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2016-17 Team Awards Given Out at End of Season Banquet

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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Providence Sophomore Guard Ricky Council II to Transfer

Providence now has their second offseason departure with the news that sophomore guard Ricky Council II will transfer, he announced on his Instagram page. The North Carolina native spent two seasons at Providence with very limited minutes. In 19 career games at Providence, Council averaged 0.9 points/game and 0.5 rebounds/game in 3.5 minutes/game. Council came to Providence after doing a post-graduate year at Moravian Prep and was billed as a shooter and scorer. His best game at Providence was in November of his freshman year when he scored 5 points in 9 minutes in a blowout win over Brown.

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Providence’s Rodney Bullock Testing NBA Draft Waters

Providence junior Rodney Bullock will put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters,’s Jeff Goodman tweeted. Bullock is taking advantage of the rule change made in January 2016 that allow college players to enter the NBA Draft multiple times and still maintain their eligibility to return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent. Goodman’s tweet indicates Bullock is not going to sign with an agent.

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Providence Sophomore Ryan Fazekas to Transfer

The first offseason defection occurred on Wednesday when news broke that Providence sophomore wing Ryan Fazekas would transfer, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Fazekas saw his minutes and role diminish greatly in his second season at Providence after starting off hot in his freshman season until that year was derailed by mononucleosis.

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WATCH: Providence News Conference in Dayton

Providence’s Kyron Cartwright, Rodney Bullock, Emmitt Holt and Jalen Lindsey will meet with the media from 1:35pm ET through 1:55pm ET. Ed Cooley is scheduled to meet with the media from 1:55pm ET through 2:15pm ET. Following this news conference the Friars will hold an open practice from 2:20pm ET through 3:00pm ET at UD Arena:

The Providence players are at 46:30. Cooley is at 1:06:20.

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The Official 2017 Big East Postseason Awards

Awards season in college basketball is just heating up with the regular season less than a week old in the major conferences. The Big East announced their All-League teams on Sunday and some of their individual awards on Monday. The big awards will be announced at 4:30pm ET Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, which is a couple hours before the Big East Tournament tips off. Here are my official 2017 Big East Postseason Awards. Hold your applause till the end, please.

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Providence’s Kyron Cartwright is Big East’s Most Improved Player

For the second straight season the Providence Friars are home to the Big East’s Most Improved Player. Kyron Cartwright was chosen by the league’s coaches as the 2016-17 Big East Most Improved Player a day after being named a Second Team All-Big East performer in his junior season with the Friars. Cartwright is the fourth player in school history to win this award and he’s the third player coached by Ed Cooley to do so.  Previous winner include Ben Bentil (2016), Kadeem Batts (2013) and Herbert Hill (2007).

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