Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Quick Hits on the PC Friars

1. Jeff Battle Named to PC Coaching Staff, Quentin Jackson Lists PC in his Final Five List of Schools

Quentin Jackson, a 2016 PG who I keep hearing is underrated as hell, has cut his final list of schools that he is considering to five.  Those schools include Cincy, Charlotte, Lehigh, Rutgers, and Providence.  New coach Jeff Battle has been the one recruiting Jackson and is immediately making a contribution to the recruiting at PC.  Battle has a long history of developing young guards at Wake Forest (Chris Paul, Jeff Teague, Josh Howard) and Xavier.  Big East Coast Bias ran a really good article on Battle to get you familiar with the Friars' new coach. 

Jackson's game seems to be really smooth and fluid and his shooting technique looks like what you would teach to young kids at a basketball camp.  I think maybe the Friars should think about adopting his motto, "School & Ball" too. 

2. Wenyen Gabriel includes Providence in his Final Five List of Schools

Along with Duke, Maryland, Kentucky, and UConn, Providence was included in the trimmed down list of the final five colleges that emerging coveted High School recruit Wenyen Gabriel is considering on attending next year.  Ed Cooley and the Providence staff were the first major school to offer a scholarship to the High School star (long before any other) who is now sky-rocketing up the Top-100 recruit lists after a superb summer of basketball.  

Gabriel obviously values the dedication of the Friars staff and puts a lot of stock in his relationship with them to have them in consideration with some of the top powerhouse basketball schools in the nation...BUT (and I hate that I'm saying but), let's not forget that this same thing happened with eventual Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell.  The PC Staff was at every one of Mitchell's games, even when he was riding the bench for a long time with an injury, and he still ended up picking Louisville once his stock exploded.  Here's hoping that the Friars are rewarded for their dedication and belief in Gabriel from the start and he'll become a star at Providence.

3. Former George Mason basketball player Isaiah Jackson transferring to PC

The 6-6 wing from Gainsville, FL will have to sit out this upcoming season before he can get any run with the team but will have three full seasons of eligibility after that.  During his Freshman year at George Mason, the swingman averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and ended up starting the majority of the season.  I'll be the first to admit that I didn't catch many George Mason games last year but I'm having a hard time making sense of his shooting numbers.  He shot a respectable 35.6% from three and 70.6% from the line but shot an abysmal 34.8% from the field.  That can't be right can it?  He shot better from three than he did overall from the floor?  I'm not sure if I've ever seen that before. 

From reading up on Jackson, it feels like he might have had some growing pains during the start of his Freshman season before figuring things out near the end.  He scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 11 games, including two 18-point performances against St. Louis and Fordham.  All and all, it looks like another quality pick-up for Ed Cooley's staff.

4. PC Men's Hockey Receives NCAA Championship Rings

GLENN OSMUNDSON / The Providence Journal
The Providence College Men's Hockey team received their 2014-2015 NCAA National Championship rings on the Slavin lawn this past Friday, thus completing the final step before having to defend their title this upcoming season.  The Friars won their first National Championship in their fourth trip to the Frozen Four.

5. Glastonbury's Brendan Constantine A Part of PC Men's Soccer Incoming Freshman Class

It's an old pic but it's the only one I could find.
After making the final four and finishing third in the National rankings last year, the PC Men's Soccer Team has a big class of 10 incoming freshman coming in the Fall.  Glastonbury's own Brendan Constantine is one of the ten new faces that will make up the Friars team as they try to get back to the Final Four in the next couple of months.  Head Coach Craig Stewart signed a well-deserved long-term extension this off-season and has had incredible success in just three years at the coaching helm.  Stewart has made back-to-back Big East Finals appearances and back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament. Not to mention that his accent is fucking awesome.

Here's a little blurb on the Glastonbury Connection and former Tomahawk from the Friars website:

Constantine, a 5-5, 150-pound midfielder played club soccer for Oakwood SC. During the 2013-14 season, Constantine was selected to the USSDA Academy Select game as a striker and has been called up to a number of U.S. youth team camps at the Under 14-15 levels. He also ranked No. 76 on College Soccer News list of the top-150 high school seniors for the Class of 2015.