Monday, April 4, 2011
The House that Gavitt Built: All-Time Providence College Basketball Team
One of my favorite things is to analyze the all-time great college basketball teams based on their distinguished alumni. Considering the fact that Friar Black-and-White flows through my veins, I figured I would start with the most underrated all-time team there is: Providence College.
Position: Point Guard/Wizard
|North Providence Native Ernie D delivers the Pizza right on time.|
A native of North Providence, "Ernie D" is the perfect point guard for an all-time team. Know for his brilliant passes and court facilitation, DiGregorio would have gotten the Big Dig to finish on-time. Not only did DiGregorio lead the the Friars to the final four but he was also named the 1973-74 NBA rookie of the year.
Position: Hall of Fame Shooting Guard
|You earned that cigar Lenny, you winning machine you.|
Not often thought of as a Friar, this HOF player and coach provides savvy and smarts to any squad. Known for his calm demeanor and crafty scoring, Wilkens was a 9-time NBA all-star and was second in MVP balloting to Wilt Chamberlain during the 1967-68 season. Don't let his nice guy act get in the way of the fact that Lenny was a superb defender. This Bedford-Stuyvesant product could stick any other all-time 2 guard any day of the week.
Position: Underrated Small Forward
Marvin "Bad News" Barnes
Position: Who Cares
Position: "Whatever is needed to win, Coach" - Otis Thorpe
|Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.|
All O-T-I-S Thorpe knows how to do is be part of great things. As part of the Friars, Thorpe was a first team all-Big-East selection and an honorable mention AA. He was then drafted 8th in the 1984 NBA draft upon which he teamed up with Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon to win a ship. Bottom line: Otis Thorpe is a hero, gentleman, and scholar.
Billy "the kid" Donovan
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