Keno Davis landed another good point guard recruit for next season, as Vincent Council gave his verbal commitment to Providence College on Tuesday.
Vincent Council, the 6-2 175 lb point guard, graduated from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn (Stephan Marbury and Sebastian Telfair) last year, but failed to meet the NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility requirements by being one class short. He is now doing a prep year at Patterson School in North Carolina — the team is currently ranked #1 in the National Prep Poll.
“I feel comfortable there,” Council said via email.
The 6-foot-2 Council, a New York native playing at The Patterson (NC)
School, chose Providence over Rutgers, UCF and Arkansas.
“I just think he’ll bring experience,” said Patterson coach Chris Chaney, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the National Prep Poll. “I think he’s one of Keno Davis’ kind of guys. I think he’s a really great fit. He has a great basketball IQ, and he’s a winner type of player. Davis and (Pat) Scurry did a great job recruiting him.”
Council is averaging 12 point sand 10 assists for Patterson, 20-0 on the season. Providence brings in a handful of freshmen next season and Council should compete for the starting point guard spot, although the Friars believe he can play multiple positions.
“He’s one of those guys that surprised everybody early and has just gotten better and better,” Chaney said. “ I have seen a lot of basketball this year and I havent seen a lot of better point guards than him.”
The Providence Friars have hit the recruiting jackpot for the sixth time this season.
The PC six-player class will be the core of Davis’ program for the next several years. While none of the group is regarded as a must-have recruit on the Big East level, the coaching staff is hoping that with work and seasoning several of the players will mature into high-level talents.
Council will join incoming recruit Johnny Lacy at the point guard position for the 2009 Providence Friars.
Here are some thoughts about Council around web:
2007: Council is a definite Division I point guard prospect. He has a great frame as well as the necessary speed and quickness to exceed at the next level. Most importantly, however, is his overall feel for the game. He sets up his teammates with accurate passes that lead to many scoring opportunities. In addition, he uses his body very well to get shots off against taller players.
Scouts Grade: 90
“[Council] has a very high basketball IQ,” Chaney said. “He really knows how to play. He’s a tough kid. He makes he right plays during the game. He’s one of those guys you can count on. He’s a quarterback who makes the right plays.”
Now, the bouncy 6-1 guard is a few hundred miles south of “Born Ready’s” shadow, and he’s making his own name with a top national program. Elite college coaches regularly visit preseason Bulldog practices, scanning for talent, and Council made an impression last Friday, dunking over a long-armed teammate on a fast break.
Who are the five (or so) best under-the-radar prospects left unsigned in the nation – players who have not garnered a lot of attention thus far (no 4 or 5 stars) but you feel will be good at the next level?
2. Vincent Council: The Patterson (N.C.) School point guard does everything well except shoot the ball with range.