Labor Day Weekend Providence Basketball Update

The Labor Day Weekend is a time for people to hit the beach or lake or [insert other fun summer activity here] one last time before saying goodbye to summer and hello to the school year. The students are back on campus in Friartown after a weekend that is meant to be relaxing and slow-paced, but there was plenty of Providence hoops news that broke over the last few days before the start of classes.

On Thursday, Jon Rothstein of reported that Providence will join Indiana, Virginia Tech and Washington in the 2017 2K Sports Classic to be held at Madison Square Garden in November 2017. The 2016 event features fellow Big East member Marquette, along with Michigan, Pittsburgh and SMU. The format is one that will be familiar to Friar fans who have experienced this same style of tournament over the last few years. Providence will play two games at home against lesser opponents and then head to NYC for bracketed play against one of the three other headlining teams. The other four schools not heading to MSG will also have bracketed play elsewhere, with the 2016 version being played in Indianapolis.

The Friars will play in a similar tournament this season with games at home against Grambling and St. Francis (NY) before taking on Memphis and either Iowa or Virginia in bracketed play in Destin, FL for the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic.

The other big news broke on Labor Day when 2017 Makai Ashton-Langford committed to UConn after taking his official visit to the Storrs campus over the weekend. The Worcester, MA native was down to the Huskies and Friars and was scheduled to take an official visit to Providence on September 17th before stopping at the Rhode Island campus for an unofficial visit on August 31st.

The next focus for Cooley will be on 2017 power forward Nate Watson. Watson is scheduled to take an official visit to Providence this upcoming weekend. Watson, recently ranked 63rd in’s latest 2017 player rankings, already visited NC State and plans to visit Maryland the weekend of September 30th and Miami the weekend of October 7th. A source close to Watson told ahead of his visit to NC State that the big man plans to take all 4 of his official visits before deciding on a school.

Next up on Providence’s big board for 2017 recruits appears to be power forward Victor Enoh who has a top-4 and will visit Providence September 16th-18th, his high school coach told on Thursday. It’s clear that Providence wants to bring in another big body to go along with center Dajour Dickens who committed to Providence in February. Enoh will also take visits to Arkansas, Oregon State and Vanderbilt.

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