Providence Friars's head coach Ed Cooley got some good news on Wednesday afternoon when 2016 Canadian forward Kalif Young announced his pledge to the Friars via his Twitter account. Cooley is down in Florida for the Big East meetings and I'm sure he had to try not to give too much of a fist pump seeing as Young chose Providence over league rival Marquette. Young visited both schools in the last two weeks with Friartown being his final visit last weekend.
I am happy to announce that I'll be joining the Friar family and attending Providence University! #GoFriars pic.twitter.com/WLzpyXq1GT— Kalif Young (@youngkalif13) May 18, 2016
Young attended Orangeville Prep and is a native of Toronto. He ran with CIA Bounce on the EYBL circuit last spring and averaged 6.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg. He recently played in the Biosteel All-Canadian Games -- Canada's version of the McDonald's All-American game -- where he was named the MVP for his team after scoring 20 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Young joins Alpha Diallo, Emmitt Holt and Maliek White as members of Providence's 2016 recruiting class. Diallo, White and Young will come to Providence as freshman while Holt is a junior college transfer who can play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining. Providence also will add George Mason transfer Isaiah Jackson to the mix next season after he sat out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules. Providence does have one more scholarship open for next season and Ben Bentil is still deciding between returning for his junior season or keeping his name in the NBA Draft.