Ed Cooley received a commitment from top-35 player Makai Ashton-Langford Monday night following the Worcester, Massachusetts native’s official visit to Providence this past weekend. The Friars came up short in September when Ashton-Langford committed to Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies. Last month the Huskies parted ways with assistant coach and Ashton-Langford’s lead recruiter, Glen Miller, which then allowed the dominos to begin to fall. Ashton-Langford’s de-commitment would follow, and now ten days later Ed Cooley has his man.
Providence has landed one of the top point guards in the country, Makai Ashton-Langford, Mass Rivals coach Vin Pastore told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 11, 2017
Ashton-Langford led Brewster Academy to a 33-0 record this past season including a National Prep Championship. His commitment adds depth to an already strong 2017 recruiting class. He will now join 89th ranked Nate Watson and 139th ranked Dajour Dickens in Providence next fall. Adding the 32nd ranked player in the nation bumps Cooley’s 2017 class up to 13th in the country and 2nd in the Big East (behind Xavier - 9th) according to 247Sports’ Composite National Ranking. This is the Friars’ highest ranked point guard recruit since Kris Dunn.
Ed Cooley’s relationship building ability in this 2017 class has really paid off, as the Friars are looking at a stellar group of incoming freshmen to go along with the potential of returning all contributors from a season ago.