On Wednesday, the Providence Friars became the latest school to offer 2020 point guard Andre Curbelo.
Curbelo, a 6-foot-1 standout from New York powerhouse Long Island Lutheran, has played a key role in upholding the school’s successful basketball tradition. Most recently, he and Crusaders won a New York state-record eight federational titles, after winning the New York State Class AA Federation Championship in lopsided fashion last Saturday.
Curbelo was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after dropping a game-high 23 points.
He is a traditional type of point guard, one that looks to pass-first and set up his teammates. Curbelo is a solid floor general, one that has great vision. He can also call his own number and attack the basket. His quickness and superb ball handles make him a slashing threat, but he can also knock down the outside shot.
He listed as a four-star and Top 100 prospect, according to 247 sports. Curbelo currently has just over a dozen offers, with St. John’s, Georgetown, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Rutgers, Dayton, Wichita State, Stony Brook, Iona, Hofstra, George Washington, and others in the mix.
For Providence, consistent point guard play and playmaking abilities were something that the Friars struggled with this season. As news of Makai Ashton-Langford leaving the program surfaced, and UMass grad transfer Luwane Pipkins will be joining the Friars next year for a final season, it seems like Ed Cooley and his staff are looking to replenish that position for the future, starting with the 2020 class.