2009-2010 Providence Predictions
2008-09 Record: (19-14, 10-8 Big East)
Coach: Keno Davis (3rd year, 47-19 at Providence)
Assistants: Chris Davis, Rodell Davis, Pat Skerry
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Overview: Providence was another Big East squad hurt by losses. Keno Davis’ squad loses four starters including Weyinmi Efejuku (15.7ppg, 4rpg). The Friars do return Sharaud Curry (5-10, 169), who averaged 11.8ppg and 4.2apg. They could move him to off-guard to allow freshmen Johnny Lacy (5-10, 160) or Vincent Council (6-2, 180) to play point guard. Up front, the Friars have some huge holes to fill. Geoff McDermott (8.2ppg, 9.5rpg), Randall Hawke (8.9ppg) and Jonathan Kale (10.1pppg, 6rpg) were key cogs to an overachieving team. If the Friars can find some way to replace those three frontcourt players, they can match last year’s record. Redshirt freshman forward Bilal Dixon (6-8, 235) and junior redshirt Jamine Peterson (6-6, 235) will get the opportunity to play up front. They also recruited a JC forward in Russ Permenter (6-9, 230), who is the most experienced player up front. True freshmen James Still (6-9, 219) and Kadeem Batts (6-9, 230) are also in the picture.
Outlook: Providence takes a major step backwards after playing so well in Davis’ first season at the helm. They had a lot of experience and toughness up front, despite not featuring many superstars. This club will have to develop that toughness and cohesiveness to get close to matching last year’s production.
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