Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, which included a 2018 commitment.
Nichols Picks Providence
It traditionally doesn’t bode well for Providence in a recruitment when a player decides to announce his commitment at a big ceremony or on TV. So, when it was announced that 2018 Jimmy Nichols, who had just returned from an official visit to Friartown over the weekend, would end his recruitment by announcing his choice live on TV there were more than a few among the Friar Faithful that were skeptical of Providence’s chances, especially when Nichols’ hometown school was in the mix. But, alas, the TV announcement wasn’t on ESPN and Nichols didn’t do any pomp or circumstance. The Conway, SC native matter-of-factly announced that he would be playing his college ball at Providence College.
Continue reading Friar Friday News & Notes Including More on the Jimmy Nichols Commitment
Jon Rothsein is reporting that the Providence Friars are heading back to the Mohegan Sun Arena in nearby Uncasville, CT for a neutral site matchup against the Houston Cougars on December 20th. Providence last played at Mohegan Sun in the 2014-15 season as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff. The Friars defeated Florida State and Notre Dame to take home the trophy. This game, which Rothstein reported is likely to be part of a double-header, will just be a neutral site game and not part of a tournament. The Friars are playing in the 2017 2K Classic in November. It’s unclear if the deal will include a game or games at Providence and/or Houston.
Continue reading Providence to Play Houston at Mohegan Sun in Neutral Site Game
With back to back games on Saturday and Sunday against ACC teams I was expecting Providence to split the weekend and head back to Rhode Island at 4-1 thankful for a good first 8 days of the 2014-15 season. Ed Cooley’s bunch had no plans of settling for a split. The Friars wanted to make a statement this past weekend and I think they managed to do just that.
Having said that, Florida State is not a very good team right now. They have now lost 3 straight games after falling to UMass in a tight game that preceded Providence/Notre Dame Sunday and dropping a home game against Northeastern before arriving in Connecticut. The Seminoles don’t seem to have an identity on offense and they clearly quit during the second half of their game against Providence. Leonard Hamilton and his staff have a lot of work to do with that team going forward.
Continue reading Thoughts from the Road: Providence’s Weekend at Mohegan Sun
What a game! This game had to be one of the best of the early college basketball season and its a shame one team had to lose. What turned into a championship game for the Naismith bracket of the Hall of Fame Tipoff with both teams being undefeated heading into the game the players didn’t disappoint.
The story early in the game was Notre Dame’s second chance points from offensive rebounds but the story quickly changed to be about LaDontae Henton.
“Henton was fabulous,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said after the game. Fabulous might be an understatement. Ed Cooley was emotional in his post game remarks talking about how he was recollecting after the game about LaDontae Henton being his first commitment at Providence College and how he is proud to have watched him grow up.
Henton did his best Bryce Cotton impersonation and went off for a career high 38 points in 40 minutes including the game winning free throws with 14.8 seconds on the clock. The Friars made two stops after that with the Irish getting the ball out of bounds off a Jerian Grant miss. Cooley mentioned after the game that Kris Dunn wanted to guard Grant but Cooley opted to give the assignment to Junior Lomomba because Dunn was a bit gimpy after taking a spill into the first row behind the basket a few minutes earlier.
Providence only had 10 turnovers but they allowed the Irish to grab 10 offensive rebounds. Both teams shot the ball well from the field with Providence being 28/50 (56%) and Notre Dame going 26/52 (50%). Jerian Grant came alive in the second half and ended up with 20 points after getting off to a slow start in the first half.
Providence’s next game is Friday back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center against Yale.
- Freshman Jalen Lindsey injured his ankle after making a three pointer in the first half. He would only return to the bench after halftime and was on crutches. Cooley didn’t get into details after the game but said they will give the players Monday off and re-evaluate the injury before the next game against Yale on Friday.
- LaDontae Henton’s 38 points are the most for a Providence player since Bryce Cotton scored 36 points in Providence’s loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament last season.
- After having a few less than stellar performances at the free throw line earlier in the season Providence shot 92.9% (13/14) against Notre Dame.
- The Providence team will be together on Thanksgiving at Ed Cooley’s house.
This game was over before it started at Mohegan Sun with the Friars getting out to an 11-0 lead in the first 5 minutes. Florida State didn’t score their first field goal until the 13:21 mark.
Kris Dunn was very impressive playing in front of a large number of family and friends from nearby New London. After dishing out a career high 14 assists on Thursday against Navy, Dunn scored a career high 15 points while finishing 1 assist shy of a second straight double-double.
LaDontae Henton led all scorers with 24 points to go along with 10 boards.
Providence will take on Notre Dame Sunday at 2:30pm.
The Friars will play two games at Mohegan Sun as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The first game is November 22nd at 2:30pm against Florida State and the second game will be November 23rd at 2:30pm against Notre Dame.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public as of 10am this morning. You can go to Ticketmaster.com or the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. Each ticket gives you access to both games on each day as UMass will play at noon on both days and will play Florida State and Notre Dame as well.
Prior to the games at Mohegan Sun, Providence will take on Binghamton and Navy at the Dunkin’Donuts Center as part of this tournament. The Binghamton game is on 11/17 and the Navy game is on 11/20. For a full look at the 2014-15 non-conference schedule, click here.
On June 18th, Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times tweeted that he was hearing PC would play Stonehill for one of the exhibition games this upcoming season. I was able to confirm that report and have added them to the 2014-15 schedule page that is linked at the top of the site.
The non-conference schedule looks pretty challenging overall and features a few interesting opponents at interesting venues like Kentucky at Rupp Arena, Miami at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff at Mohegan Sun. I’ll be doing an in-depth preview of each and every non-conference opponent as the season draws closer so keep an eye open for those previews which will most likely be done weekly beginning in the middle of August.