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Bryce Cotton (Photo: draftexpress.com)

Bryce Cotton (Photo: draftexpress.com)


Cotton reportedly to sign free agent deal

It has been reported (ProjectSpurs) that Bryce Cotton is currently weighing offers from the reigning 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in regards to a free agent contract. As it stands, Cotton is set to play for San Antonio’s Las Vegas Summer League team, which will hit the court July 11-21.

Cotton went undrafted in last week’s NBA Draft, despite drawing attraction from a number of teams around the league. Only a few days before the draft, Cotton worked out for the Sacramento Kings and dropped jaws when the generously listed 6’1” Cotton recorded a vertical leap of 46 inches, tied for the highest out of any player in pre-draft workouts.

Obviously reports can change, but more than one reputable source broke the same news over the weekend. It looks like Cotton will at least get the shot that we all know he deserves.

Batts to play for Magic in summer league

Kadeem Batts has agreed to play for the Orlando Magic’s Summer League team, which is set to play in the Orlando league from July 5-11.

Like Cotton, Batts worked out for a number of NBA teams prior to the draft, with the hopes to be given a shot to prove himself in the summer league.

Batts averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season during his senior year with the Friars.

Friar recruit Mitchell visits Providence

Brewster Academy shooting guard, Donovan Mitchell, visited Providence on Friday and everything seems to have gone well.

A native of New York, NY, Mitchell has interest from a number of schools including Connecticut and Florida and is ranked 74th in ESPN100 for the class of 2015. Though there is some competition in the recruitment of Mitchell, Ed Cooley and his staff has been pursuing him for quite some time and has made him a top target.

Just a day later, Mitchell was on the campus of Boston College for a recruiting visit with the Eagles and their new staff.

Mason has “good visit” at Providence

The Friars hosted highly coveted Niagara University transfer Antoine Mason this past weekend. Not too much to go off of, but the 6’3″ guard did tweet that his visit to Providence went well:

Mason had previously visited Auburn University and it’s been reported that he will visit Boston College in the next week.

Mason is one of the nation’s top returning scorers, averaging 37.6 minutes played and 25.6 points per game during his junior season at Niagara last year. Over just three seasons at Niagara, Mason ranks third in program history in scoring with 1,923 total points. After Niagara finished with a 19-14 record in 2012-13, the Purple Eagles fell off last year, going just 7-26 including a conference record of 3-17.

In Providence, Mason would get exactly what he wants, the ability to play for a winning team and the opportunity to step in and be a main contributor right away.

Friars, Big East Have Strong Showing in Latest ESPN 2014 Class Rankings

Ben Bentil

The recent commitment of Ben Bentil, to go along with prior commitments from ESPN100 recruits Paschal Chukwu and Jalen Lindsay, has established the Friars as having one of the top 2014 recruiting classes in the country.

In the latest 2014 class rankings, Providence was tabbed #16 among the top 25 2014 recruiting classes, down two spots from the prior rankings, but still holding strong.

However, the Friars weren’t the only Big East team getting love in the latest rankings, as Providence was one of five Big East teams tabbed in the top 25.

Other Big East teams in top 25:

4–Seton Hall

5–Georgetown

10–Xavier

25–Villanova

Friars Ready to Start Season

The Friars have already started practice and are ready to kick off, what should be, a solid 2013-14 season. After showing signs of their potential towards the end of last season, there is much anticipation around Providence to see what this year’s team will do.

Providence will host RIC in their only exhibition game at the Dunk on November 2 at 7pm.

They will then be tested right away, as the Friars will host the Eagles of Boston College on November 8 at 6pm at the Dunk in their first regular season game.

Friar Recruiting Update: Big Decisions to be Made

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                      Chukwu

Over the next couple of weeks, Friar recruits will be announcing their commitments, announcements that would potentially make Providence a top tier team for the next handful of years.

In the next week, 7’1″ center Paschal Chukwu is expected to make his decision. Chukwu has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Providence and St. Joe’s. Many believe that PC will be Chukwu’s choice, but it remains to be seen. The Westport, Connecticut native is ranked 58th in the ESPN100, in addition to being ranked the 5th best center in the country.

This could have potential influence on the decisions of Abdul Malik Abu and Jared Terrell, who are set to announce their decisions together on September 7. URI is also in Terrell’s final five along with PC, as the Rams will host the 6’3″ shooting guard for an official visit on September 3-4. Again, PC could be a potential destination for both players, however, as I would imagine the current teammates would enjoy playing with each other for a promising program.

The ‘Fab Five’ dreams were ruined, despite Ed Cooley’s attempts, when point guard Kaleb Joseph committed to Syracuse on his official visit. Although it would’ve been ideal for Joseph to come to PC, many feared that would happen.

With the commitment of Jalen Lindsey, the Friars hoped that would attract other top recruits. The Friars still have three out there, we’ll have to wait patiently for their much anticipated decisions in the coming weeks.