The Crier and I wrote approximately a month ago about Sam Ayomide (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2020/06/17/closer-look-friar-big-man-target-samuel-ayomide/#more-2145) and how he may be the successor to Nate Watson at the 5 spot. While Ayomide rightly continues to enjoy the recruiting experience, the Providence staff has stayed busy scouring the earth for their next big man.Continue reading “In Search of a Big, Part 2: Friars Offer Jonas Aidoo”
The Crier saw this topic posted on Twitter, and we decided to entertain this idea for the 2020-2021 Friars.
It is important to note that you simply shouldn’t choose the preseason Big East Player of the Year if your squad is already strong in that position. So, while Zegarowski and Gillespie may be the choice for most teams, it wouldn’t really be pertinent to the Friars with their strong backcourt of Bynum, Duke, and (potentially) Goodine.
When really entertaining this, I think most Friar fans would say we need some more frontcourt help, and the only position that doesn’t have a definitive player starting there is the 4 spot. Horchler, Gantt, and Nichols are destined to battle it out for that 4 spot, but it would be nice to slide in a proven Big East player at that position.
Providence recently reached out to 2022 New Jersey Guard Corey Floyd Jr. and offered him a scholarship. Does that name ring a bell? His father, Corey Floyd, played for the Friars for two years in the early 90s after attending a JuCo. Corey played sparingly during his two years on campus, but he appears to be excited about his son receiving a Friar offer.
Since our initial release of the Crier Big Board, a lot has transpired regarding Providence recruits. Even in the COVID-era, recruiting never stops and is truly a 24/7 activity. Unfortunately for the Friars, a handful of recruits are off the board with commitments to other schools. Here is the first iteration of the Big Board if you want to peruse that (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2020/06/18/big-board-2021-providence-targets/#more-2162). Even in a pandemic, comparing the two Big Boards show how fluid recruiting can be.
Over the weekend, Gianni Thompson committed to the Boston College Eagles over a handful of other schools, including Providence. This was a bit of a surprise, but it makes sense on several levels:
Jared Bynum – ProAm Intel
We posted earlier today on our deep dive analysis on Jared Bynum here: https://theprovidencecrier.com/2020/07/10/deep-dive-on-jared-bynum-findings-from-the-district-private-pro-open-run/#more-2311
The Crier and I have compared Bynum to VanVleet, Pat Beverly, and Jevon Carter, so it’s safe to say any thoughts of us overlooking Bynum are out the window.
Bynum participated in an organized scrimmage at a Professional – Amateur event over the holiday weekend in the DMV area. There were several tweets that spoke glowingly of Bynum, specially about his ability as a floor general, shotmaking ability, and defensive prowess.
“Imagine the 2012 squad with full eligibility and a clean bill of health” – The Alternate Story of the 2012-2013 Providence Friars
In looking back on the Friars since I started following them in 2007, there have been countless what-if’s that have crossed my mind:
Greetings, Friar fans. I hope everybody has fun 4th plans. Hopefully, you will be reading this in a backyard or at the beach relaxing and enjoying some time off.
2021 Empire Classic Announcement
The 2021 Empire Classic tournament was announced, and it has a loaded quartet of teams – Gonzaga, Providence, Louisville, and Oklahoma State. It is hard enough to project how teams will do this season, let alone 2021, but it is pretty much a certainty that Louisville and Gonzaga will be top 20 programs. Oklahoma State will almost certainly lose potential #1 NBA pick Cade Cunningham, but always seem to have talent on the roster. It’ll be interesting to see how the NCAA punishment effects them moving forward.