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Friartown News and Notes 11.13.12

dave@friarblog —  November 13th, 2012 8:59 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

As Barney Stinson would say, SUIT UP! Hey, where’s Carson Desrosiers?


notes Speaking of the suits, all of the players not eligible to play right now (Sidiki Johnson, Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers, and Ricky Ledo) did not make the trip with the team to Puerto Rico due to NCAA rules. This must be especially hard for Ricky Ledo, who is of Puerto Rican discent. The rest of the team and staff landed there today.

notes Still nothing new on Vincent Council’s hammy. He is going to Puerto Rico, but I highly highly doubt he will play. Sounds like he could be out for the next several weeks. I say play it safe and wait until the 2nd semester when Sidiki and hopefully Kris Dunn can play.

link Bryant Game Recaps: GoLocalProv, Woonsocket, Sun ChronicleFriar Basketball, Boston Sports Nut

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Friartown News and Notes 10.23.12

dave@friarblog —  October 23rd, 2012 10:02 PM —  Comments

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


The Ed Cooley “We’re gonna bite some asses” quote from BIG EAST Media Day really needed to have a Meme. Recaption away.

cooley bite

link Connecticut Post: Chris Elsberry: Providence, Cooley have chip on shoulder from coaches’ preseason poll

Coach Cooley, flashing his inner Walter White (sans meth making and drug dealing).

“(Those games) ate at me but I also realized that I was inheriting a team that just wasn’t close (chemistry-wise),” Cooley said. “And I think the closer that we become, those kind of games become easier to win, because our guys will play with a purpose of togetherness and not so much individually.”

To that extent, after cleaning house, as it were, Cooley made it a top priority to preach chemistry to his players.
“It was the number one thing we talked about after last season,” Cooley said. “Building chemistry toward success. That was the number one thing we talked about. This team has grown as far as chemistry. Our players are bonding more.”

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Actual photo of Warrior Friar at 12:30 PM, Mal Brown game.

You know how that old rhyme goes. First comes fall, then comes madness, then comes a scrimmage before the season happens.

…Well it goes something like that anyway. No matter; this past Saturday was our first preview of the 2012-2013 men’s basketball squad. Featuring a renovated alumni gym, a slew of new players, and – finally – some basketball!

This being the only time some of the players would get to play in front of the public this season, there was definitely some curiosity for how the performance would be. What would Ledo look like? How are Harris and Carson D? Will Vincent Council live up to expectations? While it’s only an exhibition, I left the campus with some good impressions of this years squad – both playing and non-playing alike. Here’s my Five Factors from the Mal Brown scrimmage:

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Providence College Athletics held its winter sport season ticket holder event on Thursday evening on campus at Peterson Recreation Center. Men’s Basketball served as the centerpiece on a table filled with confidence and optimism.

The turnout was great. Best guess is nearly 1000 in attendance. The voice of Providence College Friar Men’s Basketball, John Rooke, served as emcee, opening the event with a few remarks to set the stage as the Friar Faithful feasted on a buffet that featured burgers and ribs. Yours truly did not partake as I had stopped by the Italian Corner Deli in East Providence prior to the festivities for what was a phenomenal eggplant grinder (Sandwich #9 on the menu board if you are scoring at home). There was also a cash bar (notice lack of mention of my not partaking here).

Italian Corner Deli

It’s All About the #9 (Photo Courtesy of Italian Corner’s Facebook Page)

The entire Men’s Basketball team was in attendance, including players currently not on the active roster but who figure immensely in the optimism: Ricky Ledo (backpack in tow), Sidiki Johnson (rocking an old school-themed Friar lid), as well as the hatless Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris. As @RayWolslegel33 pointed out to me, tonight was notable in contrast to the Keno era, where two years ago there were maybe two or three players at this event.

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The Friar Daily 9.26.12

dave@friarblog —  September 26th, 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

picture @soccerhooligan7 Tweet

Who wants to play some Friars cornhole? I must have this.


link ProJo: What you see isn’t exactly what you’ll get

Great article by Kevin McNamara on the upcoming season, including the great revelation that Ed Cooley calls Ted Bancroft “White Lightning”. Reminds me of that awesome cameo from Jesse Ventura in the move “Major League”. BLACK HAMMER / WHITE LIGHTNING. “Mine fell the hardest!”. “Mine are the deadest”. “HAHAHAHAHA”. Watch out BIG EAST foes, you are going to be the deadest with Teddy B on the court.

As for the seven players who will begin the season, Cooley is impressed and says the group is “light years ahead” of where the Friars were a year ago.

“Just the pace of what we do at practice, the way we run, the intensity and, of course, the skill level. We’re moving in the right direction,” he says.

notes The Kevin McNamara article also confirms some the suspicions lately about recruiting for 2013. The staff is heavily focusing on 2014, but they would like to add another PG to replace Council. I don’t think we are in for any big splashes other than possibly Russ “the Buss” Patterson or Dayshon Smith.

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The Friar Daily 9.1.12

dave@friarblog —  September 1st, 2012 9:22 AM —  Comments

link GoLocalProv: John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud

The NBA?

