Friar Friday’s: Big Labor Day Weekend for Recruiting

In case you missed it: Recruits cutting lists

When the COVID pandemic shut down college basketball, and the world for that matter, it felt that it would be a LONG offseason. It’s hard to believe that it is already September, yet here we are two months away from another season. It wasn’t a news packed week for the Friars but here’s what we got.

1,) Big Labor Day Weekend- Recruiting Wise

While we have seen the Friars make the final cut for Darius Johnson, Bryce Hopkins, Legend Geeter and Kuelel Mading, we are still waiting on two other priority recruits. Fortunately we won’t have to wait long as Breon Pass will announce his final 4 Sunday the 6th and Rafael Castro will release his final 6 a day earlier. While Castro may not be a slam dunk, it appears that both plan on including PC as finalists. With a plethora of players including PC in their final decision it’s important that the Friars try to hit on at least two of these players.

2.) Maui Jim Asheville Invitational?

As the NCAA is finagling a way to have some sort of college basketball season, the “preseason” tournaments are scrambling as well. The legendary Maui Invitation is considering moving their tournament to Asheville, NC.

While I would understand why, losing a chance to see the Friars play in the Lahaina Civic Center would be crushing. I’ve waited a long time to see the Friars in the Maui and Ed coaching in a Tommy Bahama, so moving it to Asheville wouldn’t feel the same. If this were to be the case I’d hope we’d get an invite to a future Maui Tournament IN MAUI. Because is there value in playing tournaments in small NC towns?

3.) Season Ticket Holder Update

Yes the Crier is apart of the exclusive club that is the Providence Friars Season Ticker Holders. We actually got a recent update regarding our tickets for the upcoming season. Unfortunately the update is that they are waiting on an update from the NCAA in terms of how they will proceed. The NCAA had stated a decision on a college basketball season would be made by mid-September.

These next few weeks will determine a lot about what the college basketball season would look like and who will be in a Friar uniform in years to come.

– The Crier

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