The Providence Friars offered their 3rd player in the 2020 Class this past weekend, New Jersey guard Niels Lane. Lane is a 6’3” guard who plays for the Hun School and with Team Final on the Nike AAU circuit.
Per a source, Providence has offered Hun School (N.J.)/@TeamFinalHoops 2020 SF Niels Lane.
— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) November 3, 2017
Although Lane is currently unranked in the 2020 class, it looks like he’s about to skyrocket up the rankings any second now. Lane took unofficial visits over last weekend to Providence and UConn and picked up offers from both schools while he was on campus. Lafayette was previously the only school that had offered lane, but I foresee a flood of schools that are about to jump onboard with the athletic guard. Lane does have interest from Columbia, Temple, and Villanova per 247Sports.com, and I wouldn’t be surprised if those coaches come calling with offers pretty soon after PC and UConn got things started.
Lane looks like the exact type of guard that Ed Cooley and the Friars LOVE. He has the same game style as Kris Dunn, Makai Ashton-Langford, and recent commit David Duke with a long, athletic frame and the ability to play well above the rim. And everything starts with his defense.
— Niels Lane (@RealNielsL) November 1, 2017
The fact that he included Assistant Coach Jeff Battle in his announcement while being offered by Providence College shows his character and his emphasis on personal relationships with the coaching staff that he will eventually be working with. The other great thing is that he included a picture of Kris Dunn with Ed Cooley with his announcement.
— Niels Lane (@RealNielsL) November 3, 2017
Lane is not the first recruit to include a picture of Dunn when announcing an offer, visit, or commitment to the Friars. That’s the difference a big-time recruit can make for your school. Young guys recognize your school from watching a guy like Kris Dunn play on TV and in the NBA.
How about some highlights?
Just like Dunn and Duke, Lane is a terror on the defensive end. Hell, there were probably as many steals as dunks in this highlight video. He’s long and has active hands that leads straight to breakouts. He is already able to finish extremely well with both hands and just going from one game to the next in the highlight video, he already looks like he’s grown leaps and bounds both in size and as a player overall. I’m excited to see this kid keep on developing, his ceiling looks way up there.
I’m just going to make a suggestion for a year or two down the road when Niels announces where he is committing to play college ball. It may be corny and stupid as hell but I think it would be pretty funny and definitely a little unique. He should have the ring of the team that he is committing to in a Neil(s) Lane run box…kind like they do on the Bachelor.
That one’s free.