With current point guard Kris Dunn projected to be both one of the top players in college basketball this season and a first round pick in next June’s NBA Draft, Providence was in need of a player capable of helping out in that role once Dunn leaves. Sunday night Ed Cooley and his staff received a verbal commitment from a recruit talented enough to fill that role.
Maliek White, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Richmond, Virginia, announced via Twitter that he’s committed to the Big East program. White is Providence’s first verbal commitment in the class, and he’s an important addition given the eventual departure of Dunn. Also eligible to play next season is Isaiah Jackson, who’s sitting out this season after transferring in from George Mason.
White took an official visit to Providence this weekend, one week after visiting Pittsburgh and he also had a trip to Georgia Tech scheduled for mid-October. Currently attending George Wythe High School, White played for the River City Reign grassroots program this summer.
White, who can play some off the ball if need be, won’t be the only player competing for minutes at the point when he arrives on campus next year assuming that Dunn will have moved on. Sophomore Kyron Cartwright, who made eight starts a season ago, averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 assists in just under 19 minutes of action per game.
Playing with the BABC grassroots program, 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo put together a month of July that led to more than a few high-major programs looking to get involved in his recruitment. Sunday ot was reported by ESPN.com that the 6-foot-8 Marfo has trimmed his school list down to ten.
The schools still in the running for Marfo’s commitment are Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, George Washington, Rhode Island and Providence.
Marfo attends Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where he plays for head coach Jamie Sullivan. On the Nike EYBL circuit this spring/summer, Marfo averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
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Fast-rising power forward Wenyen Gabriel trims list to five
Few prospects in the Class of 2016 put together a summer on par with 6-foot-9 forward Wenyen Gabriel, who went from a player merely considering high-major programs to one receiving interest (and offers) from many of the nation’s best programs. For some prospects that change in status would result in them looking to string things out recruiting-wise, but that isn’t the case for Gabriel.
Gabriel also has visits to three of those schools planned already, as he’s expected to visit Maryland the first weekend of September (September 4-6), Kentucky from September 25-27 and Duke October 16-18. Gabriel played well throughout the spring and summer for the Mass Rivals grassroots program, with programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas offering him in July as a result.
Of the five schools on the list Providence is the only one without multiple upperclassmen in its current front court rotation, with Duke and UConn having two seniors apiece (the Huskies also have two juniors), Maryland one senior (Jake Layman) and Kentucky two juniors (Marcus Lee and Derek Willis).