Ed Cooley and Providence got great news on April 10th when Makai Ashton-Langford called the Friar head coach from his dorm room at Brewster Academy to commit after getting his release from UConn nearly two weeks prior. Ashton-Langford cannot sign a second National Letter of Intent because NLI rules prohibit an athlete from signing more than one per calendar year. Instead, Ashton-Langford signed a grant-in-aid package with Providence. Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith tweeted that Ashton-Langford signed his scholarship paperwork on Wednesday making his commitment to Providence official.
Providence announced the signing officially on April 13th with a release outlining all of Ashton-Langford’s accomplishments and honors. “We are excited to have Makai coming to join the Friar family,” Cooley said in that release. “He consistently has won throughout his career and we believe he can help us continue the success that we have built at Providence. He will join a talented and deep roster next season. Makai will add to our strong rotation of guards in 2017-18.”
Providence’s 2017 recruiting class is currently ranked 14th by 247Sports. Ashton-Langford headlines the class with his rank of 32nd nationally while Nate Watson cracked the Top 100 at 247Sports’ Composite National Ranking, coming in at 89th. Dajour Dickens ranks 139th. The Friars class ranks 2nd in the Big East behind Xavier. The Musketeers incoming class is ranked 9th nationally.
Providence still has one open scholarship for next season and the Friars are exploring all possible avenues to fill that scholarship. Sentiment around the program is that they would love to add a sit-out transfer. If they don’t find someone they love on the transfer market they could hold the scholarship open for the 2018 class. The other possibility is that Cooley gives the scholarship back to rising senior Tom Planek. Planek was a walk-on his first two seasons at Providence and was put on scholarship for the 2016-17 season.
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