Friar Basketball

Jackson-Davis, IU Present a Big Challenge for Friars

When the Providence Friars take on Indiana in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon, it will be a reunion of sorts.

Ed Cooley and Indiana coach Archie Miller were assistants for Team USA’s under-19 World Championship team in 2015. That group, headlined by prep stars Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and tournament MVP Jalen Brunson, took home gold with an overtime win over Croatia.

Arizona coach Sean Miller was the team’s head coach and Cooley has remained close with the Miller brothers ever since.

“`Archie and I have a brother-brother relationship. We’re very, very close. We’ve been fortunate to win a gold medal in Crete, Greece where we spent four weeks together,” Cooley said. “We’ve spent time talking on the phone. We’ve spent time talking family, we’ve spent time talking life, we’ve spent time talking basketball. I think he’s one of the brighter young coaches in America. Indiana’s very fortunate to have him.”

Indiana plays a similar style to Providence, especially on the defensive end, and Cooley is expecting a grind on Monday.

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