While the Providence staff has secured two commitments from top 100 players Jalen Lindsey and Paschal Chukwu as well as Cleveland St. transfer Junior Lomomba, a defensive stopper who has enrolled at Providence and will have three years of eligibility when he begins his career in a Friar uniform for the 2014-2015 season, the staff remains very active in recruiting for both the 2014, 2015, and even 2016 classes. Full team practice is set to begin shortly, but the Providence staff will continue to recruit players from all these classes to continue to build the program. Ed Cooley and his staff have already built relationships with several recruits in the 2015 and 2016 classes that could prove beneficial in the future. However, Providence remains involved with several talented recruits to fill out the 2014 class.
2014 PF Ben Bentil
Bentil is the most highly rated recruit that remains in play for the Friars for the 2014 class. Bentil appeared to be down to Georgetown, Miami, Providence, and Temple, but following the commitment of forward Paul White to Georgetown, it appears the Hoyas have backed out of the race for him. Ben Bentil visited Providence a few weeks ago and stated that he enjoyed the visit to the Providence campus. Bentil has set three final official visits before he will make his decision. He will visit Miami the weekend of October 5th, Providence the weekend of October 12th, and Temple the weekend of October 19th. Miami remains involved with several other power forward prospects that will be visiting the campus prior to Bentil. A commitment from one of these prospects could certainly boost the Friars chances.
2014 G/F Marial Shayok
Shayok is a Canadian born wing who attends Blair Academy in New Jersey. While Shayok had stated at one point over the summer that Providence was one of the schools coming at him the hardest, not much had been heard regarding Providence’s recruitment of Shayok. However, Coach Ed Cooley and the Providence staff have visited Shayok several times since the start of the live period. It is clear that the Providence staff has grown to love versatile players who can play both the guard and forward spots. Shayok will visit Providence this weekend and will visit Marquette on the weekend of October 12th for their midnight madness. Shayok has also had in-home visits with USC, Marquette, Minnesota, and Seton Hall. While Marquette is thought to be the frontrunner for Shayok, Providence appears to be making a strong push and could close the gap further if his visit this weekend goes well.
Cooley at Brewster Academy
Just like last year, Coach Ed Cooley has already made his presence felt at Brewster Academy this year particularly being the first coach in an open gym recently. Cooley has visited Brewster as part of his continued recruitment of 2015 G Donovan Mitchell and 2015 F Jarred Reuter who both transferred to the school this year. Providence seems to have built a strong relationship with both players, but Mitchell appears to be one of the prime targets in the class of 2015 recruiting class. Watch out for Syracuse and other big name programs to become more involved with both of these players very soon. In addition to these 2015 recruits, Providence appears to be interested in 2014 PG Devonte Graham who was previously in the 2013 class, but decommitted from Appalachian State and decided to attend a year of prep school. Graham is not eligible to speak to other schools until November, but his recruitment is sure to heat up then.
2014 F Jacquil Taylor
Jacquil Taylor is down to North Carolina A&T, Providence, St. Joseph’s, and Purdue. Taylor is scheduled to officially visit Providence on the same weekend as Ben Bentil (October 12th). He will visit Purdue this weekend, St. Joseph’s the weekend of the 19th, and North Carolina A&T on the weekend of November 2nd. Taylor could prove to be a very underrated recruit due to his under the radar status. Providence appears to be in good position with Jacquil, but St. Joseph’s could pose a big threat to the Friars for his commitment.
2016 G/F Braxton Blackwell
Providence continues to recruit Braxton Blackwell relentlessly despite his location in Tennessee. Blackwell, who attends CPA in Tennessee, the former high school of Providence commit Jalen Lindsey, is one of the most highly rated sophomores in the entire country. Braxton had stated that Providence was recruiting him the hardest, but he has recently been contacted and visited by several high major programs including Louisville, Indiana, UNC, and Tennessee. Providence recently visited CPA for a 6am workout and continues to show that geography will be no obstacle to their relentless approach in recruiting.
2015 F Ryan Fazekas
Fazekas is a knockdown shooter from Indiana who continues to receive offers from high major programs across the country including Providence.
Other Recruiting News
2014 F Justin Johnson eliminated the Friars from his list.
2015 G Charles Matthews cut his list to ten, which did not include the Friars.
2014 F Kelan Martin appears to be down to St. Louis, Texas Tech, and Butler.