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If you haven’t already seen it, the latest edition of the COWL came out on Thursday.  The cover

Dan Nieto, COWL

story was, Coach Reacts to Players’ Transgressions. The link is posted, but we will give some of the highlights here.  Coach Keno had this to say about the incident:

“My first reaction was concern.  Concern for the individual that was on the receiving end of this incident and it continues to be that first and foremost. In the midst of this tragedy, my emotions have become an array of disappointment, frustration, and now it’s more of self-reflection for myself, the coaching staff, and the team.”

We thought it was interesting that Coach Keno also went on to address Kyle Wright’s facebook note.  Coach Keno said this to the COWL:

“I don’t have anything negative to say about Kyle Wright.  I wish him the best and hope that he has a bright future ahead of him. But I will say in regards to what Kyle and others have said, we are looking at the way we handle our business and we’re always trying to improve. I don’t want the public perception of Providence College Basketball and the college as a whole to be marked by the unfortunate actions of a few team members. We will try to do the best we can moving forward and try to regain the trust of the fans and the people of Rhode Island.”

Here’s the deal.  Coach Keno has been catching a lot of heat for this whole incident.  People admit that he can not be responsible for everything his players do, as he is not the babysitter; however, people are really getting on him for his recruiting.  You could debate who has been brought in in Keno’s only class to arrive on campus as of yet, and whether they should be here or not, but this is what we think.

In basketball there are plenty of marginal people that are awarded scholarships.  That doesn’t make it right but anybody who follows college basketball just a little bit knows that.  Just look around at all the bad that happened last season in the BIG EAST.  West Virginia, and Catholic universities Seton Hall and Villanova all had notable problems.  Just recently problems popped up at St. John’s.  Nationally, Kansas, Tennessee, and many other schools had problems that arose during the season.  It would be great if you could get Academic All-Americans, who are great kids, and great basketball players but that is just not the way it works.  Even Duke doesn’t always get that.  When you recruit a kid you can only know him to a certain extent.  It would be great if you knew his entire history, but you can’t.  You have to go on what his coaches say.  What his mentors say, and what those around the kid say.  And look back and check Johnnie Lacy’s and James Still’s criminal records and get back to us with what you find.  Neither one was a particularly great student, but that is certainly no indicator to a coach that they are going to senselessly beat up another student.

Don’t mistake us for in anyway trying to defend Lacy or Still.  And we aren’t giving Keno free pass either, but we think all things considered he is not handling the situation poorly.  He has just finished his third year as a head coach, and this is a difficult thing to deal with.  We think he acknowledges that there are some issues in the program and it seems like he is going to try his best to address them.  But for people like Kyle Wright and Jim Donaldson to shift so much of the blame to Keno is a little bit much for our liking.

We are thrilled that Joe Young, Gerard Coleman, Ron Giplaye, and Naadir Tharpe have all signed on with Providence College, but we also hope they are good people and do nothing even remotely similar to what happened earlier this week.  And give Coach Keno a chance.  Let the man make changes and improve the program before you throw him under the bus. (And this is not a response to the article in the COWL which we thought was well written and gave the facts, but more to talk around campus and the always insightful commentary of Jim Donaldson…)

We were a little slow in seeing this, but it looks like former player Kyle Wright has written a facebook note shedding some light on the events that happened early Monday morning.  In the note Wright essentially blames Coach Keno and his staff for a lack of structure and discipline within the team, which allowed for the horrible events that took place to happen.  Take a look at it for yourself and see what you think…

What providence friar fans and people around the school fail to realize is how this horrible event was even able to take place. Why were these players comfortable enough to be out on a sunday night doing what they please. The answer is the team and organization they are a part of. Keno Davis from day 1 has established no type of order within his team. He has distanced himself from his players and made it clear that he is not concerned with actions taken off of the basketball court. The lack of structure, leadership, and any type of foundation created an environment in which his players felt as though they were capable of getting away with anything. I know this first hand because I was apart of this team until I quit. It is sad that something like this had to even occur when any type of stable structure and leadership from the HEAD COACH would have sufficed. This Providence coaching staff is not preparing these boys to take on the world and become men, rather they are creating an environments which fosters childish behavior and encourages a lack of respect. These boys came to Providence Colle[g]e to improve as basketball players, students, and become men and now they may be leaving as felons. With that said I am a firm believer in second chances and hopefully no one involved with this incident will be scarred for life. My best wishes go out to Yerkin Abdrakhmanov and his family.

So we would really like to know what readers think about this.  We read it trying to keep in mind that Kyle had a tough season where he didn’t get the playing time he wanted, and didn’t make too much of the limited time he was given.  He is coming from the point of view of somebody who decided to leave the team and the school some time ago.  But this seems a lot like redirecting the blame.  We think that Coach Keno and his staff definately had some short comings and there are things that need to be adjusted within the program, but to blame the incident on the Keno Davis is crazy and irresponsible.  The facts are Johnnie Lacy and James Still made about as bad a decision as you can make.  They were out when they shouldn’t have been, and did something totally inexcusable.  We understand that Kyle is not happy with the team and the coaches, and that as a teammate he will cut his teammates a little slack, but this is a little much in our opinion.  We agree that Lacy and Still came to PC to play basketball, participate as students, and become men, but the fact that they left as felons is 100% there own fault.

