- The Providence staff was down in Nashville on Tuesday night, along with a few other high majors, to check in on Braxton Blackwell (2016) who plays for CPA which is Jalen Lindsey’s old squad. CPA won the game PC attended, the region semifinals, and Blackwell scored 31 points. On Wednesday night, they played the 6-AA region finals and won to improve to 32-2 on the season. Blackwell scored 15 points in the win and was named the All-Region MVP. The 6’8 215 lbs (SF) 17th ranked player in the class of 2016 according to ESPN holds offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana (attended Hoosier Hysteria this year), LSU, Memphis, Mississippi St, N.C. State, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt (his HS coach played there), Virginia and Virginia Tech. He also has interest from Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina. This would be the most impressive get if Cooley could somehow pull this off. He is a consensus top 30 player in the class of 2016 and has no ties to Rhode Island like Jalen Lindsey so getting him from Nashville to Providence would be a huge coup. So far he has visited Louisville (1/2/13 coincidentally when they played PC), Vanderbilt (9/4/13, 2/5/14), Memphis (9/20/13), Indiana (10/4/13 for Hoosier Hysteria) and Auburn (11/30/13).
- The NEPSAC playoffs started on Wednesday and there are a lot of PC recruiting targets taking part in the action. Click here to see the names from Wednesday’s post. For results of Wednesday’s game click this link to the NERR.
- Paschal Chukwu and the Fairfield Prep Stags finished the regular season undefeated (20-0) after winning at home against Hamden last Saturday night. It was Senior Night for Prep and Chuwku went for 21 points in the win. The next step will be the playoffs starting tomorrow morning 11am at Branford HS against Notre Dame-West Haven. Fairfield Prep handled ND-WH both times they met during the regular season by 15 and 16 points respectively. In national recruiting news, ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein lists Chukwu as one of his “Five Prospects Who Project Long Term”. He had this to say:
Chukwu is going to have an opportunity to play immediate minutes next year. He’ll block some shots and discourage some more, but there will be an undeniable learning curve as he strengthens his body, develops his offensive game and learns to play through contact against a far greater level of competition than he has experienced. However, give him the benefit of a Big East weight room and Ed Cooley’s tutelage for a couple of years, and he has the potential to develop into a force inside the pain. He has a combination of size and agility that just can’t be taught, along with a naturally soft touch, and passer’s instinct — not to mention his shot-blocking ability.
- JaQuan Lyle visited Oklahoma State last weekend and then was at Kansas Tuesday and Wednesday. He still has a visit set up at Memphis March 7th. It is looking more and more like PC needs to turn their attention to other guard targets in 2014 as Lyle is likely slipping away. He plans to make his decision while he is home with his family for Spring Break from March 15th-23rd.
- There has been no official word on whether Devonte’ Graham (#FreeDTae) will get his release but Appalachian State improved to 9-19 with a win on the road at Samford last night. Rumors are still out there that the release will happen in April but there are also rumors that it could happen sooner if the App State coaching staff gets fired after the Southern Conference tournament which starts next Friday, March 7th.