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.
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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
Providence head coach Ed Cooley gave an update on his injured Friars during Thursday’s Big East media call. Cooley his players are still “hobbling and getting some treatment.” When asked to provide specific updates on Kyron Cartwright — who played against DePaul on Tuesday night after missing the second half against Creighton last Saturday — and Jalen Lindsey — who did not play against DePaul after injuring his hand at the end of the Creighton game — Cooley termed both players as game-time decisions.
For those Friar fans wondering where Drew Edwards has been lately — he sat out Providence’s final non-conference game against Boston College last week — Ed Cooley may have hinted at a potential answer: Edwards might get shut down to redshirt. The possibility was raised during the Big East coaches media teleconference on Tuesday morning. Cooley mentioned that Edwards has struggled to get back up to speed following his offseason knee surgery.
Friar fans, you need to fight that feeling. No, not the one REO Speedwagon sings about. I’m talking about that pit in your stomach that’s been there since around 6pm on December 23rd. Despite a rather unceremonious ending to the non-conference part of their schedule, the Providence Friars had a good start to the season. 10-3. That’s better than the 9-4 I predicted and they certainly are further along at this point than I anticipated, losing to the lowly Boston College Eagles notwithstanding. In a year that was supposed to be all about development of young talent to bring them along for future years this has been a fun group to watch and some of those green players appear ready to help right now, notably Kalif Young.