At his introductory news conference days after being hired by Providence last March, new Friars coach Ed Cooley raised eyebrows when he promised to "not only win, but win and win big."
It's still far too soon to evaluate whether Cooley can achieve that goal, but� at least he's beginning to get the talent he needs in place.
Multiple outlets are reporting that elite Class of 2012 point guard Kris Dunn will select Providence over defending national champion Connecticut on Wednesday when he reveals his college selection. Dunn is Rivals.com's No. 40 recruit in his class and is considered one of the nation's top high school point guards.
Adding to the excitement for the Friars is that they appear to still have a real shot to also land Ricardo Ledo, the highly touted Providence native who originally committed to Providence in December when Keno Davis was still coach but reneged a month later. Ledo, Rivals.com's No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2012, reportedly is expected to be on campus at Providence on Wednesday when Dunn reveals his decision.
Signing either Dunn or Ledo would represent a significant step forward for Providence, and landing both would be a warning shot to the rest of the Big East that the Friars may not be pushovers for long. Providence is 8-28 in Big East play the past two seasons and has only finished above .500 in conference play once since 2004.
Why would Dunn or Ledo potentially select Providence over some of the elite programs that recruited them? The opportunity to play right away surely is enticing, as is the chance to play for an enthusiastic new coach who doesn't lack confidence but also seems capable of backing up his bravado.