Coach Cooley to be Assistant on USA U18 Team #pcbb

It was announced yesterday that Coach Cooley will be one of Billy Donovan’s assistants, along with Arizona’s Sean Miller, for the USA Basketball U18 team that will compete in the FIBA Americas. All players who participate must be born on or after January 1, 1996 so the team will be comprised of current high school students. The last U18 team for USA in 2012 consisted of:

NAME POS HGT WGT SCHOOL
Nathaniel Britt II G 6’1 158 Gonzaga College H.S., D.C./#North Carolina
Sam Dekker F 6’7 200 Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./*Wisconsin
Shaq Goodwin F 6’8 235 Southwest DeKalb H.S./*Memphis
Jerami Grant F 6’7 190 DeMatha Catholic H.S./*Syracuse
Montrezl Harrell F 6’8 230 Hargrave Military Academy, VA/*Louisville
Jake Layman F 6’7 180 King Phillip Regional H.S./*Maryland
Rodney Purvis G 6’4 190 Upper Room Christian Academy/*North Carolina State
Julius Randle F 6’8 235 Prestonwood Christian Academy
James Robinson G 6’3 198 DeMatha Catholic H.S./*Pittsburgh
Marcus Smart G 6’3 210 Marcus H.S./*Oklahoma State
Jarnell Stokes F 6’8 245 University of Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6’4 190 Strake Jesuit College Prep/*Duke
* Indicates the college or university where the player has signed a National Letter of Intent.
# Indicates the college or university where the player has verbally committed.

This is great for Cooley’s exposure and should be a big help on the recruiting trail. They will conduct a training camp in Colorado Springs from June 10-19.  Players on the U17 team who were born on or after January 1, 1996 are:

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
SCHOOL
Tyus Battle
G
6’5
170
Gill St. Bernard’s School
Terrell Brown
C
6’10
185
St. Andrew’s School
Thomas Bryant
F
6’9
210
Bishop Kearney H.S.
Amir Coffey
G
6’6
150
Hopkins H.S.
Bryant Crawford
G
6’2
179
Gonzaga College H.S. (DC)
Eric Davis
G
6’3
161
Arthur Hill H.S.
Juwan Durham
C
6’9
200
Tampa Preparatory School
Henry Ellenson
F/C
6’9
250
Rice Lake H.S.
Terrence Ferguson
G
6’6
170
Prime Prep Academy
DeAaron Fox
G
6’2
175
Cypress Lakes H.S.
Daniel Giddens
F/C
6’10
225
Wheeler H.S.
Harry Giles
F
6’9
210
Wesleyan Christian Academy
Quentin Goodin
G
6’2
175
Taylor County H.S.
Jessie Govan
F
6’9
255
St. Mary’s High School
Mustapha Heron
G
6’4
190
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Josh Jackson
G/F
6’6
175
Consortium College Prep H.S.
Chase Jeter
C
6’8
195
Bishop Gorman H.S.
*Stanley Johnson
F
6’7
226
Mater Dei H.S.
Derrick Jones
F
6’6
180
Arch Bishop Carroll H.S.
*Tyus Jones
G
6’0
171
Apple Valley H.S.
V.J. King
G/F
6’6
175
St. Vincent – St. Mary H.S.
Joshua Langford
G/F
6’5
198
Madison Academy
T.J. Leaf
F
6’8
200
Foothills Christian H.S.
*Kevon Looney
C
6’8
190
Hamilton H.S.
Malik Monk
G
6’3
170
East Poinsett County H.S.
Doral Moore
C
6’11
215
Luella H.S.
Malik Newman
G
6’4
185
Callaway H.S.
Payton Pritchard
G
6’0
170
West Linn H.S.
Ivan Rabb
F
6’10
210
Bishop O’Dowd H.S.
Devearl Ramsey
F
5’10
170
Sierra Canyon H.S.
Kobi Simmons
G
6’4
170
St. Francis H.S.
Horace Spencer
F
6’9
200
William Tennent H.S.
Diamond Stone
F/C
6’10
254
Dominican H.S.
Jayson Tatum
G
6’7
175
Chaminade College Prep
Derryck Thornton
G
6’2
160
Findlay Prep (NV)
*Myles Turner
C
6’11
225
Trinity H.S.
*Rashad Vaughn
G
6’6
203
Findlay Prep (NV)
D.J. Williams
F
6’7
186
Simeon Career Academy
Seventh Woods
G
6’2
170
Hammond School

How #pcbb Can Boost Their RPI Today 2/5/14

There were two games of significance for RPI boostability last night for the Friars. Kentucky took care of Ole Miss but Maryland couldn’t beat North Carolina. With those two results and the home loss against St. John’s, PC’s RPI is now at 52 (was 37).

