The Providence Friars offered 2020 point guard Andre Curbelo last Wednesday March 27th. Coach Cooley is looking to replenish their lead guard duties with their upcoming classes following the departure of Makai Ashton-Langford to the transfer portal and the impending graduations of Maliek White and incoming transfer Luwane Pipkins next Spring. There is going to be some openings and opportunities at point guard for the Friars in the 20-21 basketball season.
Curbelo, a 6’1 guard from Puerto Rico, plays his high school ball at the basketball juggernaut Long Island Lutheran, most recently winning this year’s NY State Class AA Federation Championship.
Curbelo is the type of traditional point guard that the Friars usually have at the helm, a player who looks to pass the rock first and shoot the rock second. The recent point guard players on the team have been more combo guards than the prototypical assist-makers that Cooley has run with in the past. There is enough talent around the team that requires a facilitator when it’s called for and a closer once the moment arises. Curbelo looks like he fits that mold.
“I always like to feed my guys, I don’t like to shoot first,” – (Future Friar) Andre Curbelo
His court vision is his greatest attribute and he finishes well with both hands. Andre can shoot from deep and is very long for his size, using that length to incorporate floaters and unorthodox finishes into his offensive repertoire. Also, I’m just throwing this out there, but Providence could use a shooting sleeve in their mix. Ever since Kris Dunn went to The League, I’ve been missing the swagger that a shooting sleeve brings to the table.
Curbelo is a Top-100 recruit and currently has offers from a bunch of schools that would be lucky enough to snag him, including Big East foes Georgetown and St. John’s. Besides those two, the likes of UConn, Dayton, George Washinton, Wichita State, Illinois, Florida, Rutgers, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stony Brook, and Iona.
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