PROVIDENCE – In  somewhat of a surprising announcement, Providence College announced Thursday that seven-footer Dajour Dickens has left the men’s basketball program.

The accompanying press release listed Dickens as a sophomore center. As a freshman last season, he appeared in just three games with none of them coming after November 17. In those three games, he averaged two points and one rebound.

In the media notes, it stated that Dickens injured his back but that could have been PC’s way of trying to recoup a fourth year down the line.

PC head coach Ed Cooley was asked about Dickens’ progress when he met with the media last Friday. Dickens had been taking classes as part of the first summer session at Providence.

“Dajour is coming along. We’re going to need him to help us,” Cooley said. “He’s athletic and guards the rim. He’s able to step outside and he’s really worked on his perimeter game. He’s going to be a runner, a screener, and a roller … an alley-oop guy.”

Dickens was the first member of PC’s Class of 2017 to supply a verbal commitment, doing so in February 2016. At that time, he was seen as a rising talent on the recruiting trail with several websites pegging him as a four-star talent.

With Nate Watson heading into his sophomore year at PC and Kalif Young now a junior, it appeared Dickens faced an uphill climb as it relates to meaningful minutes. A Hampton, Va. native, Dickens took in a game at Virginia Tech and visited Virginia and Old Dominion before committing to the Friars.

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