Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including coverage from Big East Media Day, the return of the PC/UConn rivalry, a shout out to Ed Cooley from Kenpom and more.
Big East Media Day Coverage
Big East Media Day was once again held on the floor at Madison Square Garden for the second year in a row. The league would love to do it every year, but it’s dependent on the other MSG tenants’ schedules, namely the Knicks and Rangers. Kalif Young was supposed to be the fourth Friar player in attendance, but he remains sidelined by headache issues. The quick recap is that Providence was picked 4th in the preseason poll and Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock were named to the preseason Second Team All-Big East.
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We’re live from MSG! It’s 2017 Big East Media Day and it feels like college basketball is right around the corner. Providence is being represnted by Ed Cooley, Kyron Cartwright, Rodney Bullock, Alpha Diallo and Kalif Young. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes and quotes, so stay tuned. You should also follow along on Twitter and Instagram.
There will be a special Wednesday edition of the Big East Shootaround show on Facebook Live and Fox Sports GO starting at 9:25am.
Preseason Big East Coaches’Poll
First Team All-Big East
Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Big East
Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason Freshman of the Year
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With the NCAA granting waivers for schools to play beyond their 2 exhibition games in the name of hurricane benefit games, Providence and UConn will renew their rivarly, albeit in a game that doesn’t count. Tickets are now on sale for a game between the Friars and Huskies to be played at 7pm at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday, October 25th. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets range from $10 to $25. “All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to benefit hurricane victims,” per the release sent out by Providence.
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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.
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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/or clarity.
After a week off while honeymooning, the Monday Friar Mailbag returns. I saved some questions from the last version that I’ll answer in this one and I got a bunch of good ones over the weekend. Providence now has a 4-man recruiting class in 2018 with the pledge of David Duke on Friday. A common question has been what will Ed Cooley do with the final open scholarship for 2018. Let’s tackle that first…
Continue reading Monday Friar Mailbag: Last 2018 Scholarship, Holt Update & More
Each October the college basketball season typically kicks off around the country on college campuses with Late Night Madness festivities. Typically the events are a great way for coaching staffs to bring recruits onto campus to show them the facilities, school spirit and be part of a fun environment of dunk contests and live concerts. Providence’s Late Night Madness will be no different, except that there will be an extra air of celebration over the occasion after Ed Cooley locked up Providence native David Duke to put icing on the 2018 recruiting class cake that already included Duke’s Mass Rivals teammate AJ Reeves, North Carolina shooting forward Kris Monroe and burgeoning South Carolina big man Jimmy Nichols. Providence is hosting Reeves and Monroe for official visits this weekend and Duke, home from Cushing Academy to make his commitment announcement on his birthday Friday, will also be in attendance. Cooley is sure to have a rather large smile on his face on Saturday night as the future looks quite bright in Friartown.
My annual disclaimer: many of the names you will see of players in attendance will never actually be recruited by Providence. Grassroots programs bring a van-load of kids to these events because they are entertaining and it’s a chance for kids to see a school’s facilities a little bit. From Providence’s standpoint, it can’t hurt to have players on your campus. You never know who will be the next breakout star from Mass Rivals, so having a player that is 3 or 4 years away from finishing high school on your campus for a marquee recruiting event makes sense.
As I mentioned, Duke, Reeves and Monroe are going to be in attendance. Mass Rivals will also have a large contingent. Here are the names I know about:
- David Duke 2018
- Kris Monroe 2018
- AJ Reeves 2018
- Akok Akok 2019
- Wildens Leveque
- Hassan Diarra 2020 (Mamadou’s younger brother)
- DeMarr Langford 2020 (Makai’s younger brother)
- Kareem Reid 2020
- Anthony Thomas 2020
- Gianni Thompson 2021
- Jonathan Guerrero 2022
I’ll update the visitors list as more names become known.
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Ed Cooley has landed hometown guard David Duke to add a second top-50 player out of the Mass Rivals pipeline to Providence’s 2018 recruiting class. Duke, who announced his decision via social media on Friday — his 18th birthday– chose the Friars over Virginia Tech after also considering Indiana, Florida and Villanova as a final 5. He joins AJ Reeves, Kris Monroe and Jimmy Nichols as committed recruits for the 2018-19 season. Duke’s recruitment had Friar fans on pins and needles, especially as his ranking and profile began to soar after transferring away from local public school Classical High School to Cushing Academy 75 miles north in Ashburnham, MA and spending the last two Spring’s and Summer’s on the adidas circuit with Mass Rivals.
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