Providence Rumors & News

  • Providence star LaDontae ‘Buckets’ Henton may be the nation’s most under-appreciated star

    College Basketball Talk "There’s a reason they call him ‘Buckets.’ And if you’re a fan of the Providence Friars, or if you watched LaDontae Henton tear through high school opponents in Lansing, Michigan, for four years, you can probably figure out why: the dude can flat out score the ball. What you may not know,..." November 24

  • PC frosh Ben Bentil gets good word from NCAA

    Providence Journal "After losing a few key eligibility cases in his first three years at Providence, Ed Cooley won a very big one Friday. Cooley’s Friars received word that freshman Ben Bentil had been cleared by the NCAA’s Eligibility Center. The 6-foot-8 forward was a national top 100 recruit and is a candidate..." October 28

  • PC loses Rodney Bullock for season with knee injury

    Providence Journal "It will take another year for Rodney Bullock’s college basketball career to begin. Providence College coach Ed Cooley said Wednesday that Bullock has torn his ACL and will miss the upcoming season. The 6-7 redshirt freshman from Virginia was expected to challenge for a starting position for the..." October 16

  • PC’s Rodney Bullock nursing injured knee

    Providence Journal "It looks like Providence College basketball fans will have to wait even longer to get a chance to see forward Rodney Bullock on the court. Bullock, a second-year forward from Virginia, injured his knee in practice earlier this week and may be unavailable for quite some time. PC coach Ed Cooley..." October 10

  • URI adds to 2015 recruit class with Louisiana guard Christion Thompson

    Providence Journal "It’s a long way from Louisiana to Kingston but Christion Thompson says he can’t wait to make the trip next fall. Thompson, a 6-3 guard from Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, verbally committed to play for Dan Hurley and the Rams on Sunday. Thompson and his father, a former LSU football player, spent..." September 22

  • Friars' Kris Dunn cleared for contact

    ESPN.com "Friars point guard Kris Dunn, who missed nearly all of last season with a second major shoulder injury, has been cleared for full-contact practice. Dunn went through Wednesday's team workout without any issues to his right shoulder and told ESPN afterward that he is about 80 percent back...." September 18

  • Providence lands commitment from top 100 big man from Florida

    College Basketball Talk "Providence head coach Ed Cooley has landed a commitment from Alex Owens, a 6-foot-8 forward from Florida. Owens announced the commitment on twitter on Monday afternoon after leaving Providence elite camp this weekend. Owens, who is the No. 108 recruit in the Class of 2015, is the second..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Friars’ Dunn confident he’ll be ready when needed

    Providence Journal "He hears the questions too often, even daily, but perhaps more than any college basketball player in the nation, Kris Dunn has learned to roll with the punches. Dunn knows the questions aren’t going away, but at this point it doesn’t really bother him anymore. He’s just excited about getting..." August 05

  • R.I. grand jury declines to indict two Providence college basketball players in sexual-assault case

    Providence Journal "A statewide grand jury has concluded there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against two college basketball players accused of sexually assaulting a female student on the Providence College campus last November. The players, Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin, PC teammates at the time,..." July 17

  • Former Providence guard Josh Fortune will transfer to Colorado

    CBSSports.com "Providence transfer Josh Fortune has committed to Colorado, his mother Angela Fortune told CBSSports.com. Fortune will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 8.4 points last year for the Friars and shot 35 percent..." July 02

  • Report: Providence transfer Josh Fortune visits LSU; Colorado, Minnesota in the mix

    College Basketball Talk "The initial reports suggested Josh Fortune transferred out of Providence to be closer to his home in Hampton, Virginia. Based on his recent travel schedule, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Since announcing his departure from Providence, Fortune has heard from plenty of schools, and has..." June 24

  • Auburn scores visit from nation's top returning scorer Niagara transfer Antoine Mason

    Alabama.com "Bruce Pearl is at it again. Auburn's new men's basketball coach has the Tigers in the running to land the services of the nation's top returning scorer. Niagara transfer guard Antoine Mason, who averaged 25.6 points per game as a junior this past season, is set to visit Auburn this..." June 02

  • Providence, UMass interested in Kansas transfer Naadir Tharpe

    College Basketball Talk "More than three weeks after announcing his transfer from Kansas, two potential suitors have reportedly expressed interest in the rising senior point guard Naadir Tharpe. Providence and UMass are both pursuing Tharpe, according to a report from Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports on Tuesday afternoon...." May 27

