Coach Keno Davis Establishing Strong Relationships with Young Prospects in New England

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Miscellaneous, Recruiting
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Kevin McNamara over at the ProJo recently blogged on how Coach Keno Davis has been establishing strong NewEngland_01relationships with High School underclassmen.  Among the prospects were Kaleb Tarczewski from Mass, Naadir Tharpe from Boston, and Michael Carter-Williams from the Saint Andrew’s School in RI.  Most notable were ESPNs #13 Player for 2010, St Andrew’s SF Ricky Ledo and the ESPN #1 player in the class of 2012 – Andre Drummond from Connecticut.  That’s right, they are all New Englanders.

Coach Keno Davis is clearly making strides in the recruiting trails to make PC a relevant team not just in the Big East but in the college basketball once again.

imagesIts really great to see how Coach Keno Davis has immediately made a recruiting impact at PC, and how he has targeted better players than PC has in years past.  He is proving that he was worth every cent PC paid to get him. Ricky Ledo and Andre Drummond are huge names and we will be keeping a close eye on them, of course hoping for the best.  But it is so early in the process so there is no reason to get too excited.

However, it is great to see is that Coach Keno Davis is targeting New Englanders.  For PC to become relevant in the Big East once more it needs to become a major factor in New England.  Connecticut will always be difficult to compete with recruiting as long as Coach Jim Calhoun is there, but PC has to be able to consistently beat out Boston College and non-New England schools for the attention of New England high schoolers.  Too often PC has lost, not just New Englanders, but Rhode Islanders to rival schools outside of New England.  PC does not have the luxury of lying in a basketball hot bed like other Big East schools do, so when a good player close to home emerges its important that PC gets a really hard look by them.

Being as success breeds success it imperative that PC becomes successful on a yearly basis, this will bring interest to PC among younger players, and by the looks of it what Coach Keno Davis and his staff are doing out on the recruiting circuit is really helping PC get to the point of success.  Which is why we are glad PC extended Coach Keno Davis’ contract.  This will not be an overnight transition, but we think with time Coach Keno Davis can really build a successful program at PC.  And even though none of these prospects are even close to committing to any school it great to see that Coach Keno Davis is getting after them… early.

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