Here are some Providence news and notes from the week.
LaDontae Henton to Sign with LA Clippers
Friar legend LaDontae Henton will sign a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days.com.
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LaDontae Henton’s Mike Duman Auto Sales team won their first game on Wednesday night behind 18 points from Henton to lead all scorers. Henton and his squad take on Cherry Bakaert in the first of 2 semifinal games being played tonight in Portsmouth, VA. The winner advances to the final to be played on Saturday at 8pm against the winner of Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Portsmouth Partnership. The losers of these semifinal games will play just before the championship game at 6pm on Saturday.
Mike Duman Auto Sales
- #00 – Mikh McKinney – 6’1 G – Sacramento State
- #1 – Mike Caffey – 6’0 G – Long Beach State
- #2 – LaDontae Henton – 6’6 SF – Providence
- #3 – Gabriel Olesani – 6’10 C – Iowa
- #4 – Marcus Thornton – 6’4 G – William & Mary
- #5 – Chavaughn Lewis – 6’5 G – Marist
- #12 – Dan Trist – 6’9 PF – Lafayette
- #14 – Brad Waldow – 6’9 PF – St. Mary’s
- #10 – Ralston Turner – 6’5 G – NC State
- #12 – DJ Newbill – 6’4 G – Penn State
- #14 – Jelani Hewitt – 6’2 G – Georgia Southern
- #21 – Treveon Graham – 6’6 SF – VCU
- #23 – Wesley Saunders – 6’5 G – Harvard
- #31 – JJ Avila – 6’7 SF – Colorado State
- #33 – David Laury – 6’9 PF – Iona
- #35 – Amir Williams – 6’11 C – Ohio State
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LaDontae Henton scored 18 points to lead all scorers en route to his team winning their first game of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, VA.
Henton shook off some of his shooting issues that plagued him in the Dayton game and the Reese’s College All Star game and shot 6/12 from the field and 5/5 from the free throw line. Henton also pulled down 6 rebounds in his 27 minutes of action.
Henton’s next game will be Friday at 7pm and that will be the semifinals against Cherry Bakaert.
You can watch the full game below:
Continue reading LaDontae Henton Leads Team to Victory in First Portsmouth Invitational Game
LaDontae Henton was chosen to play in the famed Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, VA that begins on April 8th and runs through April 11th. Henton is one of 7 seniors from the Big East who will participate in the PIT this week. He joins D’Angelo Harrison (St. John’s), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova), Josh Smith (Georgetown), Matt Stainbrook (Xavier) and Jabril Trawick (Georgetown).
Henton is on team Mike Duman Auto Sales, along with familiar names Brad Waldow (St. Mary’s) and Wayne Blackshear (Lousiville). Henton’s team will be coached by Max Gillespie and Gene Arcand and their NBA assistant coach will be Steve Colter. Mike Duman Auto Sales has their first game on April 8th at 9pm.
The AP released their All-American teams on Monday. Not a single player from the Big East conference was named to the 3 All-American teams. Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton were named Honorable Mention All-Americans, along with Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard.
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Ed Cooley on the technical foul: Honest, I didn’t even know I hit the chair. You’re coaching your team. You’re trying to put some emotion into your team. You know, puts the official in a tough spot. And I was conversating with him and it was one of those things, it was more emotion, trying to fire up my team. I actually moved the chair out, I don’t know how it looked on tape or whatever. But I’m just trying to coach my team. That’s what that was about. Honestly, I thought it was, me personally, I’m a character guy. That to me was wrong, in my opinion, from my seat. I’m coaching my team.
Cooley on the 30 to 7 free throw attempt disparity: “Neutral site.”
Question: What was the atmosphere like here tonight? Obviously this felt like a home game for Dayton. Did that come into play? Cooley: “This was a neutral site. It was neutral.”
Cooley on the seniors: “I’m proud of our seniors and I’m proud of LaDontae. I’m proud of Tyler, Carson. Those guys came to Providence when we were struggling with our identity. I couldn’t be more proud of our seniors to where we were some four years ago. I think you gotta look at the big picture. It’s terrible to lose this game. It’s terribke not to see these guys have a postseason win on their resume but everything else they’ve accomplished. So I’m reflecting back a little bit because I’m hurting more for them than the loss.”
Providence arrived in Columbus on Wednesday and were greeted by some Friar fans at the team hotel. After settling in the team watched the Dayton/Boise State game together in their film room at the hotel and “watch[ed] with an open mind” according to Carson Desrosiers. The team practiced Thursday morning with an eye on Dayton for the first time and LaDontae Henton, Kris Dunn, Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers and Ed Cooley met with the media Thursday afternoon around 5pm followed by another team practice.
Here are some of the highlights from that media session:
Continue reading Providence Prepares for Dayton, Meets with the Media