Head coach Mike Hart told us this morning that Demetris Nichols, a 6-7 swingman from St. Andrew's High School in Barrington, Rhode Island, is down to two schools -- Syracuse and Villanova. "Providence did a great job in recruiting Demetris but they decided to look elsewhere," Hart told us. "Providence is a great school. Someday there is going to be a player that goes there from our program."
But it won't be Nichols. Syracuse and Villanova had forged a lead over the Friars. "It's very tight between the two schools," Hart said. "He is in the process of trying to make a decision. As I am talking to you, he has not made one."
Nichols visited Villanova a couple of weekends ago. Villanova seemed to close the gap between itself and the Orange after Nichols took a visit there after playing in the Charlie Weber tournament.
"Both of his visits went well," Hart said. "I couldn't say where he might go now."
Nichols had told us that Syracuse had the slight lead. However, it appears the Villanova visit has caused Nichols to reflect more on his impending decision. "Right now he still thinks he will have a decision by May 1st," Hart said. "So it should be soon."