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Friar Starting Five: 7/9/20

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1. The Stadium’s Jeff Goodman polled 20 Big East coaches regarding the top assistants in the league and Providence’s Jeff Battle was ranked first in the conference. From the article:

Jeff Battle, Providence | The former Marshall point guard began his coaching career as a grad assistant at Delaware in 1986, then became the head coach at Caesar Rodney High (Del.) in 1988 before taking a job as an assistant at Delaware State in 1990. He was at Loyola in 1993-94, stayed with Skip Prosser at Xavier from 1995-2001 and then went to Wake Forest with Prosser. Battle was at Wake from 2001-14 before joining his good friend, Ed Cooley, at Providence in 2015.

“Jeff Battle is the professional of all professional college basketball coaches. High basketball IQ, high-character and integrity. He goes about his work quietly and aggressively. I’m proud to call J.B. more [of a] mentor to me than assistant coach. The players love him, the community loves him and I’m grateful for the knowledge he brings to our staff. He’s the total package.” – Providence coach Ed Cooley

“The consummate professional. Very organized, ‘in the trenches’-type dude. Knows basketball, how to build and maintain relationships with prospects, alumni, supporters AND administration. He is still a stud in teaching and relating.” – Big East assistant

2. File this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Jon Rothstein tweeted yesterday that the 2020 Maul Invitational is proceeding as scheduled for this November. Providence is included in the field, as well as North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Stanford, Alabama, Davidson, and UNLV.

3. Brycen Goodine, who transferred from Syracuse to Providence this spring, showed off his athleticism on the Fourth of July.

4.Both Maliek White and Kalif Young have signed professional contracts. White is headed to Georgia, while Young will play in Turkey.

5. Providence contacted Hampton transfer Ben Stanley, who figures to be a difficult get after averaging 22 points and 7.2 boards last year. Stanley also heard from Oregon, Maryland, Xavier, Illinois, and Georgetown.

Off the Bench:

PC point guard Jared Bynum received high praise for his work on the defensive end during a D.C. summer league. Fast forward to the 15 minute mark to hear more on Bynum. Bynum was called “arguably the most impressive guard in the gym” and “by far the best defender, and it wasn’t even close” in an event that included professionals and an All Big 10 guard.

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