Faced with the likely departure of All-American candidate point guard Kris Dunn to the NBA after the 2015-2016 season, the Providence Friars have been hot and heavy to land a replacement incoming point guard recruit. They did just that on Sunday night, as George Wythe (VA) lead guard Maliek White announced his commitment to Providence via Twitter.
The Friars have also been known to be a finalist to land top 100 New York City guard Shamorie Ponds, though some believe St. John’s is the favorite. White is a terrific insurance policy should Ponds stay in the Big Apple.
White was shown to be a standout in his own right on the AAU circuit for the River City Reign, following leading his high school to a state championship as a junior. White reportedly averaged 17 points and 6 assists per game in a banner year.
The post Kris Dunn-era at Providence will unquestionably be a brave new world for Friars fans, but with incoming talent like White, who Providence reportedly beat out Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and others for, it needn’t be a bad thing.