Providence hosted fans, parents, alumni and friends at their end of season banquet for the 2014-15 men’s basketball team. The event was held at the Omni Hotel and featured speeches from athletic director Bob Driscoll, president Fr. Brian Shanley, associate athletic director Steve Napolillo and head coach Ed Cooley. In addition to the team awards being given out for last season’s accomplishments the graduating seniors were honored and allowed to speak to the crowd to share their thanks and appreciation for all the support during their time at Providence College.
- ICYMI – Kris Dunn Officially Announces Return to Providence
- The recruiting guide for the 2nd live evaluation period of April will be updated throughout the weekend and you can track over 50 Providence recruits via that guide.
- TheDay.com – Gavin Keefe – Dunn plans to return for junior year, ‘excited about next season’
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Kris Dunn to return for junior season at Providence College
- Cox Hub – Daniel James – Fans Rejoice At The Return Of Kris Dunn
- FriarBasketball.com – Craig Belhumeur – Kris Dunn’s Unique Path
- CBSSports.com – Sam Vecenie – Providence PG Kris Dunn to return for junior season
- Cox Hub – New England Recruiting Report – Kris Dunn Is Returning To Providence
- HoopsHabit.com – Bobby Reagan – NCAA: Kyle Wiltjer And Kris Dunn Lead Player Of The Year Talks
As good a time as any to take another look at Kevin Farrahar’s video of Kris Dunn’s 2014-15 season highlights:
- ICYMI – Providence Recruiting Guide to the 2nd April 2015 Live Evaluation Period
- ICYMI – Report: Fordham Transfer Eric Paschall Expected to Commit to Villanova
- Cox Hub – New England Recruiting Report – Five Things We Learned From The Northeast Hoops Festival
- FriarBasketball.com – Craig Belhumeuer – Kris Dunn Reactions
- Bleacher Report – Jonathan Wasserman – Providence’s Kris Dunn Making Risky to Pass on 2015 NBA Draft
- RIPR.org – Mike Szostak – Returning To PC Is The Smart Move For Kris Dunn
- Friars.com – Former Friar Hal Gill Announces His Retirement From The NHL
So much for taking that Providence visit. Fordham transfer Eric Paschall is expected to announce a commitment to Villanova on Friday, per a report by Adam Zagoria. Paschall got permission to contact school following the firing of Fordham coach Tom Pecora. Since that time Paschall and his father Juan have visited Villanova and Florida and the elder Paschall told me no decision would be made until they visited Providence. Apparently something changed on that front. Bob Simon going to Alabama may have played a role but I’ve been told that Cooley also has a good connection with the Paschall’s, so it was a little puzzling to me that a visit never happened.
Paschall was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in his only season at Fordham and will have to sit out the 2015-16 season at Villanova, per NCAA transfer rules. He will have 3 years of eligibility remaining with the Wildcats and will only turn 19 this November. This is a very good pickup for Jay Wright and the year off should allow Paschall to develop him body and game to get ready for the jump up to the Big East in 2016-17.
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- ICYMI – Matchups and Dates Announced for Inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games
- ICYMI – Report: Kris Dunn Will Return to Providence for Junior Season
- TheDay.com – Gavin Keefe – Dunn still contemplating his future
- Kevin Farrahar of FriarBasketball.com put together this cool video:
- Craig Belhumeur is organizing a team of Providence alumni to play in The Tournament this year. For those not familiar, The Tournament is open to all entries but only 24 teams are ultimataly chosen to compete for the $1 million prize. 18 teams are chosen based on fan voting and then 6 others are selected as at-large teams. So far Craig has signed Brian McKenzie and will be adding more Friar alums to the roster in the coming weeks. Sign up and become a fan of the Providence Alumni team now.
- Cayleigh Griffin and Kim Adams from the Big East Digital Network break down the matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games: