Archives For Ryan Gomes

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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Early this week, Utah State junior Danny Berger collapsed at practice and stopped breathing, but was thankfully revived and taken to the hospital. What saved him? An Automated External Defibrillator. Does that sound familiar? Ryan Gomes created the Hoops for Heart Health Foundation to help address the problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in high school, college, and pro sports. Those machines are exactly what Gomes helps donate.

According to the website:

“I started Hoops For Heart Health to bring together the basketball community in order to raise awareness to the growing problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in student athletes,” said Gomes. “If we can save just one life, it makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”

Well, according to USUfans, the defibrillator used to save Berger was in fact donated by Gomes.

Thanks to AGGIEFIGHT on I learned today that this device was donated to Utah State University by NBA player Ryan Gomes. Before Gomes made it to the NBA, he had an AAU teammate who passed away after collapsing in a pre game warmup session simply because an AED was not available to save him. Gomes teamed up with a charity known as Hoops for Heart Health with a goal of donating AED’s to schools and Rec
centers around the country.

Friartown should be very proud of Ryan, and what he has been able to accomplish off the court.

Friartown News and Notes 11.26.12

dave@friarblog —  November 26th, 2012 8:31 AM —  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

“Hey what time is it?” “Time to start having more of us play!”


link Fairfield Game Recaps: AP,,, Woonsocket Call, Sun Chronicle, Connecticut Post,, Friar Basketball

notes Bryce Cotton is 8th in the nation in scoring. AND HE’S PLAYING OUT OF POSITION. A big part of his success is that he’s getting to the line at a much higher rate (58.4 free throw rate so far this year, compared with 28.7 last season), along with spreading out his scoring from all over the court. The percentages of how Cotton gets his points: Two pointers – 36.9%, Three pointers 32.7%, free throws – 30.2%. Last year, Cotton got 50.5% of his points from three pointers.

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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.


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 10.1.12

dave@friarblog —  October 1st, 2012 9:26 PM —  Comments

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

October, and the month where practice officially kicks off is finally here. September is gone, and so is the “Friar Daily” name. Welcome to Friartown News and Notes. Do you have a cool pic with you and your Friar gear, or anything PC basketball related? Email it to and get it featured here!

picture DannyALovi Tweet

The Brooklyn Nets had their Media Day today, and I came across this image of Marshon. Can you blame him for posing like this? It’s the only tactic Keno Davis taught him on defense in three years, and must be hard habit to break. It’s called the scarecrow!


notes Rodney Bullock tweeted this weekend that he had an “amazing” time at his visit. Good work Mr. Fortune. I never saw anything official online saying there was an offer out, but Bullock did confirm to me that he holds an offer from Providence.

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The Friar Daily 9.28.12

dave@friarblog —  September 28th, 2012 9:12 PM —  Comments

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

picture Carson Desrosiers Tweet

The boys are looking sharp in the official team photo. What I would give to have all 13 of these guys play this season. Come on, Kris Dunn’s shoulder looks FINE. Get him out on the court! Man, Carson Desrosiers is tall. He should also be proud because he is also the tannest white dude, as an astute person tweets.


notes Rodney Bullock was on his official visit today. According to Steve Hartnett on Twitter, assistant coach Andre LaFleur was the lead recruiter. Of course it had to be a crappy rainy day.

notes 2013 Combo guard Rene Castro was rumored to visit campus this afternoon for an unofficial. Castro, who plays at Worcester Academy, has seen his stock fall over the last year after seeing big interest from such teams as Pitt this past spring. I’ve heard George Washington is one of the leaders, and he has a lot of offers from other A-10 schools. Providence has not offered as of yet from what I understand.

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The Friar Daily 9.19.12

dave@friarblog —  September 19th, 2012 9:21 PM —  Comments

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

picture Brice Kofane Instagram


So Kofane said that this was Ricky Ledo in the Instagram post, but it doesn’t really look like him. Plus, he’s wearing Ted Bancroft’s jersey. WTF? Who is this Friar?

link The Indianapolis Star: Update on former Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson

Lots of competition for this 2013 guard who excels on the defensive end. If he was planning on playing at Indiana, somewhere like PC seems incredibly different, but we got the Cool Hand.

“I would say he’s shot the ball a lot better than I anticipated,” Smith said. “Everybody knew he was athletic, but his shot from the perimeter has been consistent. I’d like to see him improve his ballhandling, but that’s something we can work on.”

Smith said Villanova offered Patterson a scholarship on Tuesday night. Florida State, Providence, SMU and Xavier have also offered. His family had in-home visit with Xavier on Monday and will have in-home visits this week with Providence (Wednesday) and Florida State (Thursday). SMU coach Larry Brown will be on campus Wednesday to meet with Patterson.

