Friars Strike Again: IU’s Aljami Durham to Transfer to PC

Ed Cooley said there would be changes this off-season and he is not joking around. Over the past few weeks we have seen Greg Gantt, Kris Monroe, and Jimmy Nichols all leave the program. The Friars then announced that Nate Watson and Noah Horchler would return. Yesterday they landed Jayden Epps, who will reclassify and enroll at PC at his summer. Today PC made another move as Indiana guard Aljami Durham will finish his college career in black and white.

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Noah Horchler Returns to Providence: Analyzing The Impact

There have been rumors of Noah Horchler returning to Providence, taking advantage of the “free” year the NCAA granted this past year due to COVID-19. Horchler made it official on Sunday, ensuring that Providence has one of, if not the, strongest frontcourt in the Big East. This news comes on top of Nate Watson returning to Friartown, which we wrote about extensively in the attached link (https://theprovidencecrier.com/2021/03/18/nate-watson-returns-for-year-5-thoughts-impact-to-2021-2022-friars/#more-3446).

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Providence Wins the Epps Sweepstakes – Jayden Epps Picks The Friars

Jayden Epps announced Monday afternoon that he pledged to Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars. Epps is a 6-1 combo guard out of Virginia and can really score the basketball. Jayden picked PC over the other finalists NC State and Florida. There are also rumblings he could reclassify and join the squad for this upcoming season, which is a massive development given the recent departures of Monroe, Gantt, and Nichols. With the Friars having three players transfer out of the program over the past 2 weeks, Cooley was quick to restock the cupboard. He certainly did with Jayden Epps.

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Jayden Epps Decision Day: Analyzing the Competition

Decision day is here for 2022 combo guard Jayden Epps of Suffolk, VA. Epps, a consensus 4 star on all recruiting sites, is scheduled to pick his college at 12PM EST. Providence is squarely in the mix here, with the understanding the choosing will be between NC State, Florida, and the Friars. We’ve heard there are chances he may reclassify as well, joining the 2021 class of Legend Geeter and Rafael Castro. We analyze below the chances for each school and make a prediction based off what we have heard and believe.

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Nate Watson Returns for Year 5: Thoughts & Impact to 2021-2022 Friars

Big man Nate Watson made a surprise return to PC, utilizing the free year of eligibility offered by the NCAA, to play his 5th year back in Providence. Nate Watson cited unfinished business, playing in the Dunk again, and improving his NBA draft stock as a few reasons for his return.

The importance of Watson’s return cannot be understated. Watson was a 2nd team All Big East big man, but averaged more points than Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who made first team All-Big East and was a Co-POY. Watson will return to the Big East as one of, if not the, best offensive big men in the nation.

Below, we analyze the impact of his return and offer some thoughts on improvements to Watson’s game to get him NBA ready.

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Friars End Season with Loss to DePaul in BET Opener

The Friar’s season came to a crashing end last night, as they lost their Big East Tournament opener to a 4-13 DePaul team 70-62. DePaul certainly didn’t look like a team with a 4-13 record in this one and to their credit they played a hard nosed game, but make no mistake this result doesn’t sit well. DePaul won the game due to the fact they wanted it more, which is troubling with PC having one last opportunity to salvage their season. Let’s look at how PC got bounced from MSG.

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Providence Takes on DePaul in Opening Round of Big East Tournament

Providence, the 6 seed of the Big East Tournament, takes on 11 seed DePaul at 9pm on Wednesday evening. The winner takes on 3 seed UCONN in the quarterfinals Thursday at 9PM.

Providence is 2-0 this year against DePaul, beating them 57-47 in the rematch and 95-90 in the original match-up (in overtime).

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2022 Recruit of Interest: New Jersey Point Guard Ben Roy

With the season unfortunately coming to a conclusion, The Providence Crier has naturally began to pivot the focus to recruiting. Recruiting, as everybody knows, is the lifeblood of any basketball program, and Providence is no different. With the roster about to significantly turn over during the next 1-2 years, it is imperative to Ed Cooley and the staff that the 2022 recruiting class is a homerun.

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