The early signing period for college basketball begins on Wednesday, November 11th and lasts until November 18th. Players have that 7 day window to lock in their pledges and bind their commitments to their schools. Providence currently has 1 player committed in the class of 2016: Maliek White. He is going to sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday with dual ceremonies happening at his school — George Wythe — and the facility of his grassroots team — River City Reign. There should be some photos and quotes from that out tomorrow.
In non-committed Providence recruiting news, it appears the Friars are the favorite of one of their big men targets in 2016. Iran Bennett told pcbb1917.com that Providence is recruiting him hardest right now and he named the Friars as his favorite at the moment. This comes on the heels of another Providence target, Darius Hicks, telling pcbb1917.com last week that the Friars are working hardest for his services. Clearly Ed Cooley and his staff are continuing to keep recruiting in their minds even as the season is less than 5 days away from tipping off against Harvard. Jeff Battle is the lead recruiter for both Bennett and Hicks. He was also the lead with White.
Bennett told pcbb1917.com that he doesn’t plan to commit and sign during this early signing period of November but said “probably next month” when asked about his timing for a commitment. Some other targets like Levi Cook and Isaiah Whaley appear to be likely spring commitments, while Hicks hasn’t given any indication of a firm timeframe. Key in figuring out which players are most serious about Providence in their recruitment will be evidenced by who visits Friartown. Whaley told pcbb1917.com last week that he is planning to take visits soon. He also got an offer from Fordham on Tuesday. The search continues for a big man in 2016 but Cooley — and especially Battle — are working the recruiting trail hard.
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