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PC basketball team loses another recruit

April 19, 2011

New Providence coach Ed Cooley

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 Davis’ incoming class for 2011, means the Friars as of this moment have zero incoming freshmen for next season.
“He was officially granted his release,” said Tommy Brakel, Anderson’s coach at North Crowley High. “I think one of the main reasons why we went ahead and requested it was because the situation was time sensitive. Anytime you’re going somewhere, it’s got to be perfect, especially when you’re sending your kid across the country. You have to be comfortable with the school and the [coaching] staff.
“What we really wanted to happen at this point was to make sure that we didn’t wait too long while trying to establish a relationship with coach Cooley and a new staff,” Brakel continued. “It didn’t work out so we thought it was best to request the release and see what else is out there.”
Asked if there’s 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 wouldn’t be surprising if one or two players defect by the time the school year finishes out.
“I don’t think any doors have been completely closed, though I’m not positive,” Brakel said. “I 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 don’t know if it was a ‘Let’s just shake hands and part ways’ kind of thing.”
Brakel remarked that Cooley handled this delicate situation with aplomb.
“He had a lot to take of on campus with the kids who were already there and make sure that they are taken care of,” he said. “The feeling I got from coach Cooley is that he’s 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. It’s about finding the right match for kids.”

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