Following the graduation of Bryce Cotton, the Friars have focused their attention on strengthening their backcourt this spring, in particular the point guard spot. Several talented targets emerged, but PC came up empty on each. Devonte Graham picked Kansas, Matt Carlino chose to spend his 5th year at Marquette, and Larry Austin also chose a Big East rival in Xavier.
The backcourt needs were exacerbated last week with the surprising announcement that junior-to-be Josh Fortune was transferring. This has left the Friars with only three true guards on the roster – Kris Dunn, sophomore transfer Junior Lomomba, and freshman point guard Kyron Cartwright. This past week has brought about the possibility of Ted Bancroft receiving a 5th year due to a medical redshirt, but the backcourt could see one, if not two, further additions.
One recruit that has been linked with PC recently is point guard Tramaine Isabell from Garfield High in Seattle, WA. The 6'1" Isabell had signed with Washington State in the fall, but asked for and was granted a release after the coaching change there. ScoutFriars caught up with Isabell to get an overview of his game and an update on his recruitment.
ScoutFriars: You're going to visit Providence, Missouri, and Auburn, I read. Any favorites, or are they all about even right now?
Isabell: Auburn is out. And right now I'm kind of stuck between Missouri and Providence! Both great schools and programs.
ScoutFriars: What interests you in Providence?
Isabell: I'm interested in Providence because they have a good opportunity there, especially losing a point guard like Bryce Cotton, there's a lot of minutes.
ScoutFriars: Is distance from home a factor?
Isabell: Distance from home isn't an issue at all.
ScoutFriars: With the dead period ending, do you have visits set for Providence and Mizzou?
Isabell: I have not set an exact date. But we have some tentative dates as of now.
ScoutFriars: When do you plan to make a decision?
Isabell: Decision will be made in the next couple to three weeks.
ScoutFriars: What would you say are your biggest strengths, and areas to improve?
Isabell: Strengths: score, dribble, defense, run a team. Weaknesses: being more vocal, and I want to get a better vertical and bulk up some more.
2014 Recruit Updates:
Antoine Mason: Jon Rothstein tweeted on May 29 that PC, BC, and Auburn are in the mix for Niagara transfer Antoine Mason, according to a source at CBS Sports. Though Mason later tweeted that he has not cut down his list yet.
Naadir Tharpe: Jeff Borzello tweeted on May 27 that, according to sources, PC and UMass are both in pursuit of Kansas transfer point guard Naadir Tharpe, with playing overseas also an option.
Armel Potter: 6'1" point guard from Sprayberry High School in Kennesaw, GA, decommitted from Florida Atlantic. Reportedly receiving interest from PC, with offers from Georgia Southern, Ball State, Niagara, Tennessee Tech, and North Florida.
Ben Bentil (signed): Played in Mary Kline Classic on Saturday May 31 and scored 9 points. Jon Rothstein tweeted that Bentil could go into a college game right now and have an impact. Excellent program guy for Ed Cooley and Providence.
2015 Recruit Updates:
Steve Enoch: The 6'9" power forward from Norwalk High (Conn) had a big weekend at the Pangos All American camp, being named to the Top 30 game. PC has reportedly shown interest. His recruitment is likely to continue to take off.
Kealan Ives: Putnam Science Academy twitter (@psahoops) indicated that point guard Kealan Ives, a Providence native, is now receiving interest from Ed Cooley and staff.
Kaiser Gates: 6'8" forward from Norcross, GA, holding an offer from PC, was named MVP of the Cream of the Crop Top 60 game at the Pangos All American camp.
Justin Jenifer: 5'10" PG from Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, MD, was named to the Top 60 game at the Pangos All American camp. He has said that Providence is in his top three.
Malik Beasley: 6'4" SG from St. Francis School in Alpharetta, GA, holds an offer from PC. He was named to the Top 30 game at the Pangos All American camp.
Isaiah Briscoe: 6'3" PG from Roselle Catholic in Newark, NJ, was named to the Top 30 game at the Pangos All American camp. He reportedly scored 20 pts with 10 assists in the game. Louisville, Arizona, UConn, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and St. John's are recruiting him the hardest according to a recent Zagsblog article.
Donovan Mitchell: PC's top target scored 16 points at the Mary Kline Classic Underclassmen game. Adam Zagoria reported he will commit around September.
Recruiting Wrap: Tremaine Isabell
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