“Some schools are asking if he plans to sign in the fall or spring, Smith said. “That’s something he’ll have to talk about with his family.”

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The Friar Daily 9.14.12

dave@friarblog —  September 14th, 2012 9:21 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 in Russia

Marshon had a successful week in Russia, meeting Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, dealing with Russian vodka, and spending some time teaching young Euros how to play the basketball. This picture really makes me want to play Tetris. Original Gameboy Tetris was where it was at.


(Photo by ESPN)

link ESPN New York: Brooks’ goal: Sixth Man Award

Our boy Marshon is all growns up. Creating opportunities!?!

“I feel like the sixth man is a much more important role these days. It’s used a lot of different,” Brooks said. “I wouldn’t say there’s anything wrong with the Thunder’s perspective. I think with James Harden coming off the bench, they could run their offense through him — and that’s what I can do. I’m just going to provide that spark for the team in any way possible. I’m going to look to create opportunities for my teammates as well as score the ball.”

link Newsday: MarShon Brooks opens up about dealing with trade rumors

I’m glad the Nets were able to keep him, as I enjoy the ability to throw on YES on any given night with the chance to catch Marshon in action.

“It was tough,” Brooks told Newsday on Thursday in a conversation from Moscow, Russia, where he’s participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. “It was my first time going through that, my first time going through trade rumors. But at the end of the day, I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘We are talking about Dwight Howard right now, so get out your feelings, young man.’
“Dwight Howard is Dwight Howard, so I got over it as time went on. But it was tough at first, seeing my name in so many different trade rumors. But I got over it. It’s a business. This is what I signed up for, so this is what I get.”

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Gomes Channels His Inner Russell Westbrook

dave@friarblog —  September 14th, 2012 8:48 PM —  Comments

Pictures from Ryan Gomes’ 30th Birthday Bash are now online for your living vicariously through a former Friar star pleasure. You can view the gallery here.

In the picture below, Ryan seems like he’s trying to enhance his NBA stock a little (he’s currently a free-agent) by going for the Russell Westbrook post-game look. With that white jacket, maybe he’s paying homage to the Friars Club, or secretly was a member in his PC days?? My mom always wanted me to join that (Mom for the last time, I know I would look cute in that jacket, but c’mon!), but the initial campus tour when I was deciding on colleges was enough for me. Plus, I didn’t really want to be in a cult. Love the old granny glasses look, RG.


Seems like Gomes had a great time, especially around these chics below. Don’t worry, his loving wife was also in attendance. Welcome to the 30 club, Ryan!


The Friar Daily 9.4.12

dave@friarblog —  September 4th, 2012 9:25 PM —  Comments

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

link GoLocalProv: Ledo: “I will play for PC”

No doubt the biggest news today was about…you guessed it! Ricky Ledo. Even if the NCAA rules him ineligible to play, Ledo says he will stay in school this year and play next season instead. Jeff Goodman is not impressed. I think we know why! It’s great news for sure, since the sting of losing him this season could be tolerated when dreaming of Ledo, a healthy Dunn, a junior Henton, and Tyler Harris / Carson Desrosiers ready to go. However, a lot can happen in a year…

More: Kevin McNamara on Ledo, ESPN blog post, NBC College Basketball Talk has learned that Providence College and Ledo should hear from the NCAA Eligibility Centerwithin the next 48 hours regarding Ledo’s status.

Ledo said, “even if that happens, I’m going to go to school here this year and play here next year.”

Cooley is also shocked at how much attention Ledo’s eligibility is receiving. “It could be a reality TV show for crying out loud,” he said. “Friar fans should know that regardless of what happens with Ricky, we’re having a season this year. We’ll have five Friars out on the floor this winter.”

link ESPN: 3-point shot: UCLA has time to clear players

Andy Katz kicked in some news regarding the Ledo stuff we already kind of knew about, in addition to an update about Kris Dunn. While comimg back for BIG EAST play was something Friartown was already expecting, it’s good to know that the first few months after his shoulder surgery have gone without any issues.

Providence starts school Tuesday and star freshman wing Ricky Ledo still doesn’t know if he’s been cleared yet by the NCAA eligibility center. Ledo went to four different high schools, raising red flags about his transcripts. Ledo was at Monday’s team meeting with head coach Ed Cooley and is expected to be in class Tuesday, even though he hasn’t been cleared yet. The Friars are down in numbers with only nine healthy/eligible players for the start of the fall semester. Guard Kris Dunn, the second-most touted PC recruit, is recovering from a torn labrum. Cooley said Monday that he expects Dunn to be playing by the time the Big East schedule begins in January.

notes I haven’t really seen this anywhere, but is it possible that the NCAA could clear Ledo just for the 2nd semester for academic reasons? Imagine that roster reload come BIG EAST play for the Friars? Sidiki Johnson, Kris Dunn, and Ricky Ledo?

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