The Providence Friars missed out on landing four-star point guard Makai Ashton-Langford, as the Massachusetts native will instead head to the University of Connecticut to play for head coach Kevin Ollie and the Huskies.
The battle for Ashton-Langford’s services came down to the Friars and the Huskies after strong efforts by other schools. The 2017 guard took visits recently to both schools and while rumors suggested he might commit this weekend, Ashton-Langford wound up waiting until Labor Day to announce the news.
The announcement of Makai’s commitment was initially revealed by ESPN.com’s Adam Finkelstein.
ESPN 100 PG Makai Ashton-Langford tells me he has A committed to UConn. Led @RivalsNation to 4 championships this summer.— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) September 5, 2016
Ashton-Langford is UConn’s first commit of the 2017 class.
While Providence missed the boat on Makai Ashton-Langford, the point guard situation isn’t necessarily in dire straits but they could have certainly used a player of his caliber. Kyron Cartwright is likely to stick around for his senior season in 2017, and be backed up by Maliek White whom is listed as a point guard on VerbalCommits.
Where the Friars turn next is anybody’s guess as, per VerbalCommits, they have one open spot left to join Dajour Dickens in Ed Cooley’s 2017 class.