The Friars go from a 12-19 record, including a dismal 4-14 conference showing, to a definite team on the rise. Behind this momentum is a terrific 2010 class led by a pair of Top 100 players.
Coach Keno Davis and his staff—as well as every other proud Providence College staff, student and alum—are still in disarray after two players, James Still and Johnnie Lacy, allegedly attacked and beat a fellow student to the point where he was rushed to the hospital with broken facial bones.
Providence desperately needs some positive news to lessen the sting and frustration from this unfortunate event. By all accounts, not only is this incoming class very talented, but they seem to be hard-working, humble kids.
GERARD COLEMAN—G (6’4, 175)
Coleman is an excellent grab for the Friars. On film, it’s easy to see why many top-tier programs such as Marquette and Connecticut were after him. He’s smooth and athletic penetrating with a mid-range game that will need to be respected. Perhaps the most impressive, or underrated, aspect of his game might be his intense, blanketing man-to-man defense.
JOSEPH YOUNG—G (6-2, 185)
A top 100 recruit, Young is a big-time scorer. His near 26 ppg last season was enough to earn Gatorade’s 2010 Texas Player of the Year award. With so many players blurring traditional positional boundaries, Young is a classic shooting guard who can, and will, knock it down from beyond the arc.
He looks like the energizer bunny on the court and adds instant offense to a somewhat stagnant group.
BRICE KOFANE—PF (6-8, 200)
A Cameroon native, Kofane is an intriguing prospect with promising upside.
While parts of his offensive game are undeveloped, the Friars staff knows much of that is likely correlated to a lack of coaching. He’s an aggressive presence on the floor who shows no fear in the post exploding to rebound or block shots.
RON GIPLAYE—PF (6’8, 240)
Giplaye is a big kid who gives Providence some much needed bulk in the paint.