Providence suspends freshmen Brandon Austin, Rodney Bullock

Providence has some optimism heading into the season, but the Friars released some bad news on Wednesday morning.

Freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock have been suspended from game action indefinitely for “not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes,” the school announced.

“We hold our student-athletes to very high standards,” head coach Ed Cooley said in a statement.  “We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.  Due to this, we have decided to suspend them indefinitely from any game action.”

Austin, a versatile 6-foot-6 swingman from Philadelphia, was a top 50 recruit in high school and was ranked among our top 30 impact freshmen. Bullock is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Virginia who brings athleticism and a high motor.

Combine this news with the fact point guard Kris Dunn might not be ready for the season opener because of a shoulder injury, and Cooley could be shorthanded to begin the 2013-14 campaign.

Bryce Cotton, LaDontae Henton and Kadeem Batts are entrenched into their starting roles, but the Friars might need some early production from returning shooter Josh Fortune and North Carolina State transfer Tyler Harris with the potential absences this weekend.

Providence opens the season on Friday against Boston College.

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