PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College men's basketball coach Keno Davis
announced on November 11 that student-athletes Gerard Coleman (West Roxbury, Mass.), Ron Giplaye (Lowell, Mass.) and Joe Young (Houston, Texas) each have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September 2010.
Coleman, a 6-foot-4-inch, 170-pound guard attends the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. He helped lead Tilton to a 29-2 mark, the NEPSAC Class B title and the Prep School National Championship in 2009. In the Prep School National Championship game, Coleman scored 25 points in a 97-93 win over Hargrave Military Academy. He averaged 17 points and four rebounds per game last season. Coleman played for the BABC AAU team. He is rated the 30th-best prospect in the class of 2010 by Slam Magazine, the 51st-best prospect by Rivals.com, 66th overall by Scout.com and 72nd overall by ESPNU. Coleman is the 11th-ranked shooting guard according to Rivals.com and he is rated No. 16 by Scout.com. The New England Recruiting Report lists Coleman as the No. 2 prospect in New England. He is a very quick guard who can score from the perimeter and around the basket.
Giplaye, a 6-foot-6-inch, 230-pound forward attends Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, Mass. Notre Dame finished the 2009 season ranked No. 5 in the nation. Giplaye averaged 12.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season. The New England Recruiting Report ranked him as the seventh-best prospect for the class of 2010 in New England. He also played AAU basketball for BABC. Giplaye is a very physical player who uses his strength to rebound and score down low.
Young, a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound guard attends Yates High School in Houston. In 2009, he averaged 23 points and five assists per game while helping Yates post a 34-1 mark, capture the Texas Class 4A title and receive a top-10 national ranking. He scored 29 points versus Kimball High (Dallas, Texas) in the state title game. That effort helped him earn MVP honors for the 4A state tournament. As a junior, he was selected to the Texas 4A All-State Team. Young played AAU basketball for the Houston Superstars. He is ranked as the ninth-best player in Texas, according to TexasHoops.com. Young is the son of former NBA player Michael Young. He is an excellent shooter who also can get to the basket to score.
"We are looking forward to having Gerard, Ron and Joe join our squad next season," Davis said. "All three of these student-athletes come from highly successful high school and AAU programs. They should help us continue our quest to make our program one of the elite in the BIG EAST."