The Big East will hold their annual Media Day on Wednesday, October 18th at Madison Square Garden. All ten member schools send their head coach and usually a few players to NYC each year to hear Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman give her “State of the Big East” speech and meet with the media ahead of the upcoming season. Providence will have X players in attendance this year, the league announced today via the Big East Men’s Basketball Twitter account. Seniors Rodney Bullock and Kyron Cartwright will be joined by sophomores Alpha Diallo and Kalif Young as Providence’s player representatives.
Providence junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.
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 junior Rodney Bullock will put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters, ESPN.com’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.
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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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 pcbb1917.com 2017 Big East Postseason Awards. Hold your applause till the end, please.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Andrew Chrabascz, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Portsmouth, R.I.
*Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-3, 210, Wichita Falls, Tex.
*Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, Jr., 6-10, 240, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
*Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, So., 6-2, 190, Lincolnshire, Ill.
*Josh Hart, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 215, Silver Spring, Md.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Indianapolis, Ind,
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Kelan Martin, Butler, F, So., 6-7, 220, Louisville, Ky.
Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Rodney Bullock, Providence, F, Jr., 6-8, 225, Hampton, Va.
Kyron Cartwright, Providence, G, Jr., 5-11, 185, Compton, Calif.
Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-4, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Rodney Pryor, Georgetown, G, Gr., 6-5, 205, Evanston, Ill.
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, 235, Upper Marlboro, Md.
BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM^
*Kamar Baldwin, Butler, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Winder, Ga.
*Justin Patton, Creighton, F, Fr., 7-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
Markus Howard, Marquette, G, Fr., 5-11, 175, Chandler, Ariz.
*Marcus LoVett, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-0, 175, Fort Wayne, Ind.
*Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-1, 165, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-5, 205, Wilmington, Del.
Release from Providence Athletics:
Providence’s Kyron Cartwright And Rodney Bullock Named All-BIG EAST Second Team
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It was announced on Sunday, March 5 that Providence College juniors Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) and Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Friars have placed two players on the All-BIG EAST Teams.
Cartwright and Bullock joined Butler’s Kelan Martin, Creighton’s Justin Patton, and Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The conference’s head coaches choose the all-conference teams. The coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Cartwright leads the league in assists in overall action (6.8 apg) and he led in conference play (6.2 apg.). He also ranks third in the nation in assists per game. In addition, he is averaging 11.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. Cartwright finished the season leading the league in assists in conference play to mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that a Friar has led the BIG EAST in assists in conference play. The other three Friars that have led the league in assists in the last six years were Kris Dunn in 2016 (7.7 apg), Bryce Cotton in 2014 (6.1 apg), and Vincent Council in 2013 and 2012 (7.2 apg and 8.0 apg). Other Friars who led the league in assists in conference play were God Shammgod in 1997 (6.8 apg), Abdul Abdullah in 1994 (7.3 apg) and Ricky Tucker in 1983 (6.3 apg). For the season, Cartwright has 211 assists in 31 games this season. He is just the 12th players in the history of Friar basketball to register 200 or more assists in a season. He has registered 10 or more assists five times this season, including 12 assists twice.
Bullock leads the team in scoring (16.1 ppg). He also leads the squad in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Bullock ranks 10th in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding. He has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week once (Dec. 5) and has been named to the league’s Honor Roll six times. Bullock has recorded a team-best five double-doubles this season. He has scored 20 or more points nine times this season, including a career-high 36 points in a win versus New Hampshire on November 30.
The Friars finished the regular season with a 20-11 mark overall and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play. Providence earned the third seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will play No. 6 seed Creighton on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.