As reported earlier in the week here, both of Providence’s 2017 recruits planned to sign their national letters of intent on the first day of the early signing period. That day has arrived and Providence has confirmed that both Dajour Dickens and Nate Watson have signed with Providence. You can see a picture of Dickens signing his NLI earlier this afternoon below. Watson will take part in a signing ceremony at his school on November 14th. Here is the release from Providence:
Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Nate Watson And Dajour Dickens Each Sign A National Letter Of Intent To Attend PC
Nov. 9, 2016
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence College men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley announced today (November 9) that student-athletes Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.) and Dajour Dickens (Hampton, Va.) each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September 2017. The two student-athletes make up a Friar recruiting class which is ranked in the top-25 by Scout.com (No. 23) and Rivals.com (No. 24).
Watson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 250-pound forward attends Bishop O’Connell High School in Washington, D.C. where he is coached by Joe Wooten. At Bishop O’Connell, he averaged 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 2016 in the very competitive Catholic League. He also played for the DC Premier AAU Team. Watson is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com. Scout (No. 63), Rivals (No. 78) and 247sports (No. 91) all have Watson ranked as a top-100 recruit.
Dickens, a 6-foot-11-inch, 215-pound center attends Bethel High School in Hampton, Va. At Bethel he is coached by Craig Brehon. He played AAU basketball for the Boo Williams progam. Dickens, who is rated as a four-star recruit by every major recruiting site, is ranked 108th nationally by Rivals.com and 136th by 247sports.com. He is rated as the seventh best center in nation, according to 247sports.com.
“We are excited to have Nate and Dajour join the Friar family next season,” Cooley said. “They bring size, strength, skill and a strong work ethic to our lineup. Both players will be key contributors and will help us as we continue to compete on a national level.”
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