Providence is looking to add to their 2019 recruiting class that was kicked off by the commitment of North Carolina wing forward, Greg Gantt in late July. Whereas Gantt committed without ever visiting the Providence campus, 2019 guard Al-Amir Dawes is set to begin his official visit to Friartown on Thursday, per Pat Lawless at PrepCircuit.com. Dawes has had a lot of interaction with the Providence staff already this month with an unofficial visit to campus in the first week of September followed by a visit to The Patrick School by the Friars the next week. Dawes cut his list down to 8 schools less than two weeks ago and, according to the PrepCircuit.com article, plans to visit Clemson and UConn after his trip to Providence.
Dawes plans to make a decision before the high school season begins, so Friar fans should keep a close eye on his visits over the next few weeks. The Friars are also chasing hard after 2019 Akok Akok with Ed Cooley and Brian Blaney stopping by Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut earlier this week to see the 5-star forward. Providence currently has two open scholarships for the 2019-20 season.
The 2018-19 Big East schedule was released on Thursday during an episode of Big East Shootaround featuring John Fanta, Stu Jackson and Andy Katz. The Friars will open league play in the friendly confines of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Providence will welcome the Creighton Bluejays for a New Year’s Eve matinee to kickoff their league year. The first game of 2019 for Ed Cooley’s crew will feature the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats after 4 days off. Other highlights include a return to Madison Square Garden to play St. John’s, a trip to the newly renovated Finneran Pavilion at Villanova, a FOX clash against Xavier in mid-February at home and the season finale will be against Butler at the Dunk.
With the live periods of July coming to a class a few weeks back 247Sports decided it was time to do a full Class of 2019 rankings update and some Providence targets moved around quite a bit, including a Friar commit.
Here are players Providence is involved within the Class of 2019 on 247Sports’ latest Top247:
Providence will depart on their team trip to Italy on Tuesday evening from JFK International airport in New York after practicing for a final time state-side at Big East compatriot St. John’s facilities in Queens. The Friars will travel to Milan, Lake Como, Pesaro, Florence and Rome over the course of the 10-day trip — allowed by the NCAA every 4 years — before returning to Boston’s Logan airport on August 24th. In between the pasta and culture there will also be four games played (August 16th, August 18th, August 22nd and August 23rd).
Providence basketball will be back on the airwaves of WPRO starting with the 2018-19 season, Bob Driscoll announced Monday morning on the Tara Granahan show. John Rooke and Joe Hassett will continue to be the voice of Friar basketball. The Friars were last with WPRO in 2002-03.
Providence got their 2019 recruiting class started with a bang on Friday as Ed Cooley landed a commitment from top-60 wing Greg Gantt. Gantt made the announcement via his social media pages while in Las Vegas for the final live recruiting period of the Summer. Providence assistant Jeff Battle was the lead assistant on Gantt’s recruitment. The Friars are looking to back up their 2018 recruiting haul that was ranked 20th overall and 2nd in the Big East by 247Sports composite national ranking and Gantt gets them off to a great start.
Providence updated their website last week and part of the overhaul included an updated 2018-19 roster for the men’s basketball team. The Friars added four new names and five old names from 2017-18 are gone. Here’s the 2018-19 Providence Friars roster as of July 19, 2018: