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Friar Starting Five: Sunday Edition


Between PC’s victory over Depaul, Saturday action at the National Prep School Invitational and the recording of our 6th Provcast yesterday was a very busy day for Here are links to five topics of interest for Friar fans including game recaps, a link to the latest Provcast, and highlights from yesterday’s action at the National Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College.

1. Here are several recap articles on yesterday’s PC victory over Depaul.

Providence Journal

Friars Journal Projo



Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun Times video

Depaul Scout (Insider)

Wonder what DePaul fans are saying about the game? You can check here and hereOf course you can always see what PC fans are saying at forums, and at’s Facebook page.

2. Our sixth episode of the Provcast is here. In this episode we are joined by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman who discusses the play of Bryce Cotton, Ed Cooley’s chances for Big East Coach of the Year, his 2011 article on Ricky Ledo and PC’s NCAA Tournament chances.

3. There was another full day of action at the National Prep School Invitational yesterday and’s Kevin Farrahar and Craig Leighton were on hand to take in the action. We will have an in depth report coming later but in the meantime here are a few players who caught our attention yesterday.

Jalen Adams 6’2 PG/SG Cushing Academy: Jalen is becoming a big time player, recently cracking ESPN’s Top 60 for 2015. He is an exceptional athlete with great hops, sweet outside shot, tight handle, and great court vision. Adams is listed as a combo guard or a shooting guard, but he will wind up being a top flight point guard in college. He was named MVP in Cushing’s game against West Oaks Academy finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Anas Osama 7’1 C West Oaks Academy High: It is very rare that a senior who stands 7’1 comes out of nowhere and cracks ESPN’s Top 100 (ranked 69th) this late in the season, but that is exactly what Anas Osama did. After watching him yesterday it is very easy to see why. He has a very nice outside touch for a big man, handles the ball well, runs the court extremely well and is definitely a rim protector underneath with his shot blocking ability. Hopefully the PC staff takes a peak at him today during his 4:30 game.

Aaron Falzon 6’8 SF/PF Northfield Mount Hermon: Aaron continued to demonstrate his outside shot yesterday nailing four three pointers and scoring 18 points as Northfield Mount Hermon defeated St. Andrew’s 85-75. Falzon can do more than just shoot and is going to wind up being a nice catch for a high major team as a stretch four.

Here is a complete recap of yesterday’s action from NetScouts.

There is another full day of action scheduled for today starting at 9:00 am. The highlight game of the tournament may be the 12:00 pm game today where Brewster Academy take on Vermont Academy. Here is the complete schedule for today:

9:00 – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) vs Kingdom Prep (IA)
10:30 –  GB Academy (Czech Republic) vs St Thomas More (CT)
12:00 – Vermont Academy (VT) vs Brewster Academy (NH)
1:30 – Tilton (NH) vs Northfield Mt Hermon (MA)
3:00 – West Oaks Academy Post Grad (FL) vs 22 FT Academy (SC)
4:30 – West Oaks Academy High School (FL) vs Bill Crothers Secondary School (Canada)

4. Here is a very good article on Rhode Island’s own Andrew Chrabacz (currently in his freshman year at Butler University)  and the leap of faith both he and his family took by letting Andrew be trained by Chris Herron after Chris was sober for just five months.

5. At the beginning of the season everyone was speculating that former PC head coach Rick Barnes was on his last legs at Texas. Look where he is now.

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