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Providence Recruiting Update: Class of 2019 Phones Ringing

June 15th at 12:00am marked the first time that coaches could directly contact members of the class of 2019 — rising high school juniors. Ed Cooley and his staff worked the phones all day and reached out to a number of targets. The annual tradition with each rising junior class leads to a bevy of tweets about interest and offers and the Providence staff made their fair share of contact already with the class of 2019. A bigger deal is made of this first contact period but it does give media members and fans an idea about which players Providence is prioritizing and trying to build a relationship with between now and the early signing period for this class in November of 2018. Let’s take a look at some of the new and notable names that heard from the Friars on June 15th.

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ESPN Released Updated Class of 2018 Top 100 Player Rankings

It’s clearly rankings update season with Scout updating both 2018 and 2019 rankings recently and now ESPN is getting in on the act. There’s been plenty of competitive basketball between two live periods in April, some camps and non-live events in April, May and June and all the services like to update their rankings before the crucial July live periods get underway. Providence currently has five openings for 2018 and Ed Cooley and his staff are still in the running for tons of talented rising seniors, despite getting cut out of Portsmouth-native Cole Swider’s final four schools on Sunday. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on ESPN’s latest  Top 100:

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Scout’s Updated and Expanded Class of 2019 Top 100 Player Rankings Released

With the Spring live periods of April and the various non-live period events in May in the rear-view mirror Scout.com released an updated and expanded Class of 2019 rankings on Thursday. The previous rankings were only a Top 60. The Friar staff is still looking into adding a player for next season and the main focus beyond that is the Class of 2018, but it’s key for relationship building to start as early as possible. Unlimited electronic communication just started for coaches and members of the 2019 class on June 15th at midnight. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2019 on Scout’s latest  Top 100:

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Providence Recruits Attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 Camp

Providence has several recruits among the 108 players attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 camp being held June 13th through 18th at the University of Virginia. This event is typically chock full of talented players in the rising senior and junior classes and it’s no different in 2017. Providence incoming freshman Makai Ashton-Langford attended this camp last year. One other interesting thing to note that usually happens at this event is the June 15th date for coaches to begin to have direct and unlimited contact with rising juniors. That begins at midnight on Thursday. The camp begins today and runs through Sunday.

Here is a list of Providence recruits attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 Camp:

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Scout’s Updated Class of 2018 Top 100 Player Rankings Released

With the Spring live periods of April and the various non-live period events in May in the rear-view mirror Scout.com released an updated Class of 2018 rankings. Providence’s focus in the Class of 2018 is beginning to become clearer and many of their top targets appear inside Scout’s Top 100. Some key targets moved up into the top 50, while another local made his debut in Scout’s Top 100. This is shaping up to be a critical class for Ed Cooley and, as of now, he has five openings for 2018. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on Scout’s latest  Top 100:

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Providence Guards Drew Edwards and Maliek White to Travel to Spain in August

Providence announced on Wednesday that junior guard Drew Edwards and sophomore guard Maliek White will travel to Madrid, Spain in August as members of the 2017 USA East Coast team. Edwards and White will play for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown during this 5-day trip from August 7th through the 12th.

The USA East Coast team will have a training camp on August 5th and 6th and will take on national teams from Japan, Mexico, Senegal and Venezuela while in Spain. Edwards and Jalen Lindsey did a similar trip in the summer of 2015 with Global Sports Academy. That trip was to Croatia. This year’s trip should be especially good for Edwards who missed most of last season after a slow recovery from offseason knee surgery that occurred about a year ago.

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Providence 2017-18 Roster Rundown

Providence dropped their updated roster for the 2017-18 season over the weekend. The Friars added four new names and four names from 2016-17 are gone. Some players grew in height and/or weight, while one player shrunk an inch. No returning players changed their number. Here’s the 2017-18 Providence Friars roster as of June 5, 2017:

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