Providence junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.
Providence junior Rodney Bullock will put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman tweeted. Bullock is taking advantage of the rule change made in January 2016 that allow college players to enter the NBA Draft multiple times and still maintain their eligibility to return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent. Goodman’s tweet indicates Bullock is not going to sign with an agent.
The first offseason defection occurred on Wednesday when news broke that Providence sophomore wing Ryan Fazekas would transfer, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Fazekas saw his minutes and role diminish greatly in his second season at Providence after starting off hot in his freshman season until that year was derailed by mononucleosis.
- ICYMI – Pair of Frontcourt Transfer Recruits to Visit Providence This Weekend
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – PC’s Cooley looking for size and scoring on recruiting trail
- BasketballInsiders.com – Alex Kennedy – NBA PM: Kris Dunn Excited for Draft Process
- Cox Hub – Jayson Hron – In The Pipeline: Providence College Hockey Prospects, (Part 3)
- ICYMI – 2016 Corey Manigault Expected to Get Release from Pitt, Friars Likely to be Involved
- CBSSports.com – Sam Vecenie – Kris Dunn’s NBA Draft stock holds steady during up and down season
- Friarbasketball.com – Kevin Farrahar – Video: The Best of Kris Dunn
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Friars say goodbye to Kris Dunn, ‘program changing player’
- ESPN.com – Jeff Goodman – Providence PG Kris Dunn to enter NBA draft
- Woonsocket Call – Brendan McGair – Tough decision ahead for Friars’ Ben Bentil
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Closing the book on successful Friars season
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara & Bill Koch – Pick and Pop College Hoops podcast: A Sweet 16 preview
- Chicago Tribune – Jakub Rudnik – Providence’s Tom Planek savers NCAA tournament experience
- ICYMI – Kris Dunn, Ben Bentil Named to ESPN Midseason All-American Teams
- ICYMI – Providence Recruiting Update: New Offer in 2016, Visitor Coming to Friartown
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – PC-Seton Hall game remains as scheduled, will square off against Patriots in NFL playoffs
- Woonsocket Call – Brendan McGair – FRIAR FILM REVIEW: How did No. 8 Friars lose eight-point lead in second half?
- Sporting News – Mike DeCourcy – Kris Dunn isn’t perfect, but Providence is imperfect without him
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Here and There in Friartown
- MSN.com – Mike DeCourcy & Sara Jane Harris – VIDEO: Can Kris Dunn lead Providence to the Final Four?
- Cox Hub – Mike Logan – PC Friars Face Off Against BC Eagles this Weekend
- SBNCollegeHockey.com – Jeff Cox – Second Half Hockey East Preview and Storylines
Apparently releasing midseason awards is something that’s happening this week. NBCSports.com released their midseason awards and midseason All-American teams on Wednesday. ESPN’s turn was Thursday. Jeff Goodman put out the ESPN awards and though he didn’t choose Kris Dunn for Midseason Player of the Year like Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com did, he did keep Dunn as a First Team All-American. Goodman also has Ben Bentil jumping into the mix as a Third Team All-American.