It’s September 27th and Providence has two commitments for the Class of 2017 to fill the two scholarships that were available for next year’s roster at the present. While the coaching staff hasn’t totally stopped keeping tabs on 2017 targets, much of the recruiting attention has already shifted to both the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019. As of today, pcbb1917.com now has a “Class of 2019” page. There are only 8 recruits there right now compared to over 30 on the page for the Class of 2018, so let’s take this opportunity to meet some of the players the Providence coaching staff has already identified — and offered in many cases — from the class of current high school sophomores.
- ICYMI – Providence Continues Pursuit of Highly Ranked Recruits
- BigEastCoastBias.com – Chris Grenham – 2016-2017 Big East Nonconference Schedule Analysis: Providence Friars
- UpsideMotor.com – Andrew Ford – Kris Dunn’s defensive prowess could propel Timberwolves to next level defensively
Ed Cooley is not scared of a little competition. And to be clear, going toe-to-toe with schools like Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, NC State and others of that ilk isn’t the kind of thing that would normally be classified as “little competition”. Cooley has been fearless when taking on larger and more established programs when he and his staff identify a recruit they really want. If you’re a fan of a program not named Duke or Kentucky, then you’re probably used to losing recruiting battles, especially when schools like Duke and Kentucky get involved. Cooley doesn’t care. He’s going to keep his head down and keep building a relationship with the player, the player’s parents, coaches, handlers, siblings, grandparents, dog walker, etc.
- ICYMI – Providence Continues to Make Late Night Madness a Big-time Event in Friartown
- ICYMI – Ed Cooley One of Five New Appointees to NABC Board of Directors
- Bleacher Report – Kerry Miller – College Basketball Players Tasked with Replacing Last Year’s Biggest Stars
- Providence Mini Plans are now on sale for the 2016-17 basketball season. Click here to see the various plans.
- FairfieldStags.com – Johnson, Cooley, Rothstein Comprise College Basketball All-Access Panel
- Friars.com – Cross Country Moves Up In National Poll, Women Ranked 2nd
Ed Cooley has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors for the 2016-17 season, the organization announced on Wednesday. Cooley joins Bill Coen (Northeastern), Frank Martin (South Carolina), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Gary Waters (Cleveland State) as five new appointees for this year. The NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog Allen” and the main purpose of the organization is “to further the best interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport.” The NABC founded such programs as Coaches vs. Cancer, Reese’s College All-Star Game, which LaDontae Henton participated in back in 2015, and is involved in governance of NCAA basketball at all three levels.
“We are very pleased that Bill Coen, Ed Cooley, Frank Martin, Matt Painter and Gary Waters have agreed to join our board of directors,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. “They have all been active with committees and various NABC initiatives while bringing a broad perspective and additional diversity to our board.”