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Sunday / May 26.
  • Providence adds Chicago State transfer Wesley Cardet Jr.

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Wesley Cardet Jr. is headed to Providence.

    The 6-foot-6 junior guard from Tallahassee, Fla., averaged 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a junior at Chicago State while shooting 44% from the field and 34% from deep.

    Cardet is the fourth incoming transfer for coach Kim English and his staff, following Georgia guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Saint Joseph’s big man Christ Essandoko and Miami guard Bensley Joseph. Cardet and Abdur-Rahim had dinner together Saturday in Providence.

    “For me it’s always the fit and how I’ll be used,” Cardet told ZAGSBLOG. “At 6’6” most coaches automatically view me as a ‘wing’ but that’s not my position. The previous two years I played the lead guard at Chicago State. Coach English has the same vision as my former coach Gillion, which made my decision to be a Friar easy.”

    He added: “I think I’m the best two-way player in college. Friar fans will get a scorer that loves to defend.”

    Cardet began his career at Samford and spent the last two seasons at Chicago State, which underwent a coaching change, with Scott Spinelli coming in to replace Gerald Gillion

    Of the NIL situation at Providence, English is feeling good.

    “Money is not an issue,” English said recently on The Field of 68 podcast. “We’re not going to lose a player. Our biggest donors have really stepped up and made it clear, if we need a player, we’re not going to let money be the issue.” 

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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