Providence making statement

Things are off to a really good start for Providence with their 2014 class, and now they are looking to continue the momentum.

The Providence Friars and Ed Cooley had a solid 2013 class highlighted by Brandon Austin, but now they are working on something special. The Big East school started things off by nabbing four-star wing Jalen Lindsey, and now they have followed it up with another highly touted prospect.

Coming into this summer, Cooley and his staff had big plans. They knew the pieces were in place for them to potentially have a game changing class. Now two key commitments have happened with Lindsey and Chukwu.

Lindsey is an athletic and talented wing. While his production at times has been up and down, Lindsey possesses the ability to be a potential all-league player before it is all said and done. Providence recruited Lindsey harder than anybody, and he rewarded them with a commitment.

With Lindsey out of the way before July, that allowed Cooley and his staff to focus on others, and the biggest prospect they were after was Chukwu.

A local prospect from Fairfield (Conn) Prep, Paschal Chukwu is one of the best shot blockers in the country. At the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Chukwu impressed with not only his shot blocking, but his rebounding as well. Add in that Chukwu also runs the floor very well, and is developing some on offense, and it is clear that he is one of the better post prospects in this class.

Now Chukwu is still a bit of a work in progress, but there just aren't too many humans on the planet who are his size and can do what he is capable of. Now it is up to Cooley and his staff to develop him, and there is no reason to think that they won't.

Up next for Providence is a chance to really make a big statement. A pair of prospects, Abdul Malik Abu and Jared Terrell, will decide next week. The two teammates are from New England, and have been considering Providence heavily for a while.

If the Friars were able to land those two, no doubt they would have a top 20 class with four, four-star recruits, and it would signal that they are playing for keeps in the Big East.

Time will tell if the Friars and Cooley can complete their dream class, but even if Abu and Terrell don't go their way, the two they have started things off with give them a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail, and show that the Friars will feature a very talented roster for years to come.

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