Providence made official what has been speculated about for awhile now that Emmitt Holt is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season and redshirt. The school’s release says that Holt “has taken a personal leave from the team this semester” and “will return to the team in January.” Holt has remained off campus recovering from abdominal surgery performed right around the start of the Fall semester.
“Emmitt is one of our team’s most consistent and experienced players, but more importantly, he is an outstanding person,” Ed Cooley said in the release. “We look forward to his return.”
While it’s good news that Holt plans to return to the team in January there’s no doubt that the Friars have missed him both on and off the court over the last few months. Holt was second on the team in scoring last season and was expected to be a key piece to the 2017-18 Friars team. The other aspect that can’t be overlooked is Holt’s impact as an infectious personality and a team leader.
Get well soon, Emmitt.
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Providence’s 2017-18 season is just 4 days away with the season kicking off, along with everyone else in college basketball, on November 10th. The Friars will play their first game of the season on campus at Alumni Hall. It will be the first non-exhibition game that Providence has played at Alumni Hall since 1972, the year before the Dunkin’ Donuts Center — then the Providence Civic Center — opened downtown. The preview for the 2016-17 season read much differently than this one will. Providence was picked 9th out of 10 in the preseason Big East Coaches poll last October, only to finish 3rd and make a school-record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 2017-18 season is expected to result in a fifth consecutive trip to the Big Dance. But with increased expectations come increased pressures. The college basketball odds provide perspective on how different this season is being viewed. The Friars have odds of +15000, or 150/1 to win the national championship. Heading into the 2016-17 season the Friars’ odds were not quite as good at +28000, or 280/1.
Continue reading Providence Friars Look to Take Next Step in 2017-18
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
When: 7:00pm EDT
How: Fox Sports GO (Jay Alpert & Stu Jackson, Kim Adams, Tarik Turner & Donny Marshall sideline)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV
Continue reading Exhibition Game Notes & Preview: Providence vs UConn 10/25/17
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.
Continue reading Friar Friday News & Notes: Big East Media Day Edition
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 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?
Continue reading Monday Friar Mailbag: David Duke Recruitment, 2017-18 Lineups & More
Providence dropped their updated roster for the 2017-18 season over the weekend. The Friars added four new names and four names from 2016-17 are gone. Some players grew in height and/or weight, while one player shrunk an inch. No returning players changed their number. Here’s the 2017-18 Providence Friars roster as of June 5, 2017:
Continue reading Providence 2017-18 Roster Rundown