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Providence nabs priority big man Nate Watson

Nate Watson (Under Armour/Kelly Kline)
Nate Watson (Under Armour/Kelly Kline)

Providence gained a verbal commitment from one of the prospects they pursuing the hardest in the 2017 recruiting cycle on Saturday, 6′-8″ post Nate Watson of Bishop O’Connell (VA).

Watson is a borderline top 100 prospect in the 2017 class, and given Providence’s post situation, projects as potentially playing early for the Friars.

One of the most productive interior players in the Under Armour Association (playing for DC Premier), Watson joins Dajour Dickens, a center from Virginia, in the class.

With several high-major foes to beat out to land Watson’s services, head coach Ed Cooley is undoubtedly quite pleased to add a player of Watson’s caliber to an interior that is still smarting from the loss of Ben Bentil to the NBA.

Providence Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsKiyon Cartwright (Jr)Kiyon Cartwright (Sr)Drew Edwards (Sr)Maliek White (Sr)
Drew Edwards (So)Drew Edwards (Jr)Maliek White (Jr)
Maliek White (Fr)Maliek White (So)
WingsJalen Lindsey (Jr)Jalen Lindsey (Sr)Isaiah Jackson (Sr)Alpha Diallo (Sr)
Rodney Bullock (Jr)Rodney Bullock (Sr)Ricky Council (Sr)
Isaiah Jackson (So)Isaiah Jackson (Jr)Alpha Diallo (Jr)
Ricky Council (So)Ricky Council (Jr)
Alpha Diallo (Fr)Alpha Diallo (So)
PostsEmmitt Holt (Jr)Emmitt Holt (Sr)Ryan Fazekas (Sr)Kalif Young (Sr)
Kalif Young (Fr)Ryan Fazekas (Jr)Kalif Young (Jr)Dajour Dickens (Jr)
Ryan Fazekas (So)Kalif Young (So)Dajour Dickens (So)Nate Watson (Jr)
Dajour Dickens (Fr)Nate Watson (So)
Nate Watson (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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