Portal Spotlight- LaSalle’s Clifton Moore

While Friar fans were anticipating the visit of South Carolina guard Devin Carter, there was another portal target on campus this weekend, Clifton Moore. Clifton Moore is a 6-11 big man who original played at Indiana for two years before transferring and playing at LaSalle the past two seasons. Last year he averaged 12.9 ppg , 6.1 rpg, and 2.8 bpg for the Explorers.

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Third Time is the Charm – Friars Land Their Shooter in Noah Locke

This one was a pleasant Friday surprise. We’ve heard and written a lot about Devin Carter (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/04/12/introducing-friar-fans-to-devin-carter-potential-transfer/#more-4900) and Bryce Hopkins (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/04/13/portal-spotlight-bryce-hopkins/#more-4909), but the talk was relatively quiet around Locke. Make no mistake, however. With Reeves and Horchler leaving, the Friars desperately needed deep ball shooters. Insert Locke.

Below, we break down Locke’s college career to date, what he brings to the Friars, and what comes next on the transfer portal front.

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Re-Introducing Friar Fans to Bryce Hopkins – Portal Spotlight

Yesterday, we posted a detailed breakdown of South Carolina transfer Devin Carter (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/04/12/introducing-friar-fans-to-devin-carter-potential-transfer/#more-4900). Today, we extend our focus to another interested portal candidate: Kentucky wing Bryce Hopkins.

If you follow the Providence recruiting trail, Bryce Hopkins should be a familiar name. PC heavily recruited Hopkins out of Fenwick High School in Chicago before he ultimately committed to Kentucky. We wrote about his recruitment coming out of high school here (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2020/10/13/bryce-hopkins-close-to-deciding-do-the-friars-pull-off-recruiting-upset/). Now a year later he’s looking for a new opportunity and it could reside in Friartown.

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Introducing Friar Fans to Devin Carter- Portal Spotlight

Frank Martin may be the gift that keeps on giving for Friar fans. He introduced us to cult hero and defensive stalwart Justin Minaya for one memorable year. Now, history is trending towards repeating itself with South Carolina freshman guard Devin Carter visiting Providence this upcoming weekend after putting PC in his Final 6.

Below, we break down Carter’s game and what he would bring to future Friar squads.

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Providence College Basketball Recruiting – Class of 2024

With the 2022 class all but wrapped up and Coach Cooley setting his sights on landing a nationally ranked Class of 2023 recruiting class and high level transfer class, we thought it’d be a good idea to inform folks of who Providence is targeting in the Class of 2024. While many years away, the recruiting landscape is making it difficult to land top tier classes unless you start recruiting kids at an early age. The list below will by no means be as robust as the list of offers and interest for the Class of 2023, but it helps ascertain who Cooley and staff are prioritizing.

One common theme I’ve noticed with these early offers is that the majority of them are “local” offers that understand the appeal of Providence and the Big East. I’ve been calling for this pivot to a recruiting strategy, so I’m pleased to see this transpire. I’m sure as more AAU tape comes out, Battle will extend some offers to North Carolina prep players, but I’d prefer the early offers come from areas where playing in the Big East is a big deal.

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Providence Crier Recruiting Primer: Transfer Portal Edition

The Providence Friars have found great players in the transfer portal over the years. Al Durham, Justin Minaya, Noah Horchler, Jared Bynum and Ed Croswell all played vital roles in Providence’s Sweet 16 run. With Matteus Case entering the transfer portal, Justin Minaya forgoing his final year of eligibility, and Christ Essandoko’s request to be released from NLI, the Friars now have 4 open scholarships. While we still await the decision from AJ Reeves, there’s no doubt Cooley will look towards the portal again to replenish his roster.

To be clear, the transfer portal is 1000+ players deep and there’d be way too many players to evaluate on being potential Friars. So we decided to put together a list of guys that we feel can fill needs for the Friars and those who actually become linked to the Friar program. Our primer will be changing throughout the offseason, and we will provide updates periodically. So without further ado here is The Providence Crier Recruiting Primer: Transfer Portal Edition.

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Ed Cooley Wins Naismith Coach of the Year

On Sunday, Ed Cooley was named the Naismith Coach of the Year, winning the award over Arizona’s Tommy Lloyd and Wisconsin’s Gregg Gard. Cooley becomes the first Providence coach to receive the award and the 4th African-American to take home the award since it’s inception in 1986.

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Revisiting Our Bold Predictions: Hit and Misses from Preseason Predictions

In November of 2021, The Crier and I decided to make a few bold predictions on the season ahead (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2021/11/05/hot-takes-bold-predictions-ahead-of-the-2021-2022-season/). While we were certainly bullish on the Friars relative to national perception, I don’t think either of us could have predicted the season that just transpired. It’s fun to look back and see where our preseason expectations landed relative to how the season unfolded.

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The Fun Ride of the Friars Ends with Sweet 16 Loss to Kansas – A Season Reflection

The toughest thing about being a college basketball fan of any program is the quick finality of it all, unless you’re the last team standing. In a year full of great and even historic moments for the Providence Friars, seeing that run come to end Friday night was a tough pill to swallow. Hell, why’d you think it took us the entire weekend to write this thing? Even though the Friars fell to the Jayhawks 66-61, disappointment is not the feeling Friartown has about this group. While everyone may be bummed the ride is over, this season was an unmitigated success. There’s a great sense of pride for what this team was able to accomplish this season, and we are so appreciative of everything this team did.

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