Council picks Providence
Ricky Council opted to end his recruitment on Tuesday. Council, a 6-foot-5 guard out of North Carolina, committed to Ed Cooley and Providence, according Hickory (N.C.) Moravian Prep coach Jeremy Ellis. “I think they just came in and really believed in him,” Ellis said about Providence. “They have a plan for him. They came in and saw him and his development.” Ellis said Council had over 20 Division-I scholarship offers. This season Tulsa, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Creighton and a host of others were in to see him. “I think they came in and didn’t play around with him,” Ellis said. “They came in and watched him and offered him the same day. They knew what they wanted and he fit in. He offered and coach Cooley and Bob Simon did a phenomenal job and spent some time with the parents.” “The opportunity to play with the guys they have coming back was appealing to Rick and I think the family atmosphere too,” he said. Council played high school ball at Durham (N.C.) Northern before making his way to Moravian Prep, where he gained 15 pounds of muscle prior to his post-graduate season. “He’s putting it on the floor better and he’s improved defense,” Ellis said. “He’s the best young man I’ve ever coached. My 8 year old wants to go to Providence now because Ricky is going there.” “With gaining so much strength, he’s attacking the rim,” he added. “He’s learned two foot finishes and jump stops. We are running him off ball screens in the half court.” According to Ellis, Council is shooting over 45-percent from three this season and is averaging 29 points a game. Providence now has four pledges in their 2015 class. He joins Drew Edwards, Alex Owens and Ryan Fazekas to make up their current recruiting class.