Former Kecoughtan star Josh Fortune, who started every game in Providence's Big East championship run, is planning his next move after deciding to transfer.
Angela Fortune, Josh's mother, said her son will begin taking visits next week. First up will be either Colorado or Valparaiso, both of which have offered scholarships. Also in the mix, according to Angela Fortune, are California, Minnesota, Dayton and Purdue.
She said Virginia also expressed interest in her son, but that the Cavaliers have no scholarship to offer at this point.
In what the Providence Journal described as "a puzzling development," Fortune decided to transfer last month. It came as a surprise to Friar followers because Fortune averaged 33 minutes a game.
He averaged 8.4 points a game and scored a career-high 24 in a Big East quarterfinal win over St. John's. At the team's banquet in April, he was named Providence's Most Improved Player.
But Angela Fortune said her son felt the need for a fresh start.
"Honestly, it was for professional reasons," she said. "He believes it's in his best interest to transfer to find, in his words, 'an environment conducive to my academic, athletic and social growth.'
"When he made the decision, there were several schools he was looking at. Now, a lot of schools are actually interested in him. And we're in the process of setting up visits."
As a transfer, Josh Fortune will be required to sit out next season, assuming he ends up at another Division I school. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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