The Friars are off to a fast start for the class of 2024 recruiting cycle. Ed Cooley and staff got a commitment from 4-star guard Kayvaun Mulready on Sunday. Mulready is ranked 76th overall in the class of 2024 according to 247Sports. Kayvaun cut his list to four schools about a week ago with UConn, Marquette, and Maryland joining the Friars as finalists. He would attend PC’s 73-61 victory UConn on Wednesday night and pick the Friars four days later.
So who are the Friars getting in Kayvaun Mulready? He is a big bodied guard who likes to play downhill on offense. He’s also a two-way player who is known to get after on the defensive end as well.
When I watch Kayvaun Mulready a current Friar instantly comes to mind. He reminds me a lot of Devin Carter with his ability to attack the basket and being disruptive on the defensive end. He also reminds me of former URI and UConn guard Tyrese Martin.
His list of final schools was indicative of the type of player he is. For Providence to win this early recruiting battle over UConn and Marquette is huge. The Friars are getting a kid who embodies the exact type of player Cooley wants. A tough nosed, high energy player who plays both ways. The future is certainly bright in Friartown.
The Providence basketball staff is focusing heavily on New England players in the 2024 class. Take a look at the offers and interest in the 2024 class, and you’ll see a distinct New England flavor to it (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/04/08/providence-college-basketball-recruiting-class-of-2024/#more-4864).
To kickstart this class with one of the dominant New England players in the country sends a message to the rest of those folks to come join Mulready. Good players often want to play with 1. Players they are familiar with 2. Other good players. Mulready checks both of those boxes I’d imagine for the majority of the other 2024 New England recruits.
Similar to the Dual recruit that led to commitments from Fielder and Santoro, I could see this having a similar effect in the New England prep scene.
Program Commitment Impact
It’s nice to find guys that seem like “Cooley fits” like Mulready. It’s doubly nice when said player is also coveted and would be welcomed by almost every Top 25 program in the nation. Cooley is adding blue chip recruits at a ferocious level that are also program fits. Compound that with his work in the transfer portal, and the future looks very rosy.
I doubt Carter will be around when Mulready enrolls so it’s nice to have a replacement for him waiting in the wings. Similar to the Bynum/Durham pairing, it’ll be nice to match Pierre with bigger guards in Dual/Mulready.
In summary, this win is another feather in the cap for Cooley. The program is in the best state it has ever been under Cooley. It is why I feel more strongly about this story today than I did when I originally wrote it (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2022/04/27/how-one-offseason-has-laid-the-groundwork-for-a-final-four-run/#more-4981).