Former St. Peter-Marian point guard and Telegram & Gazette Super Teamer Naadir Tharpe made it official last week, committing to play basketball for Providence College next winter.
Tharpe left SPM after his sophomore season for Brewster Academy, where he helped his squad to the National Prep Championship this year. Here’s a recap from ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein:
Brewster Academy junior PG Naadir Tharpe committed to Providence College on Wednesday night. A native of Worcester, Mass., Tharpe has been a prime target of Friars head coach Keno Davis and his staff since they first arrived at Providence.
“I’m really excited to play for Coach Keno,” Tharpe said. “They have been showing me a lot of love for a long time and I feel like I have a good connection with him and [assistant] Coach [Pat] Skerry.”
Tharpe is the consummate playmaker with terrific handle and court vision who excels at creating offense for his teammates and figures to be at his best in Davis’ up-and-down system.
“I felt it was great basketball-wise because I knew I would be a good fit in their system,” Tharpe said. “Academics were also important and coming from Brewster Academy where the classes are very small it was important for me to find a school that offered similar size classes.”
Tharpe was also being heavily recruited by Boston College and UNLV but had generated a wide range of high-major interest over the years with schools like Arizona, Indiana, and West Virginia all being involved at one point or another.
Tharpe has been the starting point guard at Brewster Academy since arriving at the powerhouse prep program last year as a sophomore. This year he ran the show for a team that had a storied season, claiming not only the NEPSAC Class A title but also the National Prep Championship.
Credit Davis and his staff for making an obvious effort to keep top local New England players close to home. Gerard Coleman and Ron Giplaye are two local 2010 products who signed their National Letters of Intent in November.
“I’m used to playing against Gerard and Ron,” Tharpe said, “so I’m real excited to be playing with them.”
A backcourt tandem of Tharpe and Coleman should be a very effective one down the road for Providence as both players are at their best in the open floor, while Tharpe’s playmaking should complement Coleman’s scoring ability perfectly.
Throw in another member of the class of 2010, Joseph Young, and you have a third perimeter player who is ideally suited to space the floor with his deep shooting range and give his teammates room to operate.
Put it all together and you have to be impressed with what Providence is doing as they are landing quality recruits, owning their backyard, and finding pieces that fit their style of play and complement each other well.