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.
The Monday Friar Mailbag is back for another week of answering your questions. This will be the last Monday Friar Mailbag that happens before the season kicks off on October 25th with Providence’s hurricane relief benefit exhibition game against UConn at Mohegan Sun. This week the burning question I’ll tackle first has to do with Providence’s chances of winning a national championship and why that question is an indicator of the metamorphosis of expectations around the Providence program since Ed Cooley took over in 2011.
Continue reading Monday Friar Mailbag: Can Providence Win the National Championship?
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released 20 names of players on the preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Kyron Cartwright averaged 11.4 points/game, 4.4 assists/game and 2.4 rebounds/game in 33 games last season while improving his 3-point shooting from 12.1% as a freshman to 38.8% as a junior. Cartwright becomes the second point guard coached by Ed Cooley at Providence to be named to the preseason watch list for this award. Kris Dunn was named to the watch list in both 2014 and 2016. Dunn made it to the top 10 for the award in 2016 before not making the list of 5 finalists. Joining Cartwright on the 2018 watch list is fellow Big East competitor Jalen Brunson.
2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List
Continue reading Providence’s Kyron Cartwright Named to Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List
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.
Continue reading 2018 David Duke Commits to Hometown Providence Friars
The Providence Friars have become a constant fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Ed Cooley has taken a program that hadn’t been to the Big Dance since 2004 to a school-record four straight NCAA Tournaments. He also has a roster that is poised for a fifth consecutive appearance in 2017-18, though college basketball betting odds offered by sportsbooks don’t appear too highly on the Friars’ chances of actually winning the whole damn thing. That’s where recruiting comes in.
Continue reading Providence’s Culture of Winning Drives Recruiting Success
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week.
LaDontae Henton to Sign with LA Clippers
Friar legend LaDontae Henton will sign a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days.com.
Continue reading Friar Friday News & Notes with a LaDontae Henton Update
Leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft there were plenty of rumors that the Chicago Bulls were looking to move up from 14 to take Kris Dunn. Much of those rumored discussion happened between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics, who owned the 3rd pick in last year’s draft. No trade happened and Dunn was selected 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fast-forward a year and the Bulls were again interested in Dunn on draft night and, this time, they pulled the trigger. The Timberwolves and former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau got Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick — which turned into former Creighton big man Justin Patton — and the Bulls got Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick — which turned into Lauri Markkanen.
Continue reading Kris Dunn On The Move to Chicago Bulls in Draft Night Trade for Jimmy Butler
Providence lost out on Makai Ashton-Langford the first go-round when the Worcester native committed to UConn and Kevin Ollie in September. This time Ed Cooley closed the deal and got a commitment from Ashton-Langford shortly after he was on campus for an official visit. Cooley built up a great relationship with both the player and the parents when chasing the Mass Rivals point guard the last several years and it appears that relationship was the key to Providence securing the services of the top-35 player. Ashton-Langford took an official visit starting April 7th after Cooley went up to Brewster Academy to meet with him on the first day coaches could be back on the road recruiting after the Final Four dead period.
Continue reading Makai Ashton-Langford Chooses Providence This Time Around