Donovan Santoro Becomes the Third 2023 Providence Commit from Southern California Academy

I think we can officially change the name of Southern California Academy to Providence College West. That or PC Prep, I’m not 100% either way on what I’m going to call it going forward but it appears that Ed Cooley and his coaching staff have firmly established a West Coast pipeline of talented players.

Donovan Santoro becomes the 2nd Friars commit in less than a month and the third member of the 2023 recruiting class following the commitments of teammates Garwey Dual and Drew Fielder. The trio will have a built in chemistry the moment they set foot on campus which is something you can’t teach to incoming players. With Santoro’s announcement, Providence has now secured a guard, a wing, and a big to diversify their next incoming class.

The 6’8” swingman held offers from the likes of Creighton, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Ole Miss, New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State, & Tennessee State. He had taken visits to Providence, San Jose State, & Washington state but his connection to the reining Naismith National Coach of the Year Ed Cooley and his staff was too strong to pass up.

“I picked Providence because of how real and great the coaching staff is. They have also been known as a successful and winning program for a while now.”

– Donovan Santoro

Santoro is a skilled forward that has a very smooth feel to his game. He seems to almost glide with the ball in his hands on offense, covering large distances quickly, leading into a high release point and an ability to shoot over defenders. His offensive game reminds me of Boston Celtics 2015 draft pick RJ Hunter out of Georgia State who upset #3 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a quick reminder.

Santoro has a lot of length, something that the Friars love to incorporate across the board defensively, and with an additional year of growth and playing some high level basketball, will be sure to continue to fill out before arriving in Providence. He has extended range and excels at catch-and-shoot opportunities with a quick trigger. He also possesses finesse around the rim with his ability to finish well with either hand from a variety of angles. The ceiling on his game looks like it could be very high. I’m excited to see what he can do in Friartown.

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