Friar Basketball

Notes and Quotes from PC Media Day


What a weekend on the the Providence College campus. Between two great hockey games, an outstanding Late Night Madness, the Friar 5K road race, and the PC Fanfest, the campus was hopping like I’ve never seen it before. In addition, the PC basketball team held their annual media day on Friday afternoon. Below are some of thoughts from the players on the upcoming season.

Bryce Cotton on his knee: “The knee is fine. It was beneficial having a long offseason, getting my proper rest, along with working out, so everything is pretty good so far.”

Cotton on how different the program is from when he first started at Providence: “I would say it is night and day. I am definitely happy to be a part of seeing something grow, and along with that I have been able to grow as a player as well. With the new coaching staff, they have installed a lot of confidence in me. Overall, with the pieces we have put together it has changed the whole culture. It’s changed our way of thinking and we are on to bigger and better things.”

Kadeem Batts on how the program has changed: “Drastically. There is a lot more discipline, a lot more leadership in the program. Just a great step forward. You see the direction, the type of recruits we are getting. It’s just a credit to what Coach Cooley has done with the program.”

Batts on playing with Bryce Cotton the past three years: “I love that kid to death. He is the hardest worker I have ever known. Very spiritual, a lot of faith in God. We have built a great friendship that will last forever. That’s my brother right there. He’s only going to get better and he has a bright future.”

Batts on his offseason workouts and his goals for this season: “All I can say about that is that I worked harder this summer than I did last summer. I don’t put expectations on myself. I am just going to go out there and play as hard as I can and see what the results are.”

Lee Goldsbrough on his goals for this season: “I would like to have more of an offensive presence this season. In the past I have been more of a defensive person. Hopefully I can keep the defense up, taking charges and rebounding, and also put more points up on the board.”

Kris Dunn on his shoulder: “I think it’s 100%. I have been training with my weight trainer all summer, so it is pretty good.”

Dunn on his confidence level heading into the season: “My confidence level is through the roof. I think I have gotten better since last year. Having great teammates around me, always supporting me, always pushing me every day, and having coaches pushing me every day in practice telling me I can be a good player makes my confidence level go up.”

Carson Desrosiers on what he learned last year by watching his team: “Coming into summer school last year I was really surprised by how hard everyone worked and how bought in they were last year to Coach Cooley’s vision.”

Desrosiers on where he has been playing in practice: “I am playing everywhere. Coach Cooley, he is a wizard. He has plays for me on the post, outside, at the free throw line, and on the baseline.”

Desrosiers on his AAU Coach Vin Pastore from Mass Rivals: “I could talk about Vinny for hours. All of the stories I have had with him. He is one of the reasons why I am playing at the level I am playing at today. As a person he is a great guy, as a basketball coach he is even better. He knows how to get the most out of each individual player.” (Mass Rivals is the AAU team for PC recruits Jalen Adams, Josh Sharma, and Jeremy Miller, among others)

Josh Fortune on his changing roles last season: “It was an experience for me getting through that. I had to stay focussed through the season. At the end I felt that I did it with a good mindset.”

Casey Woodring on what is like going against college level players in practice every day: “It’s been completely different – the level of competition and how everybody really competes every day in practice. Everybody is bigger, faster, stronger. It’s been a challenge, but it has been fun.

Woodring on his goals for this year: “ Just help out wherever I can. Whatever Coach Cooley needs, I am there.”

Junior Lomomba on having to sit out this season as a transfer: “It is definitely going to be tough sitting out because of my passion for the game, but I am glad I have people around me such as Carson and Tyler (Harris) that have been through the process to help me out.”

Lomomba on his game: “I am a defender. I work hard, I’m tough, and I’m just willing to do anything for the team to win.”



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