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Friartown News and Notes 11.5.12

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2012 8:58 PM —  Comments

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

picture Ricky Ledo Instagram

Whatever Ricky Ledo decides to do with his future, he will always love the city of Providence. Check out his new tattoo.


notes According to @StartTheFriars, Ed Cooley was on PC’s radio station and said that Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton were still unable to practice today. I imagine that Cotton would be able to go by Saturday, but I have no idea what the deal is with Batts’ bursitis in his shoulder. Anyone have any insight to what type of injury he is dealing with?

link Providence Journal: Friars may lead for Philly recruit Brandon Austin

While this is definitely good news, we saw what happened when PC was the “leader” for Jakarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, and Nerlens Noel. I’ll just patiently wait for the official announcement.

It is nearing decision time for Brandon Austin and the highly rated guard from Philadelphia just may be favoring the Providence Friars.

Austin, a 6-5 guard from Imhotep Charter who’s helped his school to two straight PIAA state championships, is looking at PC, Connecticut and Texas. He visited all three schools on successive weekend last month and one of his advisers says Providence is in very good shape.

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Friartown News and Notes 11.2.12

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2012 1:20 PM —  Comments

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picture wdom913 Tweet

Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.


notes Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.

link Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island College

Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.

Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once

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Friartown News and Notes 10.26.12

dave@friarblog —  October 26th, 2012 9:43 PM —  Comments

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picture Friars Ticket Office Tweet

If you have season tickets, you probably received this in the mail today. I am very envious.


link Providence Journal: Friars fans meet Ted Bancroft

Before the Frankenstorm hits the east coast, WHITE LIGHTNING will be hitting Rhode Island.

“Ted will be in the mix, for sure,” Cooley said. “He’s an energy, hustle guy who knows how to handle things on the floor.”

As for what he’s calling his `Iron Seven,’ Cooley knows his core must avoid sloppy fouls and everyone must be ready to contribute.

notes It seems that every day this week there was another ruling on a transfer getting either denied or granted a waiver to play this season. Tavon Sledge from Iona got a hardship waiver earlier in the week, but Manhattan was out of luck with getting Ashton Pankey eligible this year. URI also found out that Ifeanyi Onyekaba had to sit out all season. Is Sidiki Johnson’s name coming up soon? Kevin McNarama mentioned last week that the paperwork was just getting organized, so it’s a little confusing since Sidiki said at PC Media Day that they were awaiting word from the NCAA (and it was a 50/50 chance). Either way, at least Sidiki will be on the court in mid-December. Steve Hartnett of tweeted that he’s really taken to playing under Cooley and has been the best transfer so far.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.24.12

dave@friarblog —  October 24th, 2012 9:31 PM —  Comments

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picture Josh Fortune Instagram

Three point skills, and dance moves. And red shoes.


link Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game Notes vs. Assumption [pdf]

The Friars didn’t look great last year for Ed Cooley’s first live opponent, but they have come a long way. I don’t think the game will be close in the last 5 minutes again.

Scouting Assumption:

Assumption College posted a 14-14 mark during the 2011-12 campaign, while going 11-11 in the Northeast 10 Conference and i nishing eighth. The Greyhounds made the Northeast 10 Conference tournament, defeating No. 8 seed Bentley in the i rst round (78-65) before falling to top-seed Franklin Pierce, 55-50. Head Coach Matt Mahar, a 1996 graduate of Johnson State, enters his second year at the helm of the Greyhounds in 2012-13. The Greyhounds will have a youthful squad, comprising of seven incoming-freshman. Mahar will have four seniors and one graduate student returning this year to bring experience for his second year as head coach. Graduate student Kevin Donahue is the team’s top returning player. Last season, the 6-foot guard led the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. Senior forward Tim Beinert led the squad in rebounding as he averaged 8.2 boards per game in 2011-12. He also i nished second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 15.0 points per game

notes Bryce Cotton had a quiet game this past weekend going 0-3 from downtown and only registering 4 points. Last year he got off to a hot start, scoring 17 in the Mal Brown game, and following that up with a game high 16 points (and 3-6 from three) in the exhibition opener against Assumption.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.17.12

dave@friarblog —  October 17th, 2012 9:32 PM —  Comments

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picture PCAthletics Tweet

The guys Looking sharp representing PC at BIG EAST Media Day today.


