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On Breon Pass, TJ Power, and Big East Rankings


A look at recent Providence and college basketball news…

1. Class of 2021 point guard Breon Pass (NC) said Providence is pursuing him heavily in a recent interview with Jamie Shaw of Phenom Hoops Report. Pass tweeted out on Wednesday that he will cut his list to four schools on Sept. 6. He has seen interest from the likes of PC, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech.

Pass is intriguing for a variety of reasons. A two-sport star, he has just begun to focus more on basketball after receiving over a dozen football scholarships from high major schools. In an era of reclassifying, Pass is young for his class, having just turned 17 recently. Not only will Pass bring gridiron toughness to a college basketball court, he is a career 48% 3-point shooter.

You can see the full interview with Shaw below. Pass notes that location is not a factor in his college decision, and that he wants a coaching staff that will build a life-long relationship with him.

2. New England’s class of 2022 is setting up to be the best the region has seen in recent years. Providence offered 2022 forward TJ Power earlier this week, after watching him at a combine held by the BABC AAU program.

Power, who attends St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA is a versatile 6’8 scorer who is seeing his stock explode after the BABC workout. Over the past week he was also offered by Marquette, Miami, Penn State, and Boston College.

The New England Recruiting Report ranks him seventh in the class of 2022, but noted recently that Power is as talented as any player in the region. New England’s 2022 group should be filled with top 100 players, and PC is zeroing in on Alex Karaban of New Hampton Prep, Chisom Okpara of Vermont Academy, and have also offered elite seven footer Donovan Clingan (CT) and 6’9 Kyle Filipowski. Clingan will be a very tall task, but any combination of this group would mean a home run for PC’s staff.

3. Jon Rothstein predicts a fourth place finish for the Friars in the Big East next season. PC fans will likely bristle at Rothstein leaving David Duke off of his All Big East team, however.

4. Make it a perfect four for four for URI waiver approvals. The Rams recently received good news on the waiver request of Malik Martin, who joins Syracuse transfer Jalen Carey, and Maryland transfers Makhi and Makhel Mitchell in being immediately eligible to play next season.

After losing several key pieces to transfer, David Cox bounced back well in the spring with this haul of transfers.

5. Providence is included with Alabama and UCF in Darius Johnson’s final three schools. Johnson, a 2021 point guard from Virginia, could be a UCF lean, however, as his father is on their coaching staff.

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