Duke Mondy Selects Providence

Michigan guard Duke Mondy talks to ScoutFriars.com about why Providence is his school of choice, in an exclusive interview.

After a high school transfer caused him to miss his entire sophomore season, Duke Mondy was someone who was considered somewhat of a sleeper in the class of 2009.

However, the Providence coaching staff didn't sleep on the sharp shooting combo guard. While originally pegged as a mid-major prospect, the 6'3" left handed combo guard from Grand Rapids Catholic Central has seen his stock rise recently playing for the Michigan Mustangs, to the extent that some high major programs like Virginia had begun to take notice. Providence was ahead of others in recruiting Mondy, and they were rewarded with a verbal on Sunday.

Aside from the interest from Providence, Mondy had an offer from Central Michigan, and was also receiving interest from Drake, Western Michigan, Ohio, and Oakland. However, after a weekend visit to the campus of Providence College, Mondy was content to end the recruiting process and commit to Keno Davis and the Providence Friars. Providence had been monitoring Mondy's progress for some time.

"Coach Keno and Chris Davis have been recruiting me since they were at Drake, so I was pretty comfortable with them. I toured the campus at Providence, saw all the new facilities, and met the team. I liked everything that I saw, and I really like how the fans are really into the program and support the team." stated Mondy.

Providence Assistant Coach Chris Davis also deserves some credit for recruiting Duke Mondy to Providence. Davis has been recruiting the Detroit area for many years, and arranged Mondy's visit to the campus, along with 6"8' Detroit Community High big man James Still, who is also strongly considering the Friars. Still, who is planning on making two more official visits (including Baylor), played with Mondy on the Michigan Hurricanes 15 under team.

Duke Mondy shows good athleticism and has an good stroke from three point range. He was rated as the best shooting guard in the state of Michigan in the 2009 class by InsidePrepSports.net, but has split time at point on both his high school team and his Michigan Mustangs AAU program. At Grand Rapid Catholic Central, Mondy has already broken the school record for steals, and Mondy sees big things for his team this season.

"We have a very good team coming back this season, and I really think that our team can challenge for the Class B State Championship in Michigan."

While Mondy has chosen to play his college ball away from his native Michigan, he likes the fact that the Big East now has programs in the Midwest, and Mondy already knows some players from his area that will be playing for other Big East programs.

"I know some players from AAU that are going to Big East schools like DaShonte Riley, who's going Georgetown, and Joe Dumars who is going to be at South Florida; so it should pretty interesting next year."

Mondy feels that he can play the point at the college level, and has split time at that position and the off guard spot due to his scoring ability and size. It is clear Duke Mondy is very comfortable with the Providence staff, and Mondy feels he will fit right in wearing Friar uniform.

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