Bullock out for season
The Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara first reported yesterday that Providence College power forward Rodney Bullock would miss the entire 2014-15 season with a torn ACL. After missing all of last season following sexual assault allegations, Bullock looked to be ready for a big freshman campaign.
Bullock had an impressive Italian trip in August, scoring 33 points and pulling down 19 rebounds, both team-highs, in Providence’s 129-42 win over Tiber Basket in Rome. Bullock led the Friars with 23.6 points and 12 rebounds per game over the three-game trip.
Bullock’s injury makes Ben Bentil’s clearance even more critical than it was already deemed to be. Bullock reportedly underwent surgery to repair his ACL today.
Friars face tough non-conference schedule
The Friars will have its toughest non-conference schedule in recent memory. This will be a good test for Providence, who will be looking to discover its identity without Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts.
The schedule will be highlighted by a trip to Rupp Arena to face the University of Kentucky on November 30. John Calipari has put together a roster that will feature nine All-Americans, highlighted by Aaron and Andrew Harrison, who led the Wildcats to the National Championship game a season ago. Kentucky also brought in freshmen Trey Lyles (#6 ESPN100) and Karl Towns Jr. (#9 ESPN100).
Aside from the trip to Kentucky, Providence will face Florida State and Notre Dame on November 22-23 at the Tipoff at Mohegan Sun. The Friars will then host much-improved URI on December 10 at the Dunk, before welcoming UMass on December 20. Providence will conclude its non-conference schedule with a matchup against Miami at the Barclays Center on December 22.
The play of Kris Dunn and Junior Lomomba will be crucial over this stretch, as the Friars face off against some tough guards—Aaron and Andrew Harrison (KU), E.C. Matthews (URI), Jared Terrell (URI), Aaron Thomas (FSU), and Jerian Grant (ND).