August Recruiting Round-up

Midway through August, with the July camps and PC’s Elite Camp out of the way, the recruiting picture for Providence has taken on a clearer focus.

What follows are brief, capsule looks at the players who Providence appears to be focusing on and players that the Friars seem to have the best shots with.

2016 Recruit Updates:

The hot six

Wenyen Gabriel: 6’9” F. Wilbraham, MA (Wilbraham and Monson Academy) – One of the biggest stock risers of the July live period, Gabriel could soon find himself in the top 25 nationally. He has been offered by Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, and most other high major programs. Gabriel cut his list to 5 on August 12 – PC, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, and UConn. He’ll visit Maryland on September 4, Kentucky on September 25, and Duke on October 16.

J.J. Matthews: 6’8” PF. Midlothian, VA (Millwood School). A 3 star prospect, Matthews had a strong spring and summer playing for the River City Reign. A Rivals.com article described him as “a hard working and tough power forward” who “is very good around the rim, scores with good footwork, and rebounds his position well”. Matthews cut his list to 6 schools on August 10 – PC, Temple, Murray State, Towson, James Madison, and Old Dominion. He also reportedly had offers from URI, St. Joseph’s, and Kent State among others. He’s expected to visit Towson the final weekend of August, Murray State the second weekend in September, and PC in early October.

Quentin Jackson: 6’3 PG. Martinsville, VA (Carlisle School). Jackson, who has been a hot prospect this summer, is a playmaking point guard who can score it and get his teammates involved. Recently offered by PC, he also has offers from Iowa St, Tulane, Temple, LSU, Mississippi St, Mississippi, and Charlotte. He trimmed his list to 5 on August 11 – PC, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Charlotte, and Lehigh. He’s expected to visit PC in September. A recent tweet indicated that it was likely between PC, Cincinnati and Charlotte for Jackson.

Kevin Marfo: 6’8” PF. Worcester, MA (Worcester Academy) – A skilled power forward, Marfo had a successful summer playing for BABC and added several high major offers. He was offered by PC on August 3. Marfo trimmed his list to 10 schools on August 16 - Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, St Joe's, DePaul, George Washington, URI and Providence Marfo plans on taking visits in September.

Sedee Keita: 6’10” C. Greenville, SC (22 Feet Academy). A top 100 recruit, Keita holds offers from many high major schools. In June, Keita listed Florida, LSU, Kansas, Syracuse, Xavier, Clemson and South Carolina. He is transferring to Putnam Science Academy (CT) this fall. Keita attended PC’s Elite Camp on August 8 and PC showed great interest..

Shamorie Ponds: 6’0” CG. Brooklyn, NY (Thomas Jefferson) – A consensus 4 star, top 50-100 recruit, Ponds cut his list to 4 on August 2 – PC, St. John’s, Minnesota, and Creighton. He will visit St. John’s officially Aug. 28-30, Providence Sept. 11-13 and then Minnesota Sept. 18-20. He has already visited Creighton. St. John’s and Minnesota are rumored to lead.

The dark horses

Chris Baldwin: 6’7” PF. Fitchburg, MA (Notre Dame Prep). Baldwin played well for Mass Rivals during the July live period. He holds offers from West Virginia, Temple, LaSalle, and UMass. I don’t believe PC has offered.

Maliek White: 6’2” CG. Richmond, VA (George Wythe). A teammate of JJ Matthews for the River City Reign, White was described by Rivals.com as “a tough competitor” who “can shoot it a bit from deep, attacks off the dribble, is a sneaky athlete and is 100 percent competitor on the floor”. White was named a Breakout Performer by Scout.com for the 2nd July Evaluation period. White has been offered by PC and reportedly by schools including Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston College, VCU, and UMass.

Jordy Tshimanga: 6’10” C. Springfield, MA (Macduffie School). Tshimanga, a strong and aggressive big man who cleans the glass well, he reportedly has schools like PC, Creighton, Boston College, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and TCU involved in his recruitment.

Mike Layssard: 6’9” C. Dallas, TX (Lancaster). PC has recently offered Layssard. Other offers include Wake Forest, SMU, and Texas Tech, and Memphis.

Bruce Brown: 6’4” SG. Saxton’s River, VT (Vermont Academy). PC has offered. Brown will take official visits to Indiana and Georgetown in September. Also in the mix are Boston College, Michigan, Arizona, and Texas. Indiana may lead.

Bamba Ndiaye: 6’10” C. Gainesville, FL (Rock HS). Described as a big man who blocks shots, rebounds, and runs the floor, Ndiaye received an offer from PC during the July live period.

Nate Knight: 6’8” PF. Syracuse, NY (Kimball Union Academy). An active big man whose stock rose over the July live period, Knight attended PC’s Elite Camp on August 8. He started camps this summer as a relative unknown, but hoopgroup.com noted he has picked up 27 offers, including Temple, James Madison, Robert Morris, William & Mary and Drexel.

Breein Tyree: 6’2” PG. Metuchen, NJ (St. Joseph’s). Offered by PC during the July live period, Tyree also has USC, Kansas State, UMass, Northwestern, Creighton, Iowa St, and Rutgers involved.

Chuba Ohams: 6’7” SF. New York, NY (Putnam Science Academy). Ohams, who shot up 7 inches in the past year, has seen his recruitment shoot up as well. A wing with the handle of a guard, his shot and overall game have made great strides. He holds offers from PC, DePaul, VCU, Fordham, URI, and UMass, among others. Ohams attended PC’s Elite Camp on August 8.

Donovan Love: 6’1” PG. Providence, RI (New Hampton School). Ranked 31st in New England’s class of 2016 by New England Recruiting Report, Love attended PC’s Elite Camp on August 8.


2017 Recruit Updates:

Tomas Murphy: 6’8” PF. Wakefield, RI (Northfield - Mount Hermon School). Murphy, who holds an offer from PC, was impressive at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp in July. He averaged 13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and shot 55.6% from the field. New England Recruiting Report ranked him as the #6 recruit in New England in the 2017 class. He also has offers from from URI, Northeastern, Northwestern, Iowa and Maryland.

Samuel Japhet-Mathias: 6’11” C. Saxton’s River, VT (Vermont Academy). Japhet-Mathias , who spent last season at Vermont Academy, is transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. Along with PC, he has offers from California, Seton Hall, Dayton, Oregon, UConn and others. A top 100 big man from London, he’s expected to be one of the more highly sought after big men in his class. There are unconfirmed rumors that he may reclassify to 2016.

Makai Ashton-Langford: 6’1” PG. Ashburnham, MA (Cushing Academy). A top 50 recruit nationally, Ashton-Langford is among the top prospects in New England. He had an impressive July, playing well against top 2016 point guards Payton Pritchard and Dennis Smith, Jr. PC has offered, as well as Boston College, Creighton, and UConn most recently.

Wabissa Bede: 5’11” PG. North Andover, MA (Cushing Academy). Bede picked up his first high major offer in July from PC. He was a big stock riser this July, being named MVP at the Hoop Group Elite Camp and impressing with his point guard skills. Bede attended PC’s Elite Camp on August 8.

Tremont Waters: 5’10” PG. South Kent, CT (South Kent School). A top 50 recruit, Waters is considered the best point guard and one of the top players in New England in his class. Scout.com listed him as one of the most underrated players from the July live period. Competition will be stiff for Waters, with UConn, Purdue, St. John’s, Stanford, and Wake Forest having already offered.

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