notes Like Coach Cooley, I was a little shocked at the Friars being picked to finish last in the coaches’ poll. However, the team has done nothing over the past several years to prove otherwise. The front court has a lot of questions, and we don’t know how Kris Dunn is going to bounce back from his injury. I think the Friars will definitely finish better than 15th, but there a few unknowns that must be overcome in order to do so.

notes I attended PC’s New York Sports Night last night at PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson and it was a fantastic time. I met Cooley and Henton, and got to talk to a lot of great Friar fans. I’ll have more about the night tomorrow.

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The recruits had the best seats in the house

Adam Zagoria posted two articles today about the 2013 recruits who attended Late Night Madness on Friday night. In a shocking revelation, both said IT WAS GOOD. Seriously though, do recruits ever say otherwise regarding their visits? Perhaps it would have been better if they said it was “really good” or “very good”, instead of just plain “good” or “pretty good”. Zomg we have no shot! Move on to 2014. Am I reading too much into this? Regardless, it was encouraging to hear the things Patterson had to say about Ed Cooley.

Ron Patterson

“It went good,” the 6-foot-2, 200-pound shooting guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy told Sunday. “They have a nice gym. They said I would be a go-to guy, like a scorer.”

Patterson said he likes head coach Ed Cooley’s approach.

“He has a real posiitve attitude about my recruiting process,” Patterson said. “He recruits hard, he’s real cool. He’s different than other coaches.”

Brandon Austin

“It was pretty good,” the former Penn State commit told Sunday night.

“I liked the school, the community, the team, the coaching staff, all that.

“[Coach Cooley] said I would come right in and play up and down. Give me the ball [and] try to build a team around me and Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn.”

“I’m a point guard,” he said. “I played the wing. I’m a point guard.”

As expected, both of these players are not deciding anything just yet. Brandon Austin is heading to UConn next weekend, and Ron Patterson will be taking an official at SMU on Wednesday.

Providence currently only has 1 more scholarship to give for next year’s class.

bildeThe Late Night Madness visitor list continues to grow with important recruits. Brian Snow from Scout tweeted this morning that 2013 guard Ron Patterson (former Indiana commit, now at Brewster Academy) will be taking an unofficial visit to PC on Friday night.

Patterson is a crazy athletic 6-3 shooting guard who excels on the defensive end. Does the staff also see him as a point guard? If he can play great defense I don’t think we care. There is an obvious need for a backup PG, but sounds like Cooley is targeting players and not positions.

Cooley and his staff have been on Patterson extremely hard since his recruitment opened back up. Here is the timeline of events:

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Friartown News and Notes 10.3.12

dave@friarblog —  October 3rd, 2012 9:42 PM —  Comments

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picture Marshon Brooks Instagram

Pretty sweet Adidas ad.


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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The Friar Daily 9.27.12

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

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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 9.24.12

dave@friarblog —  September 24th, 2012 6:46 PM —  Comments

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picture Lisa Hashway Tweet

The Friar was spotted on campus today. I know he’s been around for a while, but does he have any eligibility left? We need a live body for the 1st semester. Hit up one Ed Cooley’s workouts, Friar Mascot!


notes What URI did this weekend landing E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin was great and all, but I think we need to dial it down on the whole Cooley vs. Hurley thing. Matthews is a great get, and URI is giving him the opportunity to play point guard. We have that Kris Dunn guy, remember? Hassan Martin seems like a solid forward, but with Harris and Desrosiers on board for next year, where would he fit in right away? Let’s face it, the Friars have not been winning much for a long time, so it’s going to be tough convincing some of these guys to be role players from the start. Cooley can sell his vision and himself, which is certainly a factor, but the W’s need to come at some point. I have faith that Ed Cooley will fill in the 2013 class with good pieces, setting up for a really big season. That being said, the PC / URI game in Kingston next year is going to be amazing.

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