Friar Basketball

Friar Starting Five: 6/23/20

Nate Watson dunking

1. Jon Rothstein was busy producing Big East and national content this week. In his Big East Breakdown, Rothstein projected Providence to finish fourth in the league behind Villanova, Creighton, and UConn. On Providence, Rothstein wrote, “Another NCAA Tournament Run is expected.”

Rothstein ranked Providence 35th nationally in his “Early Rothstein 45 for 2021.” Five Big East teams made his top 45, with Villanova (2), Creighton (10), UConn (28), PC, and Seton Hall (43) making the cut.

2. Jeff Goodman did not have the Friars in his top 50 rankings. As far as Big East schools, Goodman has Villanova #2, Creighton 9, Seton Hall 27, UConn 34, and Marquette 50, in his top 50.

3. Hats off to Morey Hershgordon of WPRI who conducted an in-depth interview with Friar great Jamel Thomas. Thomas is starting a new clothing line.

4. The Providence Journal reflected on the impact of Rev. Brian Shanley’s tenure as president of Providence College.

5. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello detailed how 21 minority Big East assistant coaches announced they are forming Coaches for Action to raise awareness and generate initiatives to fight social injustice. PC assistants Jeff Battle and Ivan Thomas are part of the coalition. Thomas is one of four assistants to start the initiative.

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