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For the second time in as many days, a signed PC recruit has been relieved of his commitment.
Tuesday saw new Providence College coach Ed Cooley grant Kyan Anderson, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Fort Worth, Texas, his release of his signed letter-of-intent. The release of Anderson and Markus Crider, the second member of ex-coach Keno Davisâ incoming class for 2011, means the Friars as of this moment have zero incoming freshmen for next season.
âHe was officially granted his release,â said Tommy Brakel, Andersonâs coach at North Crowley High. âI think one of the main reasons why we went ahead and requested it was because the situation was time sensitive. Anytime youâre going somewhere, itâs got to be perfect, especially when youâre sending your kid across the country. You have to be comfortable with the school and the [coaching] staff.
âWhat we really wanted to happen at this point was to make sure that we didnât wait too long while trying to establish a relationship with coach Cooley and a new staff,â Brakel continued. âIt didnât work out so we thought it was best to request the release and see what else is out there.â
Asked if thereâs a slim chance that PC could rekindle the relationship with Anderson down the road, Brakel seemed receptive to the possibility. Right now the Friars have 10 players on board for next season, but it wouldnât be surprising if one or two players defect by the time the school year finishes out.
âI donât think any doors have been completely closed, though Iâm not positive,â Brakel said. âI was not privy to the conversation between the Providence staff and the Andersons. I have not talked to the family other than to let them know that the release was faxed. I donât know if it was a âLetâs just shake hands and part waysâ kind of thing.â
Brakel remarked that Cooley handled this delicate situation with aplomb.
âHe had a lot to take of on campus with the kids who were already there and make sure that they are taken care of,â he said. âThe feeling I got from coach Cooley is that heâs an outstanding guy. Heck, if he came in our gym tomorrow to recruit one of our players, I would have no problem whatsoever. There was nothing negative that went on. Itâs about finding the right match for kids.â