Providence got some good news on Wednesday as IMG Academy big man Quadree Smith gave his commitment to Ed Cooley and the Friars. The commitment had been in the works for a few days, a source told pcbb1917.com. It was announced via the IMG Academy Twitter account. Cooley has been trying to plug the holes in the frontcourt left by the graduation of Carson Desrosiers and the transfer of Paschal Chukwu.
Smith is 6'8 and 250 pounds, which is down from 290. The big man was originally a member of the class of 2014 but opted to do a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Florida where he played on the postgraduate national team. Prior to IMG Academy Smith finished his high school career at local public school Potomac where he transferred in mid-year and led the Wolverines to the 2A Maryland State Championship. Before Potomac Smith spent sophomore year through halfway into his senior year at Paul IV in Fairfax, VA. As a sophomore there Smith played on the team that won the Virginia Independent School State Championship in 2012. He got to go head to head with Georgetown commit Marcus Derrickson daily in practice while at Paul IV and they each have talked about how that made both of them better.
Smith wasn't highly ranked but told pcbb1917.com "I don’t base my life or my career on some dude giving me stars or rank…I’m about production not hype." Smith visited Providence over the weekend and the Friars have another big man on campus today in JC Reyes, per a tweet from UndercoverFriar. Reyes would add length that is still lacking in the Providence frontcourt with the two biggest players now being sophomore Ben Bentil and Smith who both stand 6'8. Reyes is 6'10 and has been known as a shot blocker. Providence still has 1 open scholarship should Reyes jump at the chance to join the Friars.