Friar Basketball

What Luwane Pipkins Brings to Providence

Pipkins University of Massachusetts

Providence picked up a commitment from graduate transfer Luwane Pipkins on Sunday afternoon. Pipkins is a point guard who starred at the University of Massachusetts over the past three years, and he fits Providence’s needs in so many ways.

The Friars’ offensive struggles this past season were well documented, and Pipkins will directly address their biggest deficiencies.

Providence ranked in just the third percentile nationally in scoring from pick and roll ball handlers and didn’t get much more production out of isolation opportunities (18th percentile).

Pipkins, who averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game last season, ranked in the 62nd percentile in pick and roll scoring and 61st in isolation situations.

The 5’11 guard was hampered by a hamstring injury over the final month of this past season, and saw his numbers take a dip from 2017-18.

The ’17-18 season is what should really excite Friartown. Pipkins averaged over 21 points per game, while shooting nearly 43% from beyond the 3-point line. His advanced offensive numbers were off the charts that season. Pipkins ranked in the 97th percentile in spot up shooting situations, 74th in isolation, 97th coming off of screens, 88th on hand-offs, and drew 129 fouls. Alpha Diallo led Providence with 157 fouls drawn this past season, followed by Nate Watson at 122. David Duke was tops among point guards with 63.

Pipkins’ shooting from beyond the 3-point arc dipped to 28% this past season, but his ability to consistently break down defenses will be a dimension that Providence didn’t have this year.

What often hampered the Friar offense in 2018-19 was the lack of a scorer who Cooley could hand the ball to and ask him to get a basket when all else failed. Pipkins is that kind of scorer. Cooley saw it up close and personal the past three seasons, as the Chicago native scored 26 points this past December against PC, after going for 30 the previous season and 20 in his first game versus the Friars.

Providence certainly wasn’t alone. Pipkins other monster games included:

  • 36 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals versus Harvard in November 2018
  • 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists versus Nevada in November 2018
  • 34 against Niagara in November 2017
  • 25 versus South Carolina in December 2017
  • 44 on LaSalle in January 2018
  • Back to back games of 27 and 28 points versus URI and Dayton in January 2018
  • Back to back games of 31 points and 38 more at Davidson and against VCU

Pipkins is a product of a terrific AAU program — Mac Irvin Fire. He played alongside two-time national champion Jalen Brunson (Villanova) and current Marquette big man Ed Morrow. The program has produced NBA players in Tim Hardaway Jr., Jahlil Okafor, and Jabari Parker.

Perhaps generally listed at 5’11, Pipkins will have to answer questions early about how well he can adapt defensively to the Big East, but PC’s defense was ranked just outside of the top 30 nationally by Ken Pomeroy and should still be viable regardless. Pipkins was only posted up 12 times this past season and gave up six points in those situations.

The spring has the potential to be a wild one in Providence. Drew Edwards announced on Saturday that he will transfer for this fifth season, and Pipkins commitment also figures to have an impact on the playing time of sophomore point guard Makai Ashton-Langford and junior Maliek White.

Twitter: @Kevin_Farrahar

6 Comments

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    March 25, 2019 at 3:10 am

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  2. Wally

    March 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Great signing for sure. Guy’s got heart and wants the ball in crunch time. Lots of energy something the PC players lacked throughout the season. Just think back on how may games the Friars lost due to lack of direction from their guard play and turnovers! With the way the league played as a whole they should have been right up there with Marquette and Villanova! Love Langford but no consistency what so ever!! Hope he stays and hope he doesn’t get bad advice. White is an enigma!! Never know. Cannot have Duke handling the ball. Great talent but needs a consistent shot. However, with Gantt coming in and Reeves already established, Duke could be the 6th or 7th man depending on how Nichols returns. That guy could be a monster!!!Watson, has to learn to use his feet, dominate the paint and control the freeken board! Get a freeken rebound!! GO FRIARS BABY!!!

  3. Lou

    March 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

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  5. Wally

    March 26, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    \Ppipkins is a pure point guard and he is the shit. Guys nasty and the Friars will be a totally different team with him!!!

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