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2017 Big Man Nate Watson Includes Providence in Final Four

The Friars are one of Nate Watson’s final four schools.

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Ed Cooley’s recruiting track record at Providence has been an interesting one, to say the least. While making splashes with players like Kris Dunn and Brandon Austin, he’s also been criticized for honing in on prospects who seem to be out of reach. This past Monday, Cooley received some good news regarding the class of 2017.

The coveted four-star recruit will take his official visit to Providence on September 9-11, which will be his second out of four official fall trips.

According to Scout, Watson is the 58th ranked prospect in the class of 2017 while also being touted as the 13th best player at his position. The PF/C out of the DMV can run the floor well and is known for being strong around the rim. His game has been rapidly improving over the last seven months, which seems to have caught the attention of the recruiting world. The Friars could benefit immensely from a big man like Watson, as the team has been lacking size ever since the transfer of center Paschal Chukwu.

Cooley’s 2017 class already sports some talented length with Dajour Dickens. The 6’10 center out of Hampton, Virginia committed to the Friars back in February to give Providence a nice start to their 2017 group. Adding Watson and his 7’2 wingspan would give Cooley the additional front court depth that his staff has desperately been in search of.

Watson’s official visits range from late August to early October, so don’t expect any commitment to be out before this fall. However, it has been reported that he’d like to make a decision prior to the start of his final high school season. Keep an eye out for more news regarding the emerging big man as he takes his official visits over the next few months.