July 7, 1997

Friars Name 1997-98 Men's Basketball Captains

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Basketball Coach Pete Gillen announced today that juniors Kendrick Moore, Jamel Thomas, and Corey Wright have been selected as tri-captains for the 1997-98 basketball season.

In making the announcement, Gillen said, "The players in our program selected Kendrick, Jamel, and Corey as our captains and I'm very confident that these young men will do a terrific job leading our team next season." The Friars' head coach added, "All three have displayed various leadership qualities throughout the spring and summer and we'll be counting on their leadership since we enter the season with a very young team."

PC's preseason roster features just one senior, seven juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen for the coming year.

Kendrick Moore (Hartford, Conn.) will see his first action for the Friars this season after transferring from the University of Missouri and sitting out last year. The 6-3, 180-pound junior is expected to see playing time at both guard spots. Moore has excellent court sense and was a regular in the Missouri lineup. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a sophomore in 1995-96 and was a member of the Big Eight All-Freshman Team in 1994-95.

Jamel Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is the Friars' only returning starter and will be counted on to carry much of the scoring load until the young Friars get game experience. Thomas finished third on the team in scoring as a sophomore averaging 14.0 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. He was named to the All-Southeast Regional Team after scoring 23 points against Arizona. His three-point shot with 15 seconds left tied the game at 85-85 to send it into overtime. At 6-6, 200-pounds, Thomas can play either the shooting guard or forward.

Corey Wright (New York, N.Y.) will take over as the Friars' point guard. The 5-8, 160-pound Wright averaged 3.3 points and had 103 assists as God Shammgod's back up a year ago. A tenacious defender, the fleet-footed playmaker was second on the team with 73 steals last season. The winner of PC's Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award, Wright will be counted on to run the Friars' offense.

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