Tuesday, May 01, 2007


May 1, 2007

COMMITMENT ALERT: Alex Kellogg, 6'7 F from Columbus (OH).

After striking out in the early signing period, Tim Welsh and the Providence Friars continued their recent tradition of late period recruiting work when they added a third commit this spring when Alex Kellogg decided to join the Friars. PC Sees Potential in Kellogg (Providence Journal) who chose Providence over offers from Miami (Ohio), Butler and Akron.

Projected 2007-2008 Roster

Seniors: Charlie Burch (F)
Juniors: Sharaud Curry (PG), Weyimi Efejuku (G), Geoff McDermott (G/F), Jonathon Kale (PF), Jeff Xavier (G), Randall Hanke (C)
Sophomores: Dwain Williams (G), Brian McKenzie (SG), Ray Hall (C)
Freshmen: Jamine Peterson (F), Marshon Brooks (G), Alex Kellogg (F)

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Alex Kellogg, a 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, Ohio, signed a letter-of-intent with the Friars recently. Kellogg is the son of current CBS-TV analyst Clark Kellogg, a former All-American at Ohio State and a five-year NBA veteran. PC head coach Tim Welsh went to see Kellogg’s St. Francis DeSales High team play in the Ohio state Division II playoffs. Kellogg, who weighs in at a solid 225 lbs, averaged 15.8 points as a junior and upped that total to just over 18 points this season and earned second team all-state honors in Division II.

Kellogg joins Marshon Brooks and Jamine Peterson as late period signees for the Friars. Peterson has been well known in the NYC area for a few years with his high-flying play in the IS8 leagues and in AAU action. 'Greedy', as he is affectionately known as, is known for his rim-attacking style of play. Although just 6'5, he is fearless in attacking the hoop and battling for rebounds, playing much bigger than his listed size. Peterson left NYC for Notre Dame Prep with the hopes of getting noticed by more people, nailing down his academics and earn a scholarship to the Big East: Mission Accomplished. Peterson will have to shore up his ballhandling and extend his range to reach his maximum potential in the Big East, but his athletic ability and relentless style should fit well in a position of need for the Friars. Brooks led Tucker HS to the Class 4A Georgia championship. led the Tigers with 18.9 points a game and shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the 3-point line. A late growth spurt in height kept Brooks under the recruiting radar as Alabama-Birmingham, College of Charleston, Tennessee Tech and Toledo were the list of schools showing interest prior to PC jumping into the mix earlier this spring.

The Friars are currently out of open scholarships , but at PC, that could change weekly and rumors continue to persist that Dwain Williams might not be long for the Friar program and Welsh is still looking for help as last week Vermont transfer Joe Trapani visited PC. A strong, 6-7 shooter with excellent range, Trapani will visit Michigan this week and then Boston College before making a decision.

PC has just one senior on the projected roster for '07-08 which limits their ability to recruit for the 2008 class and with half their scholarship players being juniors next season, saving the 'ships for '08 would be a wise move, but the Friars do need to do a better job in closing earlier on their top prospects so they are not left scrambling in the late period, which often times leads to plugging a round hole with a square peg, it can lead to some diamonds in the rough, or some rough times with a roster that seems unstable.



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