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The Providence Friars draft game

Gotta be a top five least imposing mascot of all time

Providence has taken a unique approach to getting fans involved in the draft process. With their prolific scorer, Marshon Brooks, slated to be taken as a lottery pick, the Friars have organized a little contest/donation drive to get the fans involved. Here’s the press release from the university:

Experts are speculating on when Marshon will be drafted and now Friar Fans have the chance to make a prediction and win exclusive tickets! To be entered to win, go to friars.com and make a donation to the Friars Forever Athletic Fund for the amount that corresponds to when you think Marshon will be drafted. For example, if you think Marshon will be the 10th pick in the draft, simply make a $10 donation.

Every person whose donation correctly matches when Marshon Brooks gets drafted will win two VIP luxury box tickets to a Providence College men’s basketball game. All winners will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to a Boston Celtics game.

That seems fine for Providence, but UK fans are crazy so let’s make the game a little more challenging. Let’s assume that you have to guess the draft spot of every UK player and donate a sum that correlates to each. So last season a donation of $1, $5, $14, $18 and $29 would have correctly predicted the draft location of all five Wildcats taken and would have set you back a grand total of $67.

This season that number would probably be higher assuming that you expected both DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson to be drafted. Providence obviously wasn’t much concerned about money considering Brooks’ high projection so there isn’t as much risk for the fans. Everybody gets VIP luxury box tickets! We like risk though, so we’re going to do a risky hypothetical situation.

If you could win pretty good tickets to a UK game, probably against a lesser opponent, and a chance to be in a drawing for Blugrass Stallions tickets, what donations would you make to predict the draft positions of Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson? Essentially, I’m asking you to guess when the Kentucky players will get drafted with a faux-gambling edge.

Personally, I’d give a total donation of $113. Knight to the Jazz for $3, Kanter to the Cavs for $4, Liggins to the Lakers for $46 and Jorts to the Kings for $60.

Leave your predictions in the comment section below. I can’t promise UK tickets, but if anyone gets them all correct and that person happens to be in Evanston during the winter for some unfortunate reason, then I’d love to treat you to an evening of Northwestern Wildcats basketball. We can laugh at the high school gymnasium they play in and their lack of fan support while they jack up 30+ threes. It’ll be fun.

Article written by Matthew Hays

26 Comments for The Providence Friars draft game



  1. Winner!!!
    9:42 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Enes Kanter- 3rd pick to Jazz
    Brandon Knight- 5th to Raptors
    Deandre Liggins- 56th to Lakers
    Jorts- 59th to Spurs



  2. 2011DraftCats
    9:45 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $2-Kanter_$4-Knight_$44-Liggins_$58 – Jorts = $108



  3. Drizzy Drake
    9:47 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter- $2
    Knight- $3
    Liggins- $46
    Jorts- $0
    Total= $51



  4. the boss
    9:55 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $2 Kanter
    $3 Knight
    $58 Liggins
    $0 Jorts undrafted



  5. Lucaine
    9:57 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $3 – Knight
    $6 – Kanter
    $46 – Liggins



  6. californiacatfan
    10:03 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $2 Kanter – $4 Knight – $46 Liggins – Undrafted Jorts



  7. ukcatfannfl
    10:08 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $2.00 Kanter/$3.00 Knight = 5.00



  8. Umm
    10:15 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    This post is stupid.



  9. I heart Jorts
    10:32 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    3,4, 39, 58.



  10. RealTalk
    10:37 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    #8 why did you even comment? Take your hatin sass elsewhere



  11. Bill Bammer Nolate
    10:49 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    $ 3-Knight
    $ 4-Kanter
    $60-Liggens
    $ 0-Jorts(sorry)
    $67 Total



  12. Thomas
    10:51 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter–2nd Pick to the T-Wolves
    Knight–3rd Pick to the Jazz
    Liggins–46th pick to the Lakers
    Jorts– 60th pick to the Kings

    2+3+46+60= $111



  13. T.J.
    10:54 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter–$2
    Knight–$3
    Liggins–$46
    Jorts $0

    Total: $51



  14. UKHoopshysteria
    11:08 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter-$3, Knight-$5, Liggins-$46, Jorts-$60



  15. tdogg4033011
    11:24 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter 3
    Knight 5
    Liggins 46

    UK tickets are welcome !!!!



  16. UK7xCHAMPS
    11:31 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Knight $3
    Kanter $4
    Liggins/Jorts – Not drafted



  17. mashburnfan1
    11:53 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    kanter $1
    knight $4
    Liggins $56
    jorts $60
    $121 total



  18. Vince
    12:01 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    $3 Knight $4 Kanter $48 Liggins $55



  19. Bg Cat
    12:02 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Knight~3, Kanter~4 Mindfreak~46. 53 Total



  20. John Shurna and Drew Crawford... Here I come!!
    2:14 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter $3
    Knight $5
    Liggins $58
    Harrellson $60



  21. LilRonnie
    6:31 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Enes $3
    Knight $4
    Liggins $56
    Jorts $60



  22. pccatsfan
    7:55 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder what the NCAA would think if UK had done this? Using an athlete as the basis of a lottery/gambling to raise funds for their athletic department. I personally have no problem with it, but the NCAA may.



  23. Wildcats_23270
    8:11 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter – 3rd pick; Knight – 5th pick; Liggins – 54th pick; Jorts – 58th pick; Total of $120



  24. RidgeRunner
    8:49 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    The Friar mascot looks like Ricky-3-stacks when he heard about the pregnancy.



  25. RidgeRunner
    8:52 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    22…they will -as soon as a troll comes in here and see’s this. It’s getting (hell, it’s there) to be that rediculous and wouldn’t surprise me.



  26. Ebrown
    9:26 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Enes 1
    Knight 4
    Liggins 46
    Jorts undrafted