FRIARS SECURE COMMITMENT FROM 2006 GUARD

The Friars hosted an unofficial visit on Thursday, April 21st, and received an unexpected verbal commitment from one of the top local guards in the Class of 2006.

One of the quickly rising prospects in the Class of 2006 is a point guard by the name of Corey Lowe. A 6'1 1/2, 175 pound point guard from Newton North, Massachusetts, Lowe paid an unofficial visit to Providence on Thursday, April 21st, and gave a verbal commitment to the Friars after touring the campus. A high school teammate of Anthony Gurley, a high major prospect that the Friars are also keeping in contact with, Lowe is making a name for himself.

While not as well known as Gurley, Lowe is a better outside shooter and has done a great job running the point for Newton. Part of Lowe flying a bit under the radar comes from his playing for Middlesex Magic in AAU ball, while Gurley plays for the better known BABC team.

Together at Newton, Lowe and Gurley led the school to the Massachusetts state title, and a 23-1 record. Lowe averaged 19 points per game and has a 3.3 grade point average.

"Coach (Welsh) offered me a scholarship and I took it," Lowe told the Providence Journal. The Friars had been keeping close tabs on Lowe over the past season and the chance to secure an early commitment from him gives PC a huge jump on the 2006 recruiting season.

Lowe first came to Friar Insider's attention at JamFest, held at PC a few weeks ago. At JamFest, Lowe showed that he was a tough, hardnosed player who can get in the gaps and drain midrange pops as well as three pointers. His Middlesex team won it's game when he drove the lane with seconds left, dished to a wide open teammate on the baseline and the kid knocked down the shot.

Boston University, Boston College, Syracuse, Northeastern and North Carolina State were some of the early suitors.

The Friars currently have one scholarship to give. They could award it to a 2005 player, like Saiquan Stone, or hold it for next season, so as to give themselves a second scholarship for the 2006 class. Originally, with only Donnie McGrath as a senior, PC had only one scholarship to give for 2006, but speculation is now that they will hold it, as they continue to work the 2006 class, and also keep an eye out for possible transfers.

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