Friar Friday News & Notes with a LaDontae Henton Update

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week.

LaDontae Henton to Sign with LA Clippers

Friar legend LaDontae Henton will sign a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days.com.

An Exhibit 10 clause basically means the contract can be converted into a Two-Way contract that would allow Henton to move been the NBA club and their G-League affiliate with a maximum of 45 days being spent in the NBA in the 2017-18 season. If the Exhibit 10 clause is exercised and Henton’s contract becomes a Two-Way contract he could make up to $279,000 this season between the Agua Caliente Clippers and the big club in LA. Interestingly, Henton will be with the Clippers via a rights trade between the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Agua Caliente Clippers and the Maine Red Claws with former teammate Bryce Cotton’s rights going to Maine in the deal. Cotton is heading back to Australia, however, at the end of the month for another season with the Perth Wildcats to defend their title. 

Henton will be coming off a second stint with the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association for the Governors’ Cup. Through 5 games with the Aces in the 2017 Governors’ Cup, Henton is averaging 32.8 points/game and 11.2 rebounds/game while playing 40.1 minutes/game. Henton’s other NBA experience came in 2015 when he played Summer League with the Golden State Warriors and a subsequent run in the then NBA D-League (now called the NBA G-League) with the Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate of Golden State. Henton has also played professionally in Spain since graduating from Providence.

 

Two Officials Visits to Friartown Next Week

2018 shooting guard Noah Locke took his first of five planned official visits this past week when he tripped to Ohio State. Locke’s next visit will begin on August 31st in Friartown with 3 others visits planned (9/9 at Xavier, 9/16 at Michigan, 9/30 at Florida). Providence will also host another 2018 recruit for an official visit next week with South Carolina native Jimmy Nichols tripping to campus for the first of his 3 planned visits (

Providence Recruiting News from the Projo

Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal penned two articles this week involving Providence’s recruiting efforts. The first focused on local target David Duke and how Ed Cooley and staff have worked hard to keep the Elmhurst native home. Duke played in a charity game a few nights ago. Here are some highlights:

The other article discusses recent 2018 commit Kris Monroe in which Monroe credits former Friar and current Chicago Bull Kris Dunn with putting Providence on his radar. Monroe plans to visit Providence in September. 

Both articles are well worth your time. 

Dunn, Bentil Working Out On Campus

Speaking of Dunn, both he and Ben Bentil were back on campus this past week working out for the upcoming NBA season. 

Providence Targets New ESPN Rankings

ESPN.com updated their 2018 and 2019 recruit rankings this week and a number of Providence recruiting targets made the 2018 Top 100 and 2019 Top 60. Here is where some names connected to Providence ended up being ranked by ESPN:

2018
  • #37 – Khavon Moore
  • #53 – AJ Reeves
  • #54 – David Duke
  • #61 – Darius Days
  • #64 – Noah Locke
2019
  • #4 – Chol Marial
  • #13 – Joey Baker
  • #14 – Jalen Lecque
  • #20 – Balsa Koprivica
  • #24 – Armando Bacot
  • #26 – Isaiah Stewart
  • #34 – Kofi Cockburn
  • #35 – Josh Nickelberry
  • #59 – Akok Akok

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