Providence Adds Baker, Keeps Cotton

If you’re confused about who’s coming and who’s going from the Providence basketball team these days, you’re not alone.

After some back and forth, Arlington (Fla.) Country Day point guard Ian Baker told he has committed to the Friars and will join the team next year along with a recruiting class of Kris Dunn, Ricky Ledo and Josh Fortune.

“I did commit,” the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Baker told “The thing I liked about Providence the most is my relationship with the head coach. It also seems like a great place. I’m going to be comfortable and have the opportunity to play right away according to coach [Ed] Cooley.”

Providence also announced Wednesday that sopomore guard Bryce Cotton (pictured) will return.

“I am fully committed to our basketball program and I am excited about the direction the program is headed in,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing my education and graduating from Providence College.”

Last week, Providence announced that Bilal Dixon, Gerard Coleman and Ron Giplaye would all transfer.

As reported by, the 6-9 Dixon, a Jersey City, N.J., native, will visit Towson on Friday. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Providence is also in the mix for 6-8 Monroe (N.Y.) College forward Orlando Sanchez, who visits April 17-18, and 6-9 shot-blocker Chris Obekpa of Our Savior New American, who is also considering St. John’s, Cincinnati and Oregon, among others.

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