes Next year the PC / URI clash at the Ryan Center is going to be a national story. Great, now the whole country will see the Friars beat the Rams for the 4th time in a row!

quote_1 Bryce Cotton quote via Woonsocket Call

“Coach, I’ll give whatever I can today. We’ve got to try and get us a win to get to the finish line”

I LOVE ICE COTTON

link Game Recaps: ESPN (AP), Friars.com, GoLocalProv, Sun Chronicle, Pawtucket Times, Friar Basketball, Rhody Rampage

notes Kris Dunn is officially scheduled to play on December 18th according to his father. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE COLGATE GAME. That has to be the first time anyone has uttered those words.

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Friartown News and Notes 12.3.12

dave@friarblog —  December 3rd, 2012 10:00 PM —  Comments

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

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

Here is a nice pic of one of Kadeem’s pin blocks from Saturday against Mississipi State. Maybe this should be on PINTEREST? AMIRITE?!

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notes For his efforts that also included a career high 32 points, Kadeem Batts was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week. Bryce Cotton made it two weeks ago.

link Mississippi State Game Recaps: ESPN (AP), Friars.comGoLocalProv, Sun Chronicle, Woonsocket CallFriar Basketball

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Rodney Bullock Signs LOI

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2012 6:18 PM —  Comments

Today is the first day of the early signing period, meaning recruits can officially sign and deliver their letters of intent.

This afternoon at Kecoughtan High School down in Virginia, Friar commit Rodney Bullock gave his official pledge to play at Providence College next year. The 6-7 forward, who plays at the same high school Josh Fortune hails from, gave Ed Cooley a verbal on October 3rd after visiting that previous weekend.

Ed Cooley on Bullock from PC’s official press release:

“I believe Rodney Bullock is a great rebounder who really pursues the ball,” Cooley stated. “He also has the ability to score from all over the court. Rodney creates matchup problems for defenders. Most importantly, he brings the type of character and winning attitude that we want to have at Providence College.”

Here he is signing his official LOI with his other classmates (image courtesy of Kecoughtan assistant coach Aaron McNair on Twitter). Bullock is the one on the right.

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If you were waiting on a Brandon Austin commit today, you’ll have to keep waiting. According to his AAU coach, he won’t be making any announcements today.

Related

Rodney Bullock Gives Verbal to Providence

Rodney Bullock Game Highlights

Friartown News and Notes 10.29.12

dave@friarblog —  October 29th, 2012 5:17 PM —  Comments

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

picture Kadeem Batts Instagram

The inside force Friartown needs Kadeem Batts to be all season.

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notes I hope everyone stays safe in the next coming days in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. There’s a high chance Friarblog headquarters are going to lose power at some point, so updates may just be relegated to Twitter. As far as the basketball team is concerned, apparently all students are being kept inside their buildings until 9am tomorrow morning according to the school website. Cooley should get a PS3 and do some coaching on NBA2k13.

link Sporting News: Big East preview: With Peyton Siva, Louisville stands above Syracuse, others

Good news, they think the Friars will finish 12th. Bad news, we apparently have no “must-know” story lines. At least they call out Vincent Council as the best passer in the league after snubbing him for the All-Conference team.

1. Louisville

2. Syracuse

3. Cincinnati

4. Notre Dame

5. Pitt

6. Marquette

7. Georgetown

8. South Florida

9. Seton Hall

10. Villanova

11. Rutgers

12. Providence

13. DePaul

14. Connecticut

15. St. John’s

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Friartown News and Notes 10.8.12

dave@friarblog —  October 8th, 2012 9:24 PM —  Comments

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

picture @PCAthletics Tweet

While you were sleeping early Sunday morning in preperation of an NFL Sunday, the Friar basketball players were SWIMMING as part of “The Program” workout sessions.

