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Fazekas to Transfer and the Class of ’15
- Updated: March 23, 2017
With the news that sophomore Ryan Fazekas is transferring, it’s looking more and more like Providence’s recruiting class of 2015 is shaping up to be the only bust of the Ed Cooley Era.
Cooley struck gold weeks after taking the Providence job, grabbing LaDontae Henton in the spring of 2011, and he followed that up with a monster 2012 haul that included McDonald’s All American Kris Dunn, as well as Ricky Ledo and Josh Fortune.
PC signed top 60 recruit Brandon Austin and current leading scorer Rodney Bullock the following year, and knocked it out of the park with a 2014 class that included Ben Bentil, Jalen Lindsey, Kyron Cartwright, and Paschal Chukwu.
Cooley benefitted from an instant impact in 2016, with Emmitt Holt proving to be a terrific inside/out scorer, Alpha Diallo emerging in conference play, with Kalif Young and Maliek White flashing throughout the year.
2015 is the one blip. Fazekas was the first to commit, verbally pledging during the fall of his junior year of high school. The staff then took a shot on the talented, but troubled Alex Owens who never made it to campus. Drew Edwards had the look of a solid four year player at times during his freshman season, but has never been fully healthy, while Ricky Council and Quadree Smith were a pair of late signings that have provided little. Smith left after his freshman season, and Council has barely seen the court in in two seasons in black and white.
Early in his freshman season it looked as though Fazekas would be a solid four year player for the Friars. He scored 17 points on 5-8 shooting from 3 in just his third game at PC, and he was a starter in his first game (a win over Illinois in which he played 36 minutes and scored 10 points).
Providence probably doesn’t come back against Arizona in November 2015 without Fazekas’ momentum-shifting 3 pointer late in the second half, and a few games later he played 35 minutes in a buzzer beating win at Rhode Island.
A bout with mononucleosis derailed the rest of Fazekas’ freshman season. He missed nearly a month and never seemed to find his form.
Fazekas started his sophomore season shooting the ball well, making nine 3-pointers in PC’s first four games, including 3-6 in an opening night win against Vermont. He eventually fell behind more versatile players in Alpha Diallo and Isaiah Jackson, making just two two field goals from Feb. 1 until the end of the season.
Providence will try to fill Fazekas’ roster spot this spring if they can find the right fit. Michigan guard Greg Elliott visited PC in February. A senior, Elliott is one of the more attractive high school guards left on the board and is seeing interest from Marquette and Michigan State.
The staff could also look to the 5th year transfer market for an experience hand to contribute to a team returning its core.