Ed Cooley has been very proud of his involvement in USA Basketball. Cooley, who can routinely be seen wearing a USA Basketball when not in Providence Friars gear, was an assistant coach under Sean Miller on the 2015 USA U19 World Championship and under Billy Donovan on the 2014 USA U18 Championship teams. Both teams went on to win gold medals those years. He was also a court coach during the U19 team training camp in the summer of 2013. USA Basketball announced on Tuesday that Cooley was appointed to the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee for a term of 2017-2020.
|Leading Scorer||Leading Rebounder|
|Providence||Lindsey: 18||Holt/Bullock: 6|
Where: Northwest Florida State College Arena – Destin, FL
When: 7:00pm EST
Providence released their 2016-17 non-conference schedule and it features some interesting matchups to go along with the usual amount of buy games. The Friars home schedule is boosted by an improved Rhode Island Rams squad that has a chance to be ranked in the top 25 in the preseason with the return of EC Matthews from a knee injury suffered in URI’s first game last season. The Friars are again playing in the Gavitt Tipoff Games against a Big Ten opponent and they will play in the Emerald Coast Classic for their multi-team exempt event in the 2016-17 season. Below I’ll give a brief preview of each of Providence’s 7 non-conference games in November with some information on how those teams fared in 2015-16 and what to expect from them in 2016-17. The 6 non-conference games in December will get the same treatment.
Devonte’ Graham announced via Twitter that he was granted his release by new App State coach, Jim Fox.
This means the floodgates will open for the young man who is the best point guard available for the Class of 2014. The competition will be stiff for the Friars but Ed Cooley is a fixture at Brewster already as he is recruiting 2015 Donovan Mitchell and he and Brewster coach Jason Smith have a good relationship. Cooley will be joined by Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Nebraska’s Tim Miles on Thursday when the trio of high major head men will finally be able to interact with Graham now that he is released. Kansas’ Bill Self will be at Brewster on Friday. The reason coaches aren’t already at Brewster is because the current recruiting calendar has us on the tail end of a dead period which means no on campus or off campus in person contact. The dead period ends at 12pm Thursday.
12:01pm April 10th begins the Devonte’ Graham period for a host of schools.