With the Providence Friars still searching for their first 2021 class commitment, this weekend brought some encouraging news to the Friartown Faithful that PC can join the rest of the Big East in securing a loaded recruiting class. In fact, the Big East currently has 8 of the top 31 recruiting classes of 2021 according to 247Sports National Rankings.
Let’s start with the player whose list has the most schools still included on it. Bryce Hopkins, who the Friars almost immediately contacted after he de-committed from Louisville, released a cut down list of 9 schools.
Hopkins’ final 9 schools include Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Indiana, Cal, Iowa State, Oregon, and most importantly, Providence. The two schools that concern me the most are Kentucky and Illinois, but mostly Kentucky. Hopkins is from Illinois, so there’s the connection with the Illini. Kentucky is Kentucky. A blue blood school that pretty much works as an NBA factory, is always very stiff competition to be up against.
North Carolina native Kuluel Mading released the list of his final 8 schools on Friday as well.
The Friars are up against Tulsa, East Carolina, VCU, UNC Greensboro, Clemson, Howard, & UNC Wilmington. No disrespect to any of those fine institutions, but besides VCU (and maybe Howard), which is a pretty similar school to PC, I’m not seeing any overwhelming reasons why Mading would choose one of the other 6 schools on the final 8 list.
Mading is equally a force on both sides of the ball and his insane length allows him to do some things on the court that not many other guys can do. The lateral quickness he has for a guy with his height is rare and his development and growth as a player over the last couple of years is pretty astounding. The Friars would be fortunate to start their 2021 class with a guy that I believe is still somehow under the radar but will no doubt be an IMPACT player at the next level.
Legend Geeter, whose name I am still in love with, released his Top 5 schools.
Geeter’s final 5 schools include Georgetown, Missouri, Western Michigan, Duquesne, & Providence. Legend is from Michigan so the inclusion of the Broncos of Western Michigan is something that can’t go completely unnoticed. The 6’7” slasher from River Rouge possesses an all-around game that shows off his skills in each and every aspect on the basketball court. His length, combined with his athleticism and tenacity, make him the perfect fit for an Ed Cooley coached team that thrives on the versatility of their personnel.
Next step, let’s get a commitment from one of these talented dudes.