Corey Evans of Rivals.com tweeted on Monday evening that Providence is expected to host 2017 East English Village (Detroit) guard Greg Elliott this upcoming weekend for an official visit. This news comes a week after an interview with Elliott at Landof10.com in which Elliott indicated Providence would be getting one of his three remaining official visits. Evans also reported that Elliott will visit Marquette the following weekend, which is the final weekend of the Big East regular season with all ten schools in action on that Saturday.
Providence already has two big men committed in the class of 2017 and the Friars are officially out of available scholarships for next season, but they have been chasing players like Daniel Mading, who recently committed to Texas Tech after official visits to Providence and Lubbock, and now Elliott. That seems to be a clear indication that the staff knows of at least one player on scholarship this season — besides Tom Planek — who will not return. Elliott is one of the six finalists for Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan — Friar legend LaDontae Henton finished second in the voting his senior year — and has seen his recruitment gain momentum over the last several weeks when Providence, Marquette and Michigan State started to pursue in earnest. The Spartans are the third school Elliott mentioned in that Landof10.com interview mentioned above. No date has been set for that official visit to Lansing, though Elliott said he wants Michigan State to get his final visit. One note to know is that Elliott grew up a Michigan fan.
Ed Cooley was out in Detroit on January 17th to see Elliott in person and Elliott has been hearing from both Cooley and Providence assistant Jeff Battle. Here’s more from an article I wrote after Cooley’s trip out to Elliott’s game in January:
The Friars first began tracking him in April 2016 when he began an excellent stretch of play for The Family on the Nike EYBL circuit. Elliott had averaged 9.0 points/game, 4.3 rebounds/game and 2.5 assists/game through that 6 game stretch of Sessions I and II of the 2016 EYBL regular season. He followed that up by jumping his scoring average to 11.6 points/game over the next two sessions to finish with a regular season average of 10.5 points/game in The Family’s 15 games.
Saturday’s game against Marquette will be a big one for Providence for a few reasons, not the least of which is they have never swept the Golden Eagles before. The Friars are also still in the bubble mix that could become clearer after their game at Creighton on Wednesday, but it also means there should be a full and boisterous Dunkin’ Donuts Center to show Elliott.
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