One of the state’s — and the country’s — breakout basketball players of the spring announced his commitment Sunday to Providence.
Garwey Dual, a 6-5 senior-to-be at Carmel, committed to the Friars after taking an official visit to the Big East Conference program last week. Providence was 27-6 last season under coach Ed Cooley and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Kansas.
Dual is currently competing at the 17U Team USA minicamp in Colorado Springs, where 35 invitees are vying to make the 12-player roster, another high honor in a spring full of them. Dual vaulted into the top-100 national rankings from 247Sports (No. 71) and Rivals (No. 82) recently.
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He averaged 6.4 points on 57% shooting and 1.7 steals per game as a junior at Carmel after transferring from Houston. After a few weekends playing with George Hill-All-Indy in the spring, Dual had offers from handful of mid-major programs like IUPUI, Purdue Fort Wayne and UAB.
But that was just the beginning for Dual, who enticed high-major coaches with his ability as an offensive and his combination of quickness and athleticism on defense. He was offered by TCU in May, followed by Arizona State, Fresno State, Providence, VCU, North Carolina State, DePaul, Dayton and Butler.
“Coaches say they like how I play on both sides of the ball,” Dual said earlier this spring. “I can facilitate and score the ball. I see myself as a point guard. I like to pass more than score.”
Dual plays on the same George Hill team with Cathedral’s Xavier Booker, who has also seen a meteoric rise in the national rankings (Booker is ranked No. 2 nationally in the 2023 class by Rivals and No. 4 by 247Sports).
Scouting report on Garwey Dual
Providence is getting the type of player in Dual that the Friars have performed well with under Cooley. He is quick and long and a problem for guards defensively. The area of his game that has really impressed — and perhaps, surprised — college coaches this spring is his ability to create on offense. Dual is lightning-quick with the ball in his hands as a playmaker and is a willing passer who can also create space for himself to score. He did not shoot a lot of 3-pointers for Carmel (11-for-28) but showed that he can knock down the outside shot, too. The best is probably ahead for Dual.
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