The annual event where media meet with the Big East’s coaches and players is upon us on Wednesday. It’s the day when the coach-voted preseason poll is released and fans get more fuel to believe everyone roots against their team — unless you’re team is Villanova. I will be in attendance again this year, so you should follow the site to be informed when I post things and also follow along on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out on the All-League teams or what suit Kyron Cartwright goes with this year.
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including David Duke commitment day, an Emmitt Holt update and more.
Duke to Commit Friday Evening
This column has been a place for updates and news that have happened over the last week, but I’ll lead off this Friday with something that hasn’t happened yet. 2018 Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals guard David Duke announced on Wednesday that he will commit Friday evening.
I will be making my college decision this Friday💯🏀
We learned later via Kevin McNamara at the Providence Journal that the announcement is expected to come via Duke’s social media accounts. The former Classical High School hero is down to the hometown Friars and Buzz Williams’ Virginia Tech Hokies. The steam picked up on 247Sports Crystal Ball page on Thursday with all but one previous Virginia Tech pick flipping to Providence and some new picks coming out of the clouds for the Friars. I’ve remained optimistic that Duke would end up in black and white. We’ll see if that comes to fruition for the athletic guard who turned 18 on Friday.
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:
Providence will open their 2017-18 season against Houston Baptist on November 10th as part of the campus site portion of the 2017 2K Classic, per a release. The Friars will also face Belmont on November 22nd at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as part of this event that will benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Providence is joined by Saint Louis, Virginia Tech and Washington as the four headline teams that will face-off at Madison Square Garden on November 16th and 17th in the Championship Round. Those matchups have yet to be announced.
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