Bold Predictions: 2020-2021 Providence Friars

I saw this topic posted on the 247 message board, and the Crier and I chose to tackle it on our own. Crier and I decided to choose a handful of predictions for the upcoming season. I’d define bold as unexpected, but a possibility. For instance, saying AJ Reeves leads the team in three pointers made isn’t a bold prediction. And with the Big East new year beginning today we felt it was a good time to share our predictions.

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Friar Fridays: News on PC Basketball heading into the Weekend

This will be a weekly segment that will compliment more of the deep-dive articles published throughout the week. It will sum up various recruiting updates, team news and notes, and essentially anything relevant to the Providence Friar basketball team. Topics in bold below.

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Big East 2021 Power Rankings:

Here at The Providence Crier we welcome differing opinions on all things Providence basketball and the Big East.

The Crier and I have separately put together a top to bottom ranking of the Big East, along with providing candid commentary on each selection.

Let us know what you think. It’d be great to read some other’s opinions.

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2021 Recruits I’d Like to See Providence Go After

It seems that Coach Cooley and staff have honed in on some promising 2021 recruits and have a clear pecking order for who they want to land. With that said, recruiting can be quite fickle, so it is always important for a coaching staff to have on their radar a plethora of player options.

I’ve done some research on players I want to see Providence begin to show interest in, as I feel these recruits would be receptive to Providence and playing for the Friars.

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Big Board Version 1.0: 2021 Providence Targets

Somewhere in the depths of Ed Cooley’s office at the Ruane Development Center he has a giant white board full of targets that him and his staff hope wear the black and white one day.

We did our best to replicate what we think the Providence Big Board may look like by accumulating a list of guys that PC has targeted. On top of this, we broke down their game, included film on said, listed other offers, and predicted the likelihood of them committing to the Friars. We will be updating the Big Board throughout the Class of 2021 recruiting season.  

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Building the Providence 2021 Recruiting Class

With the unfortunate loss of Pettiford Jr. to Louisville, I began an exercise to analyze, as of June 2020, what a realistic recruiting class can be for the Friars.

Scholarship Availability

As of today, there will definitely be 3 scholarships available for the 2021 recruiting class. Nate Watson and Noah Horchler will be out of eligibility, along with us not using the last open scholarship in the 2020 class.

I am of the belief this class will be a 4 person class. At first glance, you may ask how that’s possible given scholarship restraints, but so much can happen in a given year.

Here are some hypothetical scenarios to open up more scholarships:

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Latest Rivals 150 & ESPN 100 Class of 2021 Rankings: Providence & Big East Targets

This past week Rivals & ESPN updated their 2021 basketball recruiting class. It was surprising to see an update given there was no AAU season, which is where most of the evaluations take place. With that said, some of the evaluators may have gotten their hands on Junior year high school tape and tweaked a player’s rankings accordingly.

Some players of note for Providence and the Big East below:

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Who’s Next? Targeting the next PG Recruit for Providence

With Pettiford Jr. heading off to play for Coach Chris Mack and Louisville, it is time to turn the page, say our goodbyes to Bobby, and focus on the next Point Guard targets.

It appears that Bensley Joseph from Putnam Science Academy will be the primary PG recruit moving forward. Coach Ed Cooley and the Friar staff will be speaking with Bensley virtually later today, apparently.

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Bobby Pettiford Jr. – Where Is He Heading?

Bobby Pettiford Jr. is a Top-100, 4-star point guard hailing from North Carolina. He is ranked as a Top-15 point guard nationally by 247Sports and has decided he will commit to his future college on 6/10.

The Friars are battling a slew of schools to attain his pledge, but this appears to be a two way battle at the top for Pettiford Jr. between Louisville & PC.

I was surprised to see him make a decision this early, as it wouldn’t shock me to see him get some other big time offers after his senior season, but he may be ready to decide and end the whole recruiting process.

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