  • UNC survives Cotton, Providence 79-77 to advance in NCAA tournament

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina survived a game for the ages from Providence guard Bryce Cotton, and when the Tar Heels needed it most they made shots from the free throw line in the final seconds of a 79-77 victory on Friday night in the NCAA tournament. UNC has been one of the worst free throw shooting teams..." March 22

  • Sex assault allegation shadows PC on trip to NCAA tournament

    Providence Journal "The Providence Friars’ first journey to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years began Wednesday morning with a major distraction as they climbed aboard their charter flight to San Antonio. The Friars will play Friday against the North Carolina Tar Heels at 7:20 p.m. But as they prepare, they must deal..." March 19

  • Providence Police Investigating Players for Sexual Assault

    The Wall Street Journal "Police in Providence, R.I., are investigating a claim by a student at Providence College who alleges she was sexually assaulted in November by two members of the school's men's basketball team. Major David Lapatin of the Providence Police confirmed Tuesday that the alleged victim made the..." March 19

  • Harvard’s Tommy Amaker is BC’s leading candidate

    Boston Globe "Tommy Amaker appears to be at the top of a very short list of candidates to replace Steve Donahue as BC basketball coach. Some others: A look at him and some others who could be on BC’s list: Tommy Amaker, Harvard - Would bring an ACC pedigree. He played for and coached alongside Hall of..." March 19

  • Providence 65, Creighton 58

    ProSportsDaily "Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and LaDontae Henton came up big down the stretch as the Friars upset the Bluejays at New York City's Madison Square Garden to win their first Big East tournament title in 20 years. Providence, an original member of the Big East, had only made the tournament..." March 16

  • BIG EAST CHAMPIONS! Providence wins title over Creighton, 65-58

    Providence Journal "Forget the bubble talk. The Providence College Friars will dance into their first NCAA Tournament in a decade this week as the newly crowned Big East champions. The Friars (23-11) won their second title, and first since 1994, Saturday under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, outlasting..." March 16

  • Providence 80, Seton Hall 74

    ProSportsDaily "LaDontae Henton scored a season-high 26 points to go with 14 rebounds as the Friars topped the Pirates in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. The fourth-seeded Friars (22-11) likely punched their NCAA tournament ticket with the victory and will face second-seeded Creighton in..." March 15

  • Providence 79, St. John's 74

    ProSportsDaily "Josh Fortune scored a career-high 24 points as the Friars improved their at-large resume by holding off the Red Storm in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. LaDontae Henton collected 16 points and 11 rebounds for No. 4 seed Providence (21-11), which will face No. 8 seed..." March 14

  • Teams are different, but Big East passion remains

    New York Post "It’s called the “Fu Effect,” named for the impact Seton Hall senior forward Fuquan Edwin can have on a game. It could be bouncing around during pregame warm-ups to get himself and his teammates amped. Or it could be something like he did Wednesday night against Butler in the first round of the Big..." March 13

  • St. John’s knows loss to Providence ends its dream

    New York Post "St. John’s faces a must-win game Thursday afternoon at the Garden, a game it likely has to win to reach the NCAA Tournament. But the Red Storm have been playing these games for six weeks since the end of January, when they began the Big East season 0-5. “That’s our advantage,” sophomore forward..." March 13

  • Creighton 88, Providence 73

    ProSportsDaily "Doug McDermott set career highs with 45 points on 17-of-25 shooting, moving past the 3,000-point mark as the host Bluejays took down the Friars. Austin Chatman added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East), who finished the regular season with wins in nine of their..." March 09

  • Big East tourney depleted, but maybe more interesting

    New York Post "It’s still the Big East Tournament. It’s still Madison Square Garden. Is it the same? A lot has changed in the year since the members of the Big East last congregated for March Madness in Midtown. But what the conference has lost in star power with Connecticut (American Athletic), Syracuse..." March 07

  • Providence 81, Marquette 80

    ProSportsDaily "Bryce Cotton capped a 25-point effort with the decisive free throws in the closing seconds as the Friars outlasted the visiting Golden Eagles in a thriller between Big East teams resting on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Cotton, who played all 50 minutes, hit 13-of-15 from the free-throw line but..." March 05

  • Victory crucial to tourney hopes for both PC, Marquette

    Providence Journal "No college basketball contest in the country will scream “Bubble Game” more than the one set to tip off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Tuesday night. Once the calendar flipped to March, the level of desperation to grind out victories grew to a premium. No one disagrees that the Providence..." March 04

