One Big East school worked the longest and hardest to land 2011 four-star prospect Naadir Tharpe, and they got their man.
Tharpe, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard out of Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, is headed to Providence.
"This is something I've been thinking about for a while," Tharpe told Rivals.com. "I finally felt that Providence was definitely the school. The coach is a nice guy. I like the school and the way they play."
Tharpe also noted the effort that Providence put into recruiting him.
"They've been recruiting me the longest and the hardest," he said.
A point guard in the classic sense of being a pass first floor general, Tharpe sees the opportunity for early playing time at Providence but noted that nothing had been promised to him.
"They told me I'm not just going to come in and take over at point," he said. "I'm going to have to compete for the spot and that's good."
Although Providence has been out in front in Tharpe's recruitment, he did not strong recruiting relationships with Boston College and UNLV as well.
Tharpe, who is the No. 80 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 for 2011, is the first Providence commitment from the 2011 class.