The first scholarship domino has fallen and it comes in the form of redshirt junior Junior Lomomba opting not to return to Providence of his 5th and final year of eligibility. Providence sent out a release with the information on Wednesday. Lomomba came to Friartown after a season at Cleveland State and played 66 games for the Friars. He averaged 3.6 points/game and 1.9 rebounds/game in a Providence uniform. Beyond the stats, Lomomba was a good defender and provided leadership, especially last season as a captain who started all 35 games. The native of Montreal graduate in May.
“I want to thank my coaching staff and Providence College for allowing me to come in and perform on the basketball court as well as in my academics,” Lomomba said in a release sent out by Providence. “I also want to thank my teammates and all of our supporters. My three years at Providence College have been some of the best years of my life as I have seen myself grow into a man. I’ve had the opportunity to build relationships that go far beyond basketball. For those reasons I will forever be a Friar. However, as I’m graduating, I have decided to explore other opportunities that would benefit both my family and me. I am looking forward to facing new challenges in my future endeavors.”
“We want to wish Junior all the best in his future plans,” Providence Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “Junior provided so much to the program over the last three seasons. His leadership and work ethic were integral to our team’s success. We appreciate all his contributions to Friar basketball.”
This now means Providence has at least one open scholarship for the 2016-17 season, with Ben Bentil’s status still up in the air in terms of whether or not he will stay in the 2016 NBA Draft. Providence is targeting Brewster Academy wing Alpha Diallo and Orangeville Prep big man Kalif Young. Diallo visited Providence the weekend of April 8th and Young is expected to be on campus sometime in May.
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