  • Providence 74, Seton Hall 69

    ProSportsDaily "Bryce Cotton scored a game-high 24 points to lead four players in double figures as the visiting Friars avoided a loss that might have crushed their NCAA Tournament hopes. Kadeem Batts tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds for Providence (19-10, 9-7 Big East), which is one victory shy of its first..." March 01

  • Providence 87, Butler 81

    ProSportsDaily "Bryce Cotton scored 28 points to lead five starters in double figures as the Friars got a big road win over the Bulldogs. Cotton was 8-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and dished out six assists for Providence (18-10, 8-7 Big East). LaDontae Henton added 15 points and..." February 24

  • This year, the Big East tourney means so much more

    New York Post "For 30 years the Big East Tournament grew into a week-long spectacle on 33rd Street that became a commercial and competitive success. It featured the best basketball conference for many of those years and winning the Big East Tournament championship was a prize that said you can’t become the..." February 20

  • Poppin' Bubbles: Providence and Richmond miss big chances

    CBSSports.com "Tuesday didn't have too many marquee matchups, but it did feature several quality bubble games. Some teams were looking for resume-boosting wins, while others were just looking to avoid bad losses. Winners George Washington: The Colonials were in nearly every projected bracket heading into the..." February 19

  • Villanova tops Providence in double OT

    Philly.com "Villanova coach Jay Wright freely admits that he's still trying to get over the 21-point loss that Creighton handed his team Sunday. Fortunately for Wright, his players stayed in the moment Tuesday night through regulation and two overtimes against Providence. Playing their third road game in..." February 19

  • Wright, Villanova hope to rebound against Providence

    Philly.com "Jay Wright's mantra at Villanova always is "next game," and maybe that's a good thing for the Wildcats, to put another gruesome loss against Creighton in the rearview mirror. The Cats take on Providence on Tuesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in their third consecutive road game. It comes..." February 18

  • Hoyas win fourth straight, get to .500 in Big East with 83-71 victory

    Washington Post "Markel Starks, the most indispensable player on the Georgetown men’s basketball team, was down on the court at Verizon Center on Monday night clutching his left knee. The silence in the building was in sharp contrast to the booming decibel level moments earlier, when the point guard sank a..." February 11

  • Friars in need of the finishing touch

    Providence Journal "The dog days of the college basketball season are wearing down the Providence Friars. These are the toughest weeks of the college hoop season as teams around the country keep jockeying for position for the NCAA Tournament or their conference tourneys. Wins are valued like rare jewels. Losing..." February 10

  • DePaul still without Melvin, Garrett, McKinney vs. Providence

    Chicago Sun-Times "An undermanned DePaul team again will take the floor Saturday against Providence, with Cleveland Melvin still under suspension and starting point guard Billy Garrett Jr. and junior Charles McKinney still ailing. “We’re still right where we were [against Seton Hall last Saturday],” coach Oliver..." February 01

  • Marquette shakes up lineup, downs Providence

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Yes, Marquette's season has come down to desperate measures for desperate times and all that, but there was a method to coach Buzz Williams' radical lineup shakeup Thursday night. He started two freshmen, JaJuan Johnson and Deonte Burton, while substituting like a hockey coach in the 61-50..." January 31

  • Friars thriving in new Big East

    Providence Journal "The new, friendlier Big East is working very, very well for the Providence College Friars. For now, anyway. The best thing about the Friars’ five-game winning streak in conference play is that the team’s next game isn’t at Louisville, followed by a trip to Pittsburgh and then a home game..." January 28

  • Butler stumbles late against Providence

    Indianapolis Star "The chance was certainly there, like it has been so often this year, and then it was gone, another setback in a season that has begun to slip away from them over the past few weeks. The Butler basketball team lost this one not in the closing minutes or in overtime – as is their custom this..." January 22

  • Friars’ Bancroft has earned minutes, and Cooley’s trust

    Providence Journal "As they stood next to one another during a free throw Saturday night, Doug McDermott and Ted Bancroft exchanged a little idle chatter. McDermott, everybody’s All-American from Creighton University, was noticing how the Dunkin’ Donuts Center crowd kept buzzing whenever Bancroft touched the..." January 21

  • No. 8 Villanova lone Big East team ranked in top 20

    New York Daily News "Villanova will go through this first season of the reimagined Big East with a bull’s-eye on its back. The Wildcats are the only team in the conference that is nationally ranked (No. 8) and thus the best opportunity other Big East teams have to improve their NCAA Tournament profile with a..." January 17

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