Providence got a commitment from a four-star big man Drew Fielder on Monday.
The Idaho native joined the roster in the summer, but he is very few, but he quickly established himself as one of the top big men in the Under Armor Association, starring in the West Coast Elite.
Friars was one of the first schools to offer tuition, but schools such as USC, St. John’s, Boston College, Miami, Iowa and Syracuse.
Ed Cooley continued to make Fielder a priority in the two months since then and was able to close the deal during an official visit this weekend.
Here’s a breakdown of what Fielder brings to the Friars and how he’ll fit into Cooley’s system.
With good sizing, inside-out tools and a blue-collar mentality, Fielder has a lot to like. He is physical with high motor skills. He goes straight to contact in the upright, runs hard on the floor, is constantly on the glass, plays hard at both ends and seems to be hyper-competitive. He has a smooth shot from behind the three-point line and can even hit a few threes on the go. He is comfortable on the floor, both for attacking a bad close for a couple of rebounds and for starting a break, he has a good left hand and a bit of acumen in passing. He sets up big screens and can achieve some decisive endings if he has enough room to boot into his jump, albeit sometimes with less lift in traffic. While most of his offense comes either face-to-the-basket or in catch-and-finish situations, there are some occasional signs of potential post-game play. On defense, he is physically and competitive, but perhaps not very flexible at the hips. With somewhat questionable mobility, it remains to be seen how versatile it is at this end of the floor. It may also turn out to be more of a physical deterrent in the paint than a true rim protector.
Providence is a program that prides itself on endurance and physical strength. Fielder embodies that, and so he’s a good fit in terms of culture in the first place.
The Brothers are also a program that is in the midst of a frontcourt makeover. They both finished Nate Watson and Noah Horchler after last season and will lose Ed Croswell after this upcoming season. Clifton Moore joined the program this year as a graduate and may be eligible for a second year if he chooses to use it, but this should not be considered a guarantee.
It leaves Rafael Castro as potentially the only real big man to return to the roster next season, so not only does Fielder have an immediate opportunity, but he’s a fit. He and Castro could certainly play together on the front line, as Castro’s extreme mobility and agility should give him positional versatility defensively (especially in a program that plays most of the zone), while Fielder’s ability to stretch the floor would be good. advantage. combined with Castro’s vertical explosive power in attack.
Kentucky transfer Bryce Hopkins it’s more of a combo forward, but it’s a position that has been a constant staple of Cooley’s rotation over the years. Together, this young trio could form the basis for the Providence front area for the foreseeable future, while the monks would also have room to add a more traditional low-ranking presence should they choose to do so.
FROM Devin Carter, Corey Floyd Jr.as well as Jayden Pierre all with at least three years of backcourt eligibility, Cooley and his staff have now successfully turned over much of their roster in the last six months and laid a solid foundation for years to come.
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