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notes The Friartown Twitterverse was in a little bit of a frenzy after 2014 guard Kahari Beaufort (who is attending Late Night Madness on Friday) went on a tweeting spree about how excited he was about LNM and PC in general. He tweeted at Coach Cooley, said he was wearing Friars gear, retweeted EVERY Friar fan who gave him love, and even talked about big news coming up. It sounds like he is definitely interested in Providence, but let’s temper the enthusiasm a bit until there is an official decision. Based on some things I was told, let’s just say his Twitter follower count could be a big factor here.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.4.12

dave@friarblog —  October 4th, 2012 9:07 PM —  Comments

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

picture @KamesJirby Tweet

The season ticket holder party was held tonight. This is Ed Cooley’s stage. Over 1,000 people were reportedly in attendance.

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notes New Friar recruit Rodney Bullock will be attending Late Night Madness next week. Former Friar Jamel Thomas also will be there according to his tweet.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.3.12

dave@friarblog —  October 3rd, 2012 9:42 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 Brooks Instagram

Pretty sweet Adidas ad.

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link ESPN: Bullock another recruiting win for Friars

Hearing about his great defense brought a tear to my eye.

Even more important than his offensive versatility is his defensive value. Prior to arriving at Providence, Cooley led Fairfield program’s to unprecedented heights by building the top defensive team in the MAAC. When he arrived at Providence, he wasn’t just taking over a team that needed to upgrade its talent base, but he was inheriting one of the worst defensive units in the Big East.

The Friars made consistent strides in that area last year, but there is still work to be done. Bullock will be a major asset in that endeavor because he’ll provide Cooley with just the type of long and mobile athlete he built his defense around at Fairfield.

Because Bullock can defend multiple positions, he’ll allow Cooley flexibility in his lineups and matchups. As the Friars add more and more versatile defenders, they’ll be able to extend their defense with more consistency while also utilizing more switching concepts within their halfcourt coverage — two things which have historically been key components to Cooley’s defensive playbook.

notes Since the loss in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, it seems that Friartown has been in an infinite loop of “next year” mode. “Wait until all these young guys play another couple of years together”, “The recruiting is on the verge of BLOWING UP!”, or “The next class is going to make us a Top 20 team!”. There have been injuries, de-commitments, players leave, and eligibility issues that have always seemed to pop up at the wrong times. Looking ahead to “next year”, doesn’t it seem that ALOT has to go wrong in order to derail what Ed Cooley is building toward? I’m not trying to jinx Friartown here since I feel like we’ve been down this road before as recently as last year, but Cooley’s brick by brick philosophy is turning into a massive structure that we will see with our own eyes next year.

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Rodney Bullock Game Highlights

dave@friarblog —  October 3rd, 2012 6:17 PM —  Comments

Here are some game videos of new Friar commit Rodney Bullock from the Nike Peach Jam this past July. All game highlights show all of Bullock’s box score stats except fouls.

Scouting video: Rodney Bullock vs. Team United at 2012 Nike Peach Jam from The Wolfpacker on Vimeo.

Scouting video: Rodney Bullock vs. Indy Spiece at 2012 Nike Peach Jam from The Wolfpacker on Vimeo.

Scouting video: Rodney Bullock vs. Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian from The Wolfpacker on Vimeo.

Via @JaceyZembal

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(Photo by DailyPress.com)

According to multiple reports, Ed Cooley picked up his first true member of the 2013 recruiting class by getting a commitment from Rodney Bullock. The 6-7 185 lb. forward from Kecoughtan High School in Virginia (where current Friar Josh Fortune is from) visited campus for an official visit this past weekend and apparently didn’t need to look at anywhere else. He was so excited, he called Cooley at 6AM to commit. Good thing we know Ed is an early riser! Would have hated that to go to voicemail.

Scouting reports talk about him being an athletic combo forward with great rebounding skills who can score from all over the court. Hmm, is this Henton 2.0? Maybe not exactly since it sounds like he will play the wing, but have to love a guy who just knows how to score (Bullock has 1,114 points heading into his senior year).

Bottom Line:
Bullock is a athletic forward that is a terrific rebounder and can step out and hit jumpers to the arc. With time and space. He competes and affects the game with his length and athletic ability. Bullock must add strength and improving his ball handling but has great upside.

He will join Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris as new members of next year’s front court, to go along with Kadeem Batts, Sidiki Johnson, Brice Kofane, and Lee Goldsbrough. Hello front court depth!

If everything stays as it is, Providence will have one more remaining scholarship for next season.