Providence and Seton Hall had played nearly 27 minutes of their important rematch at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Wednesday night when the return of the slip and slide court from last season’s Marquette game reared it’s ugly head. Both Rodney Bullock and Myles Powell slipped near the corner in front of the Seton Hall bench and that, combined with Desi Rodriguez slipping and injuring his ankle near the end of the first half, led to the officials suspending action due to unsafe playing conditions. Once the game begins the officials have complete control.
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including a God Shammgod update, Providence’s upcoming visitors, an updated Scout.com 2019 recruit rankings, and more.
God Signs an Extension
God Shammgod left Providence for a job in player development with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks last July. After a successful year in Dallas in which Shammgod has received credit for the improvement of Harrison Barnes, the Mavs locked up the former Friar with a 4-year contract extension. While Barnes’ improvement is noteworthy for the Mavs after they signed him to a 4-year, $94.4 million contract, what may be motivating the Mavericks to keep Shammgod around is Dennis Smith, Jr. Shammgod and Smith have a prior relationship from Smith’s high school days and he is expected to be the point guard of the future after being taken 9th overall in April’s NBA Draft.
The Providence Friars official men’s basketball Twitter account tweeted out this picture last week of the floor being prepped for a re-design and we now have our first look at the new Dunkin’ Donuts Center court via the Dunkin’ Donuts Center’s Snapchat account.
— PC Men's Basketball (@PCFriarsmbb) September 12, 2017
Each Monday I’ll do my best to answer some of your questions. The below are actual e-mails and tweets from readers. In some cases I have cleaned up the questions for grammar and clarity.
I got lots of questions about Providence native and top 2018 recruiting target David Duke. Let’s start there…
Tim C. asks:
Updates on David Duke? When should we expect a decision? Are the Friars still the front runners after he scheduled official visits to Florida and Virginia Tech?
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including Providence’s recruiting efforts, Jon Rothstein’s annual practice visit, a fun segment with Ed Cooley on Big East Shootaround, and more.
Recruiting Never Stops
Recruiting never stops and that’s certainly true when the NCAA recruiting calendar turns from “Quiet Period” to “Recruiting Period”, which happened on September 9th. The Friar staff — the full staff of Ed Cooley, Jeff Battle, Brian Blaney and Ivan Thomas — was spotted at Cushing Academy that first day to see prized 2018 recruit David Duke. The Friar staff subsequently completed an in-home visit with Duke and his family. Duke’s recruitment is one that has Friar fans on the edge of their seat. He’s not only a local kid from Providence, but he reminds many of former Friar and current Chicago Bull Kris Dunn. Duke is scheduled to take an official visit to Florida next weekend, followed by an official visit to Virginia Tech where his good friend and former Cushing roommate Wabissa Bede is a freshman.
The 2017-18 Big East schedule was released on Tuesday and the Friars will open league play on the road for the third straight season. Each and every one of the 90 Big East league games will be on national television with at least 17 games will be played on FOX. Last year there were 12 games on FOX. The Big East also has a deal with CBS to televise games. At least 2 games will be on CBS while at least 18 contests will be shown on CBS Sports Network. That’s the same as last season with CBS and CBSSN.
Here is Providence’s 2017-18 Big East schedule:
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.