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Providence Makes Cut for Hunter Dickinson, Niels Lane

Niels Lane Rivals

Providence appeared on the updated recruiting lists of a pair of elite 2020 recruits over the weekend, as shooting guard Niels Lane (NJ) and center Hunter Dickinson (MD) trimmed their lists to seven.

Lane is a top 70 player nationally per 247 Sports, and saw his stock take off this spring and summer on the AAU circuit playing for Team Final. His list of seven is an impressive one — Providence, Xavier, UConn, Miami, Florida, Texas, Georgia — but as has been the case so often under Cooley, PC identified him early.

The Friars were the first high major school to offer him a scholarship, doing so back in 2017, while the other six finalists offered this spring and summer.

Lane spoke of PC to Adam Zagoria last month, “Providence has been there since the beginning. They offered me two years ago and have followed me ever since. They are losing some big scorers so they are looking for me to come in and fill that role immediately.”

Lane visited Providence in November 2017 and again this past June. Scouts love his motor, willingness on the defensive end, and the ability to make shots he showed this summer. He did not shoot the ball well from long distance on the EYBL circuit (see his game logs here), but he did enough to become one of the fastest rising names in the country over the past three months.

He will spend his senior season at New Jersey powerhouse Roselle Catholic, which produced the likes of Isaiah Briscoe and Naz Reid in recent years.

Cooley and Associate Head Coach Jeff Battle are leading Lane’s recruitment for Providence.

Landing a commitment from Dickinson would be one of the biggest (and perhaps most shocking) gets in Cooley’s tenure at PC. This is a skilled center who is listed at 7’2, 260 pounds by some recruiting sites. He plays for national power DeMatha Catholic.

The rest of Dickinson’s list is filled with powerhouses: North Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State, and Purdue. He is a traditional interior scoring center who is capable of facing up from 17 feet.

Dickinson said of Cooley, “Coach Cooley is one of the best coaches that I have ever met at any level of basketball. I really like the way that he talks about using me in his offense.”

He put up terrific numbers on the EYBL circuit. Like Lane, Providence offered Dickinson in 2017.


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