- ICYMI – 2015 Brodricks Jones Will Visit Providence in August
- CBSSports.com – Jon Rothstein – 5 offseason questions on the Big East
- CBSSports.com – Chip Patterson – Big East Summer School: Key players back for Villanova, Georgetown
- HoopsHabit.com – Ezra Siegel – NCAA: Is Kris Dunn The Best Returning Prospect?
- MADEhoops.com – Pat Lawless – The Rise of Wenyen Gabriel
- BigEastCoastBias.com – Christopher Novak – A Big East Coast Bias Study: Who had the toughest nonconference schedules since 2005? Part 1
Providence is continuing the search for big men to come in immediately as part of their recruiting class of 2015. Recent San Diego State decommit Brodricks Jones is the latest target that Ed Cooley is zeroing in on. Jon Rothstein tweeted that Jones plans to visit Providence sometime during the first week of August. Jones currently has dates set for visits to UTEP (August 1st) and Memphis (August 4th). The ideal scenario for the Friars would be to get Jones on campus around August 8th when they plan to host their annual Elite Camp. Jones decommitted from the Aztecs at the end of June shortly after receiving a qualifying SAT score. He originally committed to Steve Fisher on July 31, 2014 and signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2014.
- Cox Hub – USA Basketball A Learning Experience for Cooley
- ScoutFriars.com – Richard Coren – July Recruiting Observations ($)
- Sporting News – Mike DeCourcy – Illinois devastated by second season-ending injury for point guard Tracy Abrams
- Friars.com – College Sets All-Time Ticket Sales Revenue Mark
- ICYMI – Providence Recruiting Update: July Recap, Stock Risers & Wenyen Gabriel
- BigEastCoastBias.com is halfway through the Big East in their projected starting lineup posts. I wrote the Providence one last week and there are also posts about Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette and Butler so far. Get to know some of the Big East teams as they will be constituted for the 2015-16 season.
- ESPN.com – Recruiting Nation – Recruiting confidential: Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones make Vegas leap (insider)
The three live evaluation periods of July are now in the books and the Providence coaching staff logged some heavy frequent flier miles tracking their coveted recruits. Ed Cooley spent much of his time sitting front and center at all Mass Rivals games. Rivals features a number of Providence targets but the grand prize in 2016 is Wenyen Gabriel. Gabriel got the Donovan Mitchell treatment in July. More on that later. Some other Friar prospects took some major steps forward and the influence of newly-hired assistant coach Jeff Battle is becoming more clear as new names are added to Providence’s stable of targets.