PC Friars Update - Cooley: “It’s All Good”
Monday, June 25, 2012
Ed Cooley is a leader. Friar fans got to witness that leadership at his introductory press conference over a year ago when he laid out his plan for the program.
Fast forward to today where the PC coach has a few issues to deal with, yet he is still very confident that everything is heading in the right direction.
The latest bit of news to concern Friar fans is the shoulder injury to highly-touted recruit Kris Dunn. The New London star guard reaggravated an existing injury in Colorado a few weeks back while training for the under-18 Team USA team bringing his status for the upcoming season into question. A published report claims that if Dunn were to need surgery, that he could miss the entire 2012-2013 season.
Cooley was taking a much more optimistic approach to the news on Dunn. "He is going to have an MRI at the end of the week and we'll have more difinitive answers by the end of the week," Cooley said. "It's nothing to be alarmed about. We'll get through it."
When asked about the status of incoming star guard Ricky Ledo whose status may be in the hands of the NCAA clearing house, Cooley said, "I still feel good about where we're at with Ricky. He still has to finish up a couple of things because of the fact that he was at a few different schools. But I think we should be alright."
Ironically, with the status of Dunn and Ledo uncertain at the moement, there have been rumors that Providence might be interested in former URI guard Billy Baron who has decided to transfer from the Rams' program. Cooley could not comment on whether or not PC was interested in him, but GoLocalProv.com has learned that the 3 schools Baron is visiting are Providence, Purdue and Canisius which is where his father Jim is the new head coach.
Still, if Dunn and Ledo are both healthy and cleared to play this fall, you wonder where a player like Baron would fit in when you add the likes of Vincent Council and Bryce Cotton to the mix?
Furthermore, new URI coach Dan Hurley may not want to see Baron heading to his intrastate rival. Hurley, a guest on the "GoLocal Sports Show" Saturday morning on 103.7 FM - WEEI said, "we certainly wouldn't want him playing for another school in the Atlantic Ten." And while PC is not an A-10 school, you wonder if the same priciple may apply.
Cooley said that he's also surprised by all of the rumors out there about his program, many of which he claims are false. One such rumor has been that Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson has had some issues and that he might be considering transferring to Iona which makes little sense. "That's all speculation," said Cooley. "Sidiki had a good work out yesterday. He's a Friar, man!"
Is there reason for concern PC fans? Certainly. But understand that the man steering the ship is very confident that it's heading in the right direction and that, ultimately, everything will be just fine.