Drew Felder will cross the country to play college basketball.
Providence’s recruiting experience proved difficult to turn down. Felder, an Idaho native preparing in the Los Angeles area this season, committed to the monks via social media late Monday.
Fielder is a 6-foot-10 power forward and four-star for all 247 sports. He made an official visit with Providence over the weekend and announced his decision shortly after returning to the Southern California Academy. Fielder is a teammate with Garwey Dual, the four-star shooting guard who pledged to the brothers in June.
Fielder paid a visit to nearby USC earlier this month. He has also demanded offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boston College, Creighton, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, St. John’s, Syracuse, and UCLA. Other planned visits with the Eagles, Orange and Colorado will be canceled now that Felder has made his pick.
Providence has made her concern crystal clear over the past week. Ed Cooley took a trip west for an open practice session with the Rams, check-in on the Dual and touch base with Fielder before visiting here. The brothers made an offer to Felder in July and closed on it just two months later.
Felder impressed on the popular circuit with West Coast Elite. Some of his best performances came this summer at the Under Armor Association Finals in Chicago. His doubles doubles have had wins – 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Canada Elite, and 18 points and 10 rebounds against Massachusetts-based Middlesex Magic.
Providence figures give Felder an early opportunity to enter Earth. Ed Croswell and LaSalle are expected to leave Clifton Moore after the 2022-23 season. Rafael Castro, the new student of the Redshirt, will be the only real presence of the returning paint as of now.
The monks have been targeting volume throughout most of this cycle. They welcomed Canadian big man Michael Nouko on an official visit last weekend and have kept in touch with young California forward Brady Dunlap, New York big man Yusuf Sengar and California big man Jacob McFarland among others. Jared Bynum and Noah Locke are also set to finalize their eligibility after this season – Providence has great flexibility on the roster with freshmen coming and in the transfer portal.
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Fielder’s commitment left the brothers 1-for-2 in terms of Monday’s announcements. Young Michigan forward Curtis Williams Jr. committed to Louisville in the afternoon after he included the Cardinals, Brothers, Xavier, Alabama and Florida State among the finalists. Williams is among the top 70 people he had officiating in Providence earlier this month and with Louisville last weekend.
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Cooley now has a backline and front court after missing two previous goals – goalkeeper Solomon Paul (Connecticut), goalkeeper Gavin Griffiths (Rutgers) and forward Taylor Paul Bowen (Florida State) were among the most important. The brothers thought they had real momentum coming out of the first Sweet 16 berth since 1997 and another contract extension that would keep Cooley in school until at least the end of 2020. His efforts in the 27-6 campaign last season led to the first conference championship in the regular season and coach of the year honors from both voters from the Big East and Naismith National.
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