Providence Friars senior forward Emmitt Holt will miss Friday’s season opener against the Houston Baptist Huskies due to stomach surgery, head coach Ed Cooley informed FanRag Sports. Additionally, fellow senior Jalen Lindsey is a game-time decision due to a knee injury, per Cooley.
The Friars are bringing back some real experience from last year’s club, with Holt and Lindsey as two of the returning starters.
Holt led the 2016-17 roster by shooting 52.3 percent from the field, pouring in an average of 12.5 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds over 32 total contests. The big man ended the season strong, scoring in double figures in eight of the final 11 games.
Lindsey averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds over 32 games last season. After shooting 26.9 percent from 3 as a sophomore, he saw that number spike to 46 percent last season. He’s contributed all three years in the system, gradually progressing into a full-time starter for Cooley.
Providence finished with a 20-13 record last season, the fourth straight with 20 or more wins under Cooley, who has been at the post since 2011. Now gearing up for his seventh season with the Friars, Cooley is 123-80 lifetime at Providence.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.