Locals on Providence's radar

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today with the recruiting radar for Providence under new head coach Ed Cooley, and it's no surprise that the former Fairfield head man is making local talent a priority with the Class of 2012.

The Friars recently hosted New London (Conn.)'s Kris Dunn on an unofficial visit last month, before he blew up the AAU scene this spring. This past weekend, they hosted New Hampton power forward and Marlborough native Zach Auguste on an unofficial, and the 6-foot-9 big man was pleased.

Finkelstein writes:

"It was nice," Auguste said. "The facility got redone and is real nice and Coach Cooley is a cool dude. He keeps it real."

Auguste holds offers from Penn State, Oregon State, DePaul, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia but said Providence has been making a strong push recently.

"They've been recruiting me a lot harder in the last couple of weeks," he said. "They just said they're trying to rebuild the program."

Auguste also said Providence was the only unofficial visit he plans to take this spring.

"I haven't gone on any other visits yet but I'm going to plan some soon," he said. "I think I'm going to wait until after the summer to go though so that I can get more of a feel for the campus when everyone is there."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's recruiting blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.