Ricky Ledo checked in to Providence College this week, as all incoming freshmen are supposed to do. It’s a story, because we say it is…because we’re interested in whether or not he plays a game for the Friars this year – and maybe the next. So, what does Ledo care about? I’ll wager it’s not what you – or I – think he cares about…

link Friar Basketball: “20 in 60″: #16 The Talented Big Men of 2014

CraigL’s first article over at FB. Good stuff.

Abdul Malik Abu – 6’8 PF – Expressions – Kimball Union – Abdul is emerging as one of Ed Cooley’s primary targets for the 2014 class, as there was a member of the PC staff at every Expressions game during the summer.

Abu is that rare low post player who combines great athletic ability and high motor with a powerful body. When I saw him at the Providence Jamfest he was an  absolute beast down low. Abu had a great summer and is now on everyone’s top 100 list (ESPN #47). Many schools are starting to show interest, but PC has recruited him the hardest, which has been noted several times by both Abu and the Expressions staff.

calendar2 September 1st is a big day for Friar birthdays. New Friars Josh Fortune and Tyler Harris share the same birthday with Friar legend Ryan Gomes. Happy Birthday to them all!

link PAOK announced Donnie Mcgrath

Former Friar Donnie McGrath will be playing for a new teem in Greece this season. I think this below is translated!

Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) is officially player of PAOK Thessaloniki The two sides were in negotiations for a lot of time but they finally reached an agreement. The player had passed from the team of Thessaloniki the period 2010-11 but an serious injury made PAOK to replace him. That season in 9 matches in the Greek league had 9.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg.

twitter-bird-white-on-blue David Woods Tweet

Back off of our Scoochie, Butler!

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link Smith still wide open

Speaking of Scoochie.

“Off the court he’s a great kid, very coachable no problems at all. It’s a pleasure coaching him, we’re expecting big things from him this year.”

Illinois came through with an offer this summer to the 6-foot-2, 160-pound guard, who also holds offers from Dayton, Rhode Island, Drexel, Manhattan, St. Bonaventure and Wichita State, among many other mid-majors. The likes of Indiana, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Miami and Penn State have all been showing interest.

“I mean I’m hoping to trim my list down, but everyone is pretty equal right now,” admitted Smith. “I’m going to take unofficial and official visits before deciding, but I really don’t have any timetable right now.”

Tyler Harris Picks N.C. State…NEXT!

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2010 3:34 PM

OK, so the Providence Friars track record with recruits making a big announcement with a press conference or on TV continues to not go PC’s way.

Tyler Harris has decided to head to the ACC to play for the North Carolina State Wolf Pack.

Time to move on and go to plan B.

Source: ZagsBlog: Tyler Harris Makes the Call


Tyler Harris Interview

dave@friarblog —  November 5th, 2010 12:29 PM

Tyler: NC State? Iowa? Providence? Bound

Box of M.E.S.S interviewed Tyler Harris before his commitment today.

What are your predictions on NC State ( 2009/2010: 20-16), Iowa (2009/2010: 10-22) and Providence (2009/2010: 12-19) 2010-2011 Season?

All these schools should have a great season. With CJ Leslie and Ryan Harrow at NCState they are going to be real good. Providence should also do well with Marshon Brooks. He’s a great player and a hardworker. Iowa’s new coaching staff should lead the team in the right right direction they will also have a good team.

What did you like about each coach? What factored into your decision on making them your Final 3?

Each of the coaches were great I had a good relationship with all of them. They all had a style of play where I felt I can fit into very well. That’s why each of these schools were on my list. The coach made a big factor in the decision.

Tyler will be making his announcement this morning at 11:30, live on SNY.

Not that this should dissuade Friartown from wanting a verbal from 2011 PF Tyler Harris, but the ESPNU Rankings were just updated and he is now out of the Top 100. The previous rankings had him at #74 overall. The 6”8’ 185lb lefty is now just rated 22nd at his position, and was downgraded from a 95 Scouts Grade to a 91 (and now at 3 stars down from 4).

According to their grading scale, here is where Harris now falls.

89-91: Mid-major plus prospect
Player is a fringe high-major recruit who contributes or a standout mid-level recruit.

These rankings fall in line with where Harris was rated on other scouting sites, such as Scout and Rivals.

I still think he sounds like he would be a solid get for Keno and staff (I’ve never seen him play, just going on what I’ve been reading from people who know way more about basketball than I).  The Top-100 tag is definitely a nice thing to tout (for attracting future recruits higher in the rankings and as comfort for us fans), but he is still the same player the staff initially targeted.  He also has a full senior season to put in.  We’ve also seen a few Top 100 guys come PC’s way (or in Joe Young’s case, not come our way) and not pan out (Brewington, Brown, DeSean White etc), so who knows with these young kids?  A 6”8’ wing who can shoot and score with the potential to add some more weight and develop into a really good player? Sign me up.

Tyler Harris will announce his decision on Friday.  His final choices are PC, NC State, and Iowa. 

H/T Dave Telep via Twitter

Providence in Final 3 For Tyler Harris

dave@friarblog —  October 28th, 2010 6:11 PM

Harris Down to 3; Thomas, Faust to Announce

The 6-foot-8 wing from Long Island and Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep will not visit St. John’s this weekend as originally scheduled and is now down to N.C. State, Iowa and Providence.