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 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.
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-Langford and 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)
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- ICYMI – Providence’s Rodney Bullock Testing NBA Draft Waters
- ICYMI – Providence Sophomore Guard Ricky Council II to Transfer
- ICYMI – 2017 Makai Ashton-Langford Granted Release from UConn, Re-Opening Recruitment
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Ed Cooley has no interest in leaving Providence
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud: Don’t Expect Ed Cooley to Leave Providence
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.
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.