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…
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:
The Friartown Fan Voice podcast returns for the first offseason edition to preview the first live recruiting period of April getting underway on Friday. I was again joined by Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times and we discussed a wide range of topics, including the commitment of Makai Ashton-Langford, the outlook for the 2017-18 roster, the 2018 recruiting class and more.
Go ahead and give it a listen:
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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-Langfordand 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)
Obviously the result of this game wasn’t what Providence fans wanted. The 15 point halftime lead never truly felt comfortable. That’s a product of watching plenty of Providence games over the years that has fans always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Usually that other shoe is a player transferring or an injury or a coach leaving that cripples the program in the short term and sometimes even the long term.
Just got a text:
"Is it weird that I still feel uneasy?"
Me: "No, you're a PC fan."
Friars could make it easy on fans and put USC away