Friars get highly rated guard Makai Ashton-Langford on the rebound – Sports – providencejournal.com

PROVIDENCE – After making a hasty college decision back in the fall, Makai Ashton-Langford is apparently set to pick a school now. He wants to be a Friar.

 Ashton-Langford, a Worcester native who is a consensus top 50 prospect in the Class of 2017, committed to Ed Cooley on Monday after a weekend visit to Providence College. Ashton-Langford and his parents attended PC’s end of season banquet on Saturday night and met with the coaching staff Sunday. He returned to school in New Hampshire Monday and committed late in the day.

 PC’s gain is Connecticut’s loss. The point guard signed a national letter-of-intent with UConn last November but asked out of that contract last week. He cited various changes in the UConn program, including the unexpected departure of associate head coach Glenn Miller.

 “When he requested his release from UConn, Makai knew he wanted to talk to Coach Cooley,” said Jason Smith, Ashton-Langford’s coach at Brewster Academy. “He sees the success the program has had for the last four years and how the culture has changed there. It’s also close to his home and his parents can see him play.” 

 Ashton-Langford picked UConn over PC back in September. The Friars then signed Virginia big men Nate Watson and Dajour Dickens but kept an eye out for guard help as well. Senior-to-be Kyron Cartwright will once again start at lead guard for PC but Cooley played freshman Maliek White alongside Cartwright this past season and Ashton-Langford is a two-way guard who can help in many different areas.

 “He’s an absolute stud,” said Smith. “Winning is the most important thing to him. He is a good defender and just a good guard. He hasn’t lost a game since last spring.”

 Ashton-Langford began his prep career in his hometown at St. Peter-Marian but then moved to Cushing Academy (Mass.) for three years. He led Brewster to a perfect 33-0 record and the New England, and…

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