Two opportunities tonight for PC to get some RPI assistance.

Per Jerry Palm’s “Palm Reader”:

Here’s how PC can boost their RPI today:

#pcbb Links of the Day 2/5/14

Game Recaps

General News

  • Rocky’s Road – Why the Providence Friars Will Make or Miss the NCAA Tournament
  • No rest for the weary – Ed Cooley is expected to be in Huntington, WV tonight to take in the matchup of Huntington Prep and Carlisle. While Carlisle features the #1 player in the class of 2016 in Thon Maker, Cooley is likely more interested in the immediate term with watching 2014 PG recruit JaQuan Lyle who just returned from a weekend official visit to Oregon. I’m sure Cooley also wants to check in on 2014 commit Jalen Lindsey who has been playing very well this season for Huntington Prep.

Rapid Reaction: Johnnies Get Revenge

The Friars got behind early, made a run in the second half but then ran out of gas around the 5 minute mark and St. John’s held on to win 86-76.

Cotton had 32 points and 6 assists despite getting off to a cold shooting start and Batts played really well (15 and 10) all night despite having his shot rejected emphatically a few times early. Josh Fortune chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyler Harris didn’t play much and wasn’t really a factor when he did as he was getting beat on defense early and the St. John’s bigs were much more effective tonight than in Queens so Carson Desrosiers played heavier minutes than usual. CD played well down low and answered with a few blocks of his own.

St. John’s shot lights out in the first half and PC allowed a season high 53 points in the first half. Jakarr Sampson played a great floor game and couldn’t miss. He led the Red Storm with 21 points until D’Angelo Harrison (22 points) went on a personal parade to the free throw line as Ed Cooley opted to extend the game by fouling with about 1:30 remaining.

The 16 point halftime deficit which grew to over 20 at times in the 2nd half proved too much to overcome. As a Xavier fan said last night on Twitter after they fell at Villanova:

“Saturday just became huge.”

Ps: Students-proud of you tonight. You came out, stood up and were loud. Wasn’t that fun? Keep it up.

Kadeem Batts: As He Goes, So Goes Providence #pcbb

This season has sort of been a microcosm of Kadeem Batts’ career. He has been up and down. When he is up, PC usually wins. When he is down, PC usually loses. The numbers bear it out.

This Season When Providence Wins
Points/game Rebounds/game FG %/game FT %/game
13.8 7.9 47% 80%
This Season When Providence Loses
Points/game Rebounds/game FG %/game FT %/game
7.5 6.8 24% 54%

Batts decided to return to Providence this year for his 5th year after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in May 2013. Once that was confirmed, he and Bryce Cotton were immediately deemed to be the leaders for next year’s team. Cotton is more of a lead by example guy but Batts is more vocal and expressive. You can usually tell how he’s feeling by just looking at him.

This has served him well at times.

And not so well at others.

A pattern has emerged.

If Batts is involved and aggressive early in games, he usually plays well. If he isn’t involved and isn’t aggressive early, he tends to get down and it affects his play at both ends. One positive potential change in that pattern occurred on Saturday at DePaul. Batts was not looking good on the offensive end. He missed a few shots within 5 feet and couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm. In the past, this is the kind of thing that would have taken him totally out of the game and resulted in foul trouble and/or a lack of effort on the defensive end. And yet, Batts managed to contribute to the game in other ways. He grabbed 9 rebounds, blocked 2 shots and took a charge late in the game, all while only managing 4 points.

Hopefully that was a preview of a new and improved Kadeem Batts for this 2nd half of conference play stretch run that PC embarks on tonight.

Yesterday he tweeted:

PC fans, no matter if they get frustrated at his poor play at times in some games, are with Kadeem. We know that in order for this team to get to the ultimate goal of their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since the 2003-2004 season, Kadeem Batts needs to be more like the guy who had 27 and 10 against Louisville in 2012 and the guy who had 27 and 12 against Seton Hall in 2013 and the guy who had 14 and 17 against Butler 2 weeks ago.

This is the last ride for Kadeem.  He knows it. He is motivated. In order for he and the Friars to get to the Dance, they need Kadeem to be aggressive and play like he did against St. John’s the first time. They need Kadeem to play like the Senior leader who is fighting for his legacy as a Providence Friar. They need Kadeem play like this:

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