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Why did Providence guard Vincent Council sit longer than anticipated Thursday? Twitter.

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Due to issues on the defensive end of the floor in the games leading up to Thursday’s contest against Connecticut, Providence point guard Vincent Council and small forward LaDontae Henton were replaced in the starting lineup by Teddy Bancroft and Lee Goldsbrough.

But while Henton was on the floor just two minutes into the game Council had to wait longer, not entering the game until the halfway point of the first half.

Why? Council tweeted about the move on Thursday afternoon, and talking about program affairs on social media is something that head coach Ed Cooley doesn’t approve of.

Of course, former Friars Gerard Coleman (now at Gonzaga) and Ron Giplaye (now at East Tennessee State) reacted to Council’s tweet, as you can see below.

“Ya know,” Council tweeted, “I don’t even joke that ted starting and lee for me and buckets!!”

“That (bleep) is crazy,” Coleman responded. “Where the loyal at? This ya last year bruh just keep doin and finish strong my dude.”

“I’m shocked, but I ain’t surprised,” Giplaye tweeted. “What u miss study hall? Or is this the game plan?”

Following the Friars’ 82-79 overtime loss to the Huskies Cooley simply stated that the program has a policy prohibiting players from talking about the program on social media. Program issues are to be kept in house, and that’s something that just about any program would require of its players.

Both Council and Henton played well for the Friars on Thursday night, with the senior point guard finishing with 15 points, ten assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes before fouling out and Henton accounting for 15 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.

But despite four players reaching double figures (Kadeem Batts led the way with 20 points) and a 55-24 rebounding advantage Providence lost for the fourth time in the last five games. The Friars converted 28 offensive rebounds into just 18 second-chance points, and UConn scored 25 points off of 17 Providence turnovers.

After starting the season 8-2 Providence has lost nine of their last 11 games with shoddy play on the defensive end being a big reason why (of course the Friars had limited depth for much of the non-conference portion of their schedule due to injuries or transfers).

Cooley sent a message to two of his key players by way of the bench on Thursday, and Council’s response led to him sitting much longer than expected.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.

South Dakota State gets two commits

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Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.

The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.

Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.

The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.

South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.