Providence hosted 2017 Daniel Mading last week from Wednesday through Friday for an official visit. Mading is a one-time Arizona State commit who re-opened his recruitment in June of 2016. Providence was one of the first schools to contact him after that and the Friars hosted him for his first of five available official visits last week. Mading is also scheduled to take an official visit to Texas Tech this upcoming weekend. Mading’s AAU coach and trainer, Brandon Howell, told pcbb1917.com that “Daniel had a great visit to Providence College.”
Howell, who is a coach with Washington DC-based Team Belief on the adidas circuit also mentioned that Mading “enjoyed the game vs Villanova” and “he was able to see how Providence’s pro-style offensive sets worked in an intense game setting.” Providence did ultimately lose that game to then 4th-ranked Villanova but the atmosphere at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was one of the best of the season and Mading took in the game from directly behind Providence’s bench. In addition to the atmosphere at the game leaving Mading with good vibes, Ed Cooley “left a great impression on [Mading],” according to Howell. Cooley didn’t just use his personality to charm Mading. Howell told pcbb1917.com that Cooley “broke down during film session on how Daniel would be utilized, the shots he would get over the course of a game and the opportunity would be his to have as long as his mindset is set to work hard, get better and buy into the system.”
Cooley also stressed what it means to be a Providence Friar when he “talked [to Mading] about the expectations of putting on a Providence jersey,” Howell said. Away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, “Daniel had the opportunity to see Coach Cooley off the court as a family man and a man who cares about his players and takes the time out to reach out to all just to see how their days are going, which is important to Daniel,” Howell mentioned.
For more on Mading, here’s what I wrote about him last week ahead of his official visit beginning:
Mading is a 6’10 native of Sudan and cousin of Milwaukee Buck Thon Maker. Mading came to the US from Australia in the summer of 2014 and originally enrolled at The Rock School in Gainesville, FL. He played out his sophomore year there and then moved on to St. Anthony to be coached by Bob Hurley, Sr. at the Jersey City, NJ basketball powerhouse. Mading committed to Hurley’s son, Bobby Hurley, and Arizona State in December 2015 before opting to re-open his recruitment this past June. At the time of his commitment, Mading was ranked 61st in the class of 2017 by Scout.com.
An NJSIAA age restriction forced Mading to move back to The Rock School for his senior season after he was not given a waiver. He turned 19 on August 20th and the cut-off for the NJSIAA is September 1st. Mading projects as a stretch-4 in college and he may even have the ability to play some on the wing. His Team Belief AAU coach and trainer Brandon Howell told Zagsblog.com that Mading’s “potential is scary.” Howell continued, “he’s long and athletic with length to disrupt opponents on the offensive end…[and] has improved his handles tremendously.”
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