Zach Auguste Talks PC, Recruiting

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Zach Auguste of New Hampton (NH) is one of the main players in the class of 2012 that the Providence coaching staff is focusing its attention on. While at the Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals with the Albany City Rocks, Auguste talked with about his interest in Providence and his recruitment as a whole.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward listed offers from Washington State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Notre Dame, DePaul, Oregon State, Wake Forest, Rice, Providence, Boston College, and UMass.

Auguste said he is also receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Kansas, Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn. He does not claim any favorites in his recruitment at this point in time.

"I've been to UConn, UMass, BC and Providence," Auguste said of the visits he has taken thus far, noting that he has no others planned right now.

Asked whether he has a commitment timetable, Auguste replied, "I'll definitely commit before or in the beginning of the season."

Auguste said that he would "probably say Providence" is the school coming after him the hardest and explained why that is.

"The coaching staff has really been on me and making me feel like that's the right school, but I'm still not sure," Auguste said. "They show a lot of support."

Auguste also said that PC head coach Ed Cooley had been at all of his games on the first two days of Peach Jam. In addition, he noted that a Friars assistant was at each of his games at the tournament in Springfield, Mass. he was at before coming to the Palmetto State.

The long, active frontcourt player talked about some of the things he likes about the Big East program.

"The coaching staff, they make you feel welcome," Auguste said. "They got a great campus and they have basketball."

Auguste, who reclassified to 2012 after his junior year, is a native of Marlborough, Mass., which is about one hour and 45 minutes to two hours from Providence College.

"Real good guy," Auguste said of his thoughts on Ed Cooley. "Probably one of the realest coaches I met so far and he bases his recruiting on friendship."

While he has been speaking with Cooley, Auguste said it is one of the PC assistants he has been in touch with the most.

"I've been in contact with all of them, but I'd have to say [I talked to] coach [Brian] Blaney [the most]," Auguste said.

Considering that he sees himself as a face-up four man, it does make sense that Auguste said he compares his game somewhat to that of NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.

Auguste listed running the floor as his main strength on the floor and said that dribbling is his chief weakness.

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