Providence Expresses Interest in 2015 Point Guard

Providence assistant coach Brian Blaney was in attendance at Western New England University for day 2 of the BasketBull Hoop Fest watching Providence target Wenyen Gabriel and his Wilbraham & Monson squad take on IMG Academy. IMG Academy won the game, 79-74, behind 33 points from 2015 point guard Tobias Howard. Howard’s performance impressed Blaney enough that the Friar assistant told the Georgia native he would be in touch.

Howard told me he currently has offers from Gardner Webb, Kennesaw St, Miami (OH), Northeastern and UT-Martin. So far he has visited Miami (OH) and plans to take an unofficial visit to Murray State on December 30th. The 6’0 lead guard runs with Stackhouse Elite on the grassroots circuit which is a team founded and coached by former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse.

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Game Notes & Preview: Providence (8-3) vs. UMass (6-4) 12/20/14

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI

When: 1:00PM

How: CBS Sports Network (John Sadak & Steve Lappas)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV

Game Notes

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Opening Line: Providence -5.5 vs. UMass 12/20/14

Providence enters Saturday’s tilt against UMass having lost the last 2 games to the Minutemen in dramatic fashion by 1 point. Vegas is giving the Friars a little bit of breathing room with the line opening with the Friars favored by 5.5 points at home. Kenpom.com predicts the final score to be 75-70.

UPDATE 2:15PM 12/19: Line moved down to Providence -4

Recent Trends (via OddsShark)

  • Providence is 4-3-3 ATS
  • UMass is 7-3 ATS
  • Providence is 2-2-2 ATS at home
  • UMass is 1-1 ATS on the road

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How Are The Recruits Playing? Alex Owens

After giving an update on Drew Edwards of Calvert Hall and Ryan Fazekas of Marquette Catholic next up is an update on the final member of Providence’s committed class of 2015, Alex Owens. Owens plays for coach Alex Jackson at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, FL making him the recruit who will have to travel the furthest to attend Providence college in this class at over 1,200 miles. Fazekas isn’t too far off with over 900 miles between Michigan City, IN and Providence, RI though. He also plays for Each 1 Teach 1 on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Last season Oak Ridge went 19-10 and lost to eventual State Champion, Winter Park, in the Region 8A-2 semifinals. The Pioneers are off to a 10-2 start to this season and coach Jackson called Owens “a key contributor” to the team’s early season success.

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