UConn transfer Corey Floyd Jr. has officially returned to his rightful home in Providence. Floyd, a 6’4” shooting guard, was originally part of the Huskies 2022 class but reclassified to move up to Storrs for 2021 and redshirted this past season.
Floyd was a Top-100 recruit out of Roselle Catholic in New Jersey and will still have four years of eligibility left with the Friars. Even though Ed Cooley is crushing it in the transfer market, he has been able to add guys with both short and long-term eligibility. Noah Locke and Clifton Moore only have one year left to play but Devin Carter (3 years) and Corey Floyd Jr. (4 years) will be here for a long time. Also, we definitely have some upgraded hair game with the new guards now that Noah is no longer here to carry the team with his sweet lettuce.
The Friars were previously included in Floyd’s Final 7 schools out of high school with Auburn, Florida, Rutgers, Miami, Wake Forest, and UConn before he ultimately decided to head to Connecticut. There was hope in Friartown that, being a legacy, he would choose Providence as his destination. His father, Corey Floyd, played for Rich Barnes and the Friars for two seasons from 1990 to 1992. I’m not totally sure but I think his dad is psyched for his boy to be heading to his old stomping grounds.
Corey took an official visit to PC just before making his decision to head there but there had been reported interest from the likes of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Pittsburgh, & NC State this time around in his recruitment.
Although I didn’t see the transfer portal becoming what it is at this moment due to the extra year of eligibility that a lot of players have from COVID and players no longer having to sit out a season if they transfer, I did think that Ed Cooley’s intense pursuit of higher touted players may pay dividends later on even if he didn’t initially get them to commit to Providence. The underlying circumstances have certainly exacerbated everything, but there were a lot of fans saying that he was wasting his time on highly ranked recruits who would eventually pick a blue blood program anyway. Relationships still matter to the right people and Ed Cooley is the one to build those in the right way (as are his awesome assistants).
To make things even more interesting, Floyd is the first player to transfer to another team within the Big East Conference. That should make things extra spicy when Providence plays at UConn next season. I have that one marked on my calendar already. Yeah, I don’t actually own a calendar but you get it.
Much like another recent transfer commit, Devin Carter, Floyd excels at playing downhill and getting to the rim, using his strength to finish around the basket. I could see Providence taking a page from Villanova’s book and posting up Carter and/or Floyd against smaller guards down low next year. These two guys are built for the college game already with their muscled frames.
Welcome to Friartown Corey!