In an announcement that Friartown was probably expecting due to Coach Cooley’s apparent slip of the tongue during a post-game interview following the Friars loss to Kansas, Ed Croswell will officially be returning to Providence College for his finish out his final year of eligibility.
Check out the 35 second mark on of the interview with John Fanta that I was referencing.
I guess that doesn’t matter now as Croswell has officially announced it himself that he’s coming back to finish the job his guys started.
With Nate Watson and Noah Horchler officially out the door having spent what felt like the last decade in college, there are going to be a bunch of minutes freeing up in the frontcourt. If Justin Minaya ends up leaving as well, then that just adds some more dependence of Croswell’s playing time. Horchler and Minaya both averaged 33.2 minutes per game, Watson averaged 28.0 minutes per game, and Croswell averaged just 14.8 minutes. Since we don’t know who may be coming into the program via the transfer portal and the only other known frontcourt player is redshirt Freshamn Rafael Castro, let’s make an estimate that Croswell’s minutes next year fall somewhere between Horchler/Minaya and Watson. If we double his minutes, he should play about 30 minutes a game next season.
Croswell averaged 5.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.7 bpg, and 0.6 spg, while shooting 64.7% from the field. Just doubling those numbers, he should average somewhere around 10.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg, and 1.2 spg. With the extended time on the floor his field goal percentage may drop a bit but his attempts should also go up, pretty much canceling each other out. I’m going to predict that Big Ed creeps into the double-digits with at least 10 double-doubles next season.
Welcome Back Ed.