The NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on Wednesday and, once again, the Providence men’s basketball team saw their multi-year rate trending up. Since the arrival of Ed Cooley in the spring of 2011 the multi-year APR has increased after a dip following Cooley’s first season due largely to transfers. From a nadir of 915 following the 2011-12 season, Providence’s APR has skyrocketed to a high of 984 for the 2015-16 season, the latest year data is available. That marks the best multi-year APR in school history.
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Providence will have two of their committed 2017 recruits compete in the inaugural Allen Iverson Roundball Classic in Hampton Roads, VA. Brewster Academy point guard Makai Ashton-Langford and Bethel HS center Dajour Dickens will take part in the game that will be played on Friday, April 21st at 7pm. You can catch the game at the below stream via SUVtv.
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The NCAA Tournament returns to Providence in 2021, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. Providence College will serve as the host at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. Those games will be played on March 18 and March 20th of 2021. This will be the fourth time the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has been the site for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. The other times were 2016, 2010, 1996 and 1989. The Dunk has also been the site of the East Regional games in 1985, 1978 and 1975.
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Providence hosted fans, parents, alumni and friends at their end of season banquet for the 2016-17 men’s basketball team on Saturday night. The event was held at the Omni Hotel and featured a visit from recently available 2017 top-35 recruit Makai Ashton-Langford and his family. This marks the third straight year that Providence has hosted a recruit the weekend of their annual postseason team banquet. Nigel Williams-Goss visited Providence during the end of season banquet in 2015 and Alpha Diallo attended the event last spring.
Here are the team awards:
- Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Players: Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock
- John Zannini Coaches Award: Casey Woodring
- Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect: Kalif Young and Maliek White
- Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year: Alpha Diallo
- Unsung Hero Award: Isaiah Jackson
- Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award: Emmitt Holt
- Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player: Jalen Lindsey
- Thomas Ramos Academic Award: Tom Planek (3.74 GPA)
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The calendar has turned to April and with last night’s result in the books it’s officially the offseason in college basketball for all 351 schools. The coaching carousel is in full swing and the recruiting wire is buzzing with de-commitments, re-commitments, transfers and more. Providence has had great success these last 4 years and I’ve been lucky enough to cover the team for the last 3. Before I get any further into this post I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to everyone that has visited the site, tweeted, emailed, messaged or discussed Providence hoops at a bar with me these last 1,170 days since pcbb1917.com went live back on January 21, 2014. There have been more than 1.24 million views here since then and I think that’s pretty cool for a fanbase of a small Catholic school in Rhode Island.
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Obviously the result of this game wasn’t what Providence fans wanted. The 15 point halftime lead never truly felt comfortable. That’s a product of watching plenty of Providence games over the years that has fans always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Usually that other shoe is a player transferring or an injury or a coach leaving that cripples the program in the short term and sometimes even the long term.
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The postseason honors continue to roll in for Providence’s top two players. After both being named to the Big East Second Team on Sunday, Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock were named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District I Team on Tuesday. In addition to being named to the All-District I team, Cartwright was named the District I Player of the Year. He becomes the third straight Providence player to be named District I Player of the Year and the sixth Friar all-time. The previous winners were Kris Dunn (2016, LaDontae Henton (2015), Jamine Peterson (2010), Ryan Gomes (2005) and Austin Croshere (1997).
Cartwright was also named the Big East’s Most Improved Player on Monday. District I is made up of colleges in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The voters are USBWA members in each district. Full disclosure, I am a USBWA member and voter.
Here is the full list of Players of the Year and All-District teams released by USBWA:
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