Providence dropped their updated roster for the 2017-18 season over the weekend. The Friars added four new names and four names from 2016-17 are gone. Some players grew in height and/or weight, while one player shrunk an inch. No returning players changed their number. Here’s the 2017-18 Providence Friars roster as of June 5, 2017:
- Providence lost walk-on Casey Woodring to graduation and Bryan Donovan has opted to transfer to Division III Roger Williams University to get an opportunity to play, per a source. Donovan will be eligible immediately and have 4 years of eligibility left.
- The Friars lost two scholarship players to transfer. Ryan Fazekas, who had shoulder surgery last week, has decided to transfer to Valparaiso. Ricky Council II transferred to UMBC. Both players will sit out the 2017-18 season and then have two more years of eligibility.
- Incoming freshmen Nate Watson, Makai Ashton-Langford, Dajour Dickens and preferred walk-on Andrew Fonts all debut on the Providence roster with their numbers. Watson chose 0. He is the third Friar to ever don that number with the most notable being Ben Bentil. Ashton-Langford will wear 1. The most notable PC player to wear that number is another point guard in Donnie McGrath. Dickens will wear 33. The 7-footer joins Otis Thorpe, Jamel Thomas and, most recently, Carson Desrosiers with that number choice. Fonts will wear 10, which was recently worn by Kadeem Batts and is also the number Friar legend Joe Hassett wore from 1973-77.
- Maliek White grew an inch and added 10 pounds to be listed at 6’3, 190.
- Alpha Diallo added 6 pounds to be listed as 211.
- Kalif Young added 5 pounds to be listed at 255.
- Emmitt Holt added 10 pounds to be listed at 240.
- Jalen Lindsey added 7 pounds to be listed at 227.
- Drew Edwards shrunk an inch to be listed at 6’4. He is also listed as a junior. My understanding is that the plan is to apply for the medical redshirt at the end of Edwards’ career, similar to what the Friars did with Ted Bancroft.
- Tom Planek grew an inch to be listed at 6’7.
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