The Friars improved to 6-3 with a 78-62 win over the The Brown University Bears, who fell to 4-7 with the loss.  The game was close at the half, but the in the second half the Friars took control and never looked back.  PC was led by Greedy Peterson who tallied 22 points and 9 rebounds largely coming in the second half.  Kyle Wright had a good game coming off of the bench scoring 15 points and going 3 for 5 from behind the arch.  Brown had four players score in double digits, but 16 turnovers and a huge disparity in rebounds ultimately did them in.

The only player who has any amount of consistency on this team is Greedy Peterson.  It seems every game he is good for near 20 points and about 10 rebounds.  Everybody else seems to come and go.  Marshon had his second bad game in a row, Sharaud was not much of a presence and B-Mac went back to his quiet ways.  Bilal Dixon has the potential to be consistant with good point production and solid rebounding numbers, but unfortunately he consistently fouls out of games.  We talked about it and can’t quite remember a player who started on a team and had such trouble with fouling.  Bilal puts up decent numbers in limited time… imagine if he didn’t have to miss half of the game with foul trouble.

Besides the great play of Greedy once again Kyle Wright was a definite bright spot in this game.  Off the bench he had 15 points and went 3-5 from three.  We really haven’t seen too much from Kyle Wright this year so it was good to see him in action.  All the preseason reports said that he could be a big help for PC this season.  The only problem was that only games he has excelled have been against week competition (Vermont and Brown).  That may be a function of playing time or defensive styles, but clearly he can shoot the ball so we would like to see him put up some numbers against a better team.  The George Washington game would be a great time for that.

As far as the game goes, the Friars came out dead.  Once again, as a team they were unable to put together a completeperformance.  The second half was much better but even that left room for improvement.  We were looking for a repeat of the Vermont game and we didn’t get it.  To beat GW on the road we will need a 40 minute effort.  But good thing the Bears didn’t bring Emma Watson, it was already too close without her.

PC Player of the Game: Greedy Peterson Kyle Wright had a great game as well but Greedy was better.  He continues to be a beast on the boards and score in bunches.  His athleticism is amazing and he seems to bring it every night.  Which, given the lack of consistency everywhere else, is really nice.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Downs Brown, 78-62

ProJo.com

PC 78, Brown 62: PC Recovers from Rhody Hangover with Strong Second Half

Friarblog

What Can Brown Do For You?  Help Get Over a Tough Loss [Game Recaps]

The State of Providence Basketball

Bears @ Friars

ESPN.com (AP Write Up)

Providence 78, Brown 62

Providence downed Vermont 106 to 64 last night at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  The Friars had runs of 20-4 and 18-4 in the first 20 minutes giving them a 30 point edge heading into the half, never allowing Vermont to get into the game.  The Friars were once again led by Marshon Brooks who put in 24 points and had 5 steals.  Greedy Peterson also had another big game with 20 points and 5 boards in only 16 minutes of action.  PC also got help from strong performances from James Still and Duke Mondy, and Kyle Wright showed his offensive prowess netting 13 points which included a trio of threes.  For Vermont, senior standout Marqus Blakely scored 24 points and brought down 10 rebounds, but was given no help from the rest of the Catamounts.  Blakely actually led Vermont in all major categories including steals, assists, and blocks.  With the loss Vermont falls to 2-2 as they will go on to play the Drexel Dragons.  The Friars improve to 4-1 as they prepare to host Boston College this Saturday.

Following a difficult loss at Alabama we weren’t sure what to expect as the Friars took on a solid, and very confident, Vermont team, but we liked what we wound up seeing… a lot.  Despite Thanksgiving break there was a solid crowd of just under 7,000.  Marshon and Greedy both had great games again, but this game there was great contribution by the rest of the squad as well.  Duke Mondy, Sharaud Curry, Kyle Wright, and Brian McKenzie all had solid offensive performances.  Kyle hit three threes and seemed to settle in offensively for the first time this season.  Hopefully he keeps it up.  Also, he out some good work in on the boards… a good sign off the bench.

 It looks like Sharaud didn’t start.  Not sure why, but he was coming off a bad game and he needed a better performance against Vermont.  It wasn’t his greatest game but it was an improvement from last game.  he had 9 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turnovers.  We’d say a solid performance.  In future games we will need some more offensive production but for tonight this was good.

The only dark spot on an otherwise great game was that the Friars got off to a sluggish start.  Against Vermont that can work, but we need to come out with intensity from the opening tip.  That said, they recovered nicely from a sluggish first few minutes and really got things going. 

What we really loved wasn’t the 106 points but the defense the Friars played.  Last year there was a lot of criticism that carried over into this year, but so far this team has been able to improve their defense.  Last night PC forced over 20 turnovers and had an outstanding 19 steals.  That is great stuff. 

So it was a good win coming off a bad loss for PC.  Vermont was a solid team, but this was on our homecourt and was a game that had to be won.  On Saturday Boston College comes to The Dunk, which is a big oppurtunity for PC.  Hopefully they rest up over these next few days and come out strong on Saturday.

Links:

ProJo

PC 106, Vermont 64: Friars take care of business

Friarblog

Friars Stuff Their Faces a Full of Points Two Days Early [Game Recaps]

PC Athletics

Men’s Basketball Uses Hot Shooting to Bury Vermont 106-64

Vermont Athletics

Providence Downs Vermont in Men’s Hoops

AP Game Summary [ESPN.com]

Providence 106, Vermont 64