1. David Duke can fucking fly
David Duke (@Duuukkeee) with the impressive slam in game one of Providence’s four game Italy trip. #PCBB
Via @PCFriarsmbb pic.twitter.com/mVEgOL2QJv
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) August 16, 2018
David Duke Jr. with the steal.
David Duke Jr. with the SLAM! 😳#GoFriars🇮🇹 @CBBonFOX pic.twitter.com/WnGNeIGeP2
— PC Men’s Basketball (@PCFriarsmbb) August 18, 2018
To say that I’m excited about watching David Duke next season is the understatement of the century. I didn’t realize how much Kris Dunn this kid has in his game but if these dunks are any indication of what’s to come…I am so damn ready.
2. Emmitt Holt Seems to be Ready to Go for the Season
The biggest and best news that came out of the Italy trip was Emmitt Holt showing that he can handle competitive basketball once again.
There was a fantastic article from Brendan McGair of the Woonsocket Call that more than deserves your time, focusing on Holt’s injury last year and working his way back to the Friars.
Emmitt is the heart and soul of this team and his presence is needed if PC wants to make it 6 NCAA Tournament appearances in a row.
3. This Team is Deep
I know they were starting and sitting different guys throughout the games, but just the fact that they can have this many guys fill it up from game to game says a lot about this year’s squad.
I’m not sure who is going to be the odd man out come tourney time, but right now, I see the Friars as having legitimately 12 guys who can contribute.
Game 1 vs. Varese All-Stars
Isaiah Jackson: 18 points, 6 rebounds
A.J. Reeves: 16 points
Nate Watson: 15 points
David Duke Jr.: 14 points
Kalif Young: 11 points, 12 rebounds
Game 2 vs. Adriatic Sea Dragons
David Duke Jr.: 19 points, 6 assists
Alpha Diallo: 17 points
A.J. Reeves: 16 points
Kris Monroe: 14 points
Kalif Young: 9 points, 9 rebounds
Emmitt Holt: 7 points, 11 rebounds
Game 3 vs. Rosetto Sharks
A.J. Reeves: 9 points
Jimmy Nichols Jr.: 9 points
Game 4 vs. Luiss Roma
Jimmy Nichols Jr.: 12 points, 5 rebounds
Isaiah Jackson: 12 points
David Duke Jr.: 9 points
A.J. Reeves: 9 points, 4 assists
Makai Ashton-Langford: 9 points, 5 assists
4. Team Chemistry Seems to be at an All-Time High
Coach Cooley and the Providence staff had each of the players have a different roommate on each of the four stops during the Italy trip, a very Remember The Titans approach…you know, without all the racism and shit. For real though, that does get them to know each other much better on a personal level, especially with 4 Freshman joining the team this year.
P.S. those bucket hats are fire.
5. Alpha Diallo is the Alpha Dog this year
You know you’re the go-to guy when you are the one asked to do the interviews. Diallo caught up with John Fanta on the Big East Shootaround to talk all things Big East basketball.
As @PCFriarsmbb returns to 🇺🇸 from 🇮🇹, check out Friars star Alpha Diallo talking about the trip, previewing the season and even a rematch with @John_Fanta.#PCBB #BEshootaround pic.twitter.com/FpAveZKL9Y
— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) August 24, 2018
Now let’s get to the season already. This has gotten me sufficiently pumped up, and I wasn’t able to watch the Friars in action for the majority of the time they were over there.