Nate Watson

Providence landed a priority target in four-star center Nate Watson

Providence got tremendous news on Saturday night when their top target on the interior, Nate Watson, pulled the trigger and picked the Friars.

Providence had a short depth chart on the interior during the 2015-16 season, and it looks like that will continue in the upcoming season, but the 2017 class is going a long way to sure up the interior for the Friars.

On Saturday night the Friars got tremendous news. After picking up high upside center Dajour Dickens during the spring, Providence landed one of the most college ready bigs in the 2017 class in Nate Watson when he was on his official visit to the school.

Watson, who is a native of the Hampton, Virginia area and now resides in Washington D.C., picked the Friars over Miami, NC State, and Maryland.

In the end for Watson it was his relationship with Providence boss Ed Cooley that made all the difference in the world.

“Coach Cooley is a great guy,” said Watson. “I had the best relationship with him compared to all of the other head coaches, and that meant a lot to me.”

Watson’s mentor, Fred Howze added, “Coach Cooley and his staff did a great job recruiting him and Nate feels very comfortable with Cooley and his plan for Nate.”

This is the second commitment for Providence in the class. Watson joins Dickens down low to give the Friars tremendous depth and athleticism on the block. Now look for Cooley and his staff to try and sure up the backcourt as they look to reload following the departures of Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil to the NBA.


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