Providence lost out on Makai Ashton-Langford the first go-round when the Worcester native committed to UConn and Kevin Ollie in September. This time Ed Cooley closed the deal and got a commitment from Ashton-Langford shortly after he was on campus for an official visit. Cooley built up a great relationship with both the player and the parents when chasing the Mass Rivals point guard the last several years and it appears that relationship was the key to Providence securing the services of the top-35 player. Ashton-Langford took an official visit starting April 7th after Cooley went up to Brewster Academy to meet with him on the first day coaches could be back on the road recruiting after the Final Four dead period.
After the Huskies let go of Ashton-Langford’s lead recruiter in long-time assistant Glen Miller, the talented lead guard re-opened his recruitment and got his release. Ashton-Langford spent his final high school season leading Brewster Academy to a 33-0 record, a NEPSAC AAA Championship and a National Prep Championship. Prior to finishing up at Brewster, Ashton-Langford spent two seasons at Cushing Academy in NEPSAC Class AA. He began his high school career at St. Peter-Marian in Worcester as a member of the Class of 2016 before re-classifying to 2017 when he arrived at Cushing. On the grassroots front, Ashton-Langford was a key piece for Mass Rivals 21-0 month of July that was capped off by winning the 2016 adidas Uprising Las Vegas Summer Championship. That means that Ashton-Langford’s teams are 54-0 in his last 54 games.
Landing a player of Ashton-Langford’s caliber bolsters Providence’s incoming recruiting class which was already strong. Nate Watson is ranked 89th in the class of 2017 by 247Sports’ Composite National Ranking and Dajour Dickens ranks 139th there. Ashton-Langford currently ranks 32nd. Providence’s 2017 recruiting class is also now ranked 14th nationally by 247Sports. The only Big East team with a better ranked recruiting class is Xavier who has the 9th best class. Ashton-Langford is the highest ranked point guard commit for Providence since Kris Dunn who was ranked 16th in the class of 2002.
Ashton-Langford will take one of two available scholarships for next season that came available after Ryan Fazekas and Ricky Council II opted to transfer. The Friars are expected to explore all avenues to fill the other vacant scholarship. There is a very strong possibility that Cooley will look to add another sit-out transfer like he has done recently with the likes of Isaiah Jackson and Junior Lomomba.
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