Nate Watson Returns for Year 5: Thoughts & Impact to 2021-2022 Friars

Big man Nate Watson made a surprise return to PC, utilizing the free year of eligibility offered by the NCAA, to play his 5th year back in Providence. Nate Watson cited unfinished business, playing in the Dunk again, and improving his NBA draft stock as a few reasons for his return.

The importance of Watson’s return cannot be understated. Watson was a 2nd team All Big East big man, but averaged more points than Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who made first team All-Big East and was a Co-POY. Watson will return to the Big East as one of, if not the, best offensive big men in the nation.

Below, we analyze the impact of his return and offer some thoughts on improvements to Watson’s game to get him NBA ready.

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Friars End Season with Loss to DePaul in BET Opener

The Friar’s season came to a crashing end last night, as they lost their Big East Tournament opener to a 4-13 DePaul team 70-62. DePaul certainly didn’t look like a team with a 4-13 record in this one and to their credit they played a hard nosed game, but make no mistake this result doesn’t sit well. DePaul won the game due to the fact they wanted it more, which is troubling with PC having one last opportunity to salvage their season. Let’s look at how PC got bounced from MSG.

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Providence Takes on DePaul in Opening Round of Big East Tournament

Providence, the 6 seed of the Big East Tournament, takes on 11 seed DePaul at 9pm on Wednesday evening. The winner takes on 3 seed UCONN in the quarterfinals Thursday at 9PM.

Providence is 2-0 this year against DePaul, beating them 57-47 in the rematch and 95-90 in the original match-up (in overtime).

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2022 Recruit of Interest: New Jersey Point Guard Ben Roy

With the season unfortunately coming to a conclusion, The Providence Crier has naturally began to pivot the focus to recruiting. Recruiting, as everybody knows, is the lifeblood of any basketball program, and Providence is no different. With the roster about to significantly turn over during the next 1-2 years, it is imperative to Ed Cooley and the staff that the 2022 recruiting class is a homerun.

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Providence Hangs On: Friars Beat #10 Villanova

Providence, building a massive first half lead, withstood a surge from the shorthanded Villanova Wildcats and defeated them 54-52 to close the regular season on a high note.

With this win, the Providence Friars close the regular season at 13-12 and 6th in the Big East.

We revisit the key themes heading into the game from our preview article (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2021/03/06/providence-wraps-up-regular-season-against-villanova-prep-for-big-east-tournament-ahead/#more-3352) and discuss relevant topics heading into the Big East Tournament.

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Providence Wraps up Regular Season against Villanova – Prep for Big East Tournament Ahead

Providence, sitting at .500 for the season at 12-12, looks to end their tumultuous season on a high note against #10 ranked Villanova. The game is being held at Alumni Hall in Providence at 2:30 on Fox. Providence is looking to even the score against the Wildcats, as Villanova beat Providence 71-56 in Philadelphia.

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A Tale of Two Halves: Second Half Meltdown Leads to Friars Getting Swept by Red Storm

The Friars were looking to build upon a strong effort against Xavier to wrap up the last week of the regular season. In the first half the Friars seemed poised to do so, taking an 11-point lead into the break. In a season full of bad second halves, the Friars saved their best (worst) for this one. St John’s would outscore PC 51-26 in the second stanza to win 81-67. Let’s look at what went wrong.

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