Friar Friday Recruiting News & Notes with Quotes from 2018 Commit Kris Monroe

Here are some recruiting news, notes and quotes from newest Providence commit Kris Monroe.

Kris Monroe Talks Providence Commitment

The sleepy summer for college basketball fans has been anything but sleepy for those following recruiting news, especially those interested Providence observers. July is always a busy month on the recruiting calendar with coaches and recruits alike crisscrossing the country for the three live evaluation periods that culminated on July 30th with many of the top prospects playing in Las Vegas. But it was the first week in August that gave Friar fans a jolt of news when 2018 Kris Monroe chose to commit despite never visiting the campus.

So, why did the 6’7 Monroe opt to end his recruitment on August 4th without cutting his list or taking official visits?

“I chose Providence mostly because of the coaching staff,” Monroe told pcbb1917.com. He continued, “I built a great relationship with Coach Cooley and Coach Battle and I felt it was the perfect place for me to be.” Providence’s message to Monroe was that he “was a priority and…had a chance to be really special under Coach Cooley.”

He compared his game to current NBA-ers Joe Johnson and Carmelo Anthony. “My game is extremely versatile. I can score easily from all three levels and I can really shoot the ball,” said Monroe. Despite being committed, Monroe does plan to take a trip to Providence in September and he also wants to be on campus for Late Night Madness in October.

Noah Locke Sets Four Official Visit Dates

2018 shooter Noah Locke chopped his list of over 30 scholarship offers down to a final 8 on August 1st. This past Wednesday, Locke revealed to FloHoops.com that he has four of his five official visits set. Here’s a snip from that article:

As for official visits, those are almost all finalized:

August 31: Providence
September 9: Xavier
September 16: Michigan
September 30: Florida

The fifth and final official visit will be determined at a later date. Due to proximity to home, Maryland will likely be an unofficial visit in the coming weeks.

It’s always hard to determine if being the first visit is a good or bad thing, but Cooley and staff will get a chance to lay their best and final pitch to Locke and his parents on the Providence campus, which is something not all 8 schools on Locke’s final list will get the chance to do.

David Duke Close to a Commitment?

It wouldn’t be a recruiting post without some mention of 2018 Providence native David Duke. Duke, who was ranked 65th in the country in Scout.com’s latest update of their 2018 recruit rankings on Friday, has long been thought to want to commit before heading back to Cushing Academy for his final year. Whether or not that happens, Providence is still believed to be the favorite to land the versatile Mass Rivals guard. Duke just returned from participating, alongside AJ Reeves, in the adidas Nations tournament in Houston.

Providence Targets New Scout.com Rankings

I mentioned above that Scout.com came out with an updated 2018 recruit rankings on Friday. Here is where some names connected to Providence fared:

  • #42 – AJ Reeves
  • #58 – Landers Nolley
  • #64 – Darius Days
  • #65 – David Duke
  • #70 – Khavon Moore
  • #87 – Noah Locke
  • #111 – Jimmy Nichols

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