A couple weeks after cutting his list down to 8, 2018 Noah Locke has set his five official visits. Locke will take a trip to Ohio State next week on Tuesday to kick things off followed by a visit to Providence on August 31st. The other three visits will be to Xavier on September 9th, Michigan on September 16th and Florida on September 30th. Zagsblog.com first reported the scheduled visits.
Garner Road and Conway High School 2018 guard Jimmy Nichols released his list of his top 3 schools Tuesday via his Twitter account. Nichols included Miami and Providence along with hometown South Carolina.
Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals 2018 guard David Duke released his list of his top 5 schools on Monday night. Duke tweeted out that he’s considering Florida, Indiana, Providence, Villanova and Virginia Tech. Duke is a Providence native and attended Classical High School prior to transferring to Cushing Academy last summer and reclassifying from 2017 to 2018. He used last summer and last school year to make dramatic improvements to his game and the recruiting attention followed.
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?
The Rock School and Florida Vipers 2018 forward Darius Days released his list of his top 11 schools on Tuesday. Days named Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Providence, Texas A&M and Wichita State to his list. 247Sports’ composite national ranking for Days is currently 74. Providence offered Days on April 30th.
Ed Cooley and the Friars added another early 2018 commitment with 2018 shooting forward Kris Monroe pledged to Providence Thursday night via his Twitter account. Providence assistant Jeff Battle was the lead on Monroe who is from Raleigh, NC. The Friars offered the 6’7 Monroe last July.
— Kris 〽️onroe (@_kjm21) August 4, 2017
Monroe ran with Team Wall and was a player Cooley tracked personally often in the critical recruiting month of July. Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, in an article recapping the last Friday of the July live periods wrote “I was impressed by Monroe’s unique blend of physical play and shot making. He looks like a college player already and has really added more skill to his perimeter game.”
— Team Wall Basketball (@TeamWallElite) August 4, 2017
Monroe joins AJ Reeves in Providence’s 2018 recruiting class. That leaves Cooley with 3 more open scholarships as of now. Cooley’s next key recruit is Providence native David Duke who is with Reeves in Houston this weekend for the adidas Nations event.
More to come on Monroe.
2018 shooter Noah Locke cut his list down to 8 schools on Wednesday after having an impressive spring and summer on the grassroots circuits. The native of Baltimore has trimmed things down to Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Providence, Virginia and Xavier. Locke attended Providence’s Elite Camp in 2016, which is when he received the offer from Ed Cooley. He also took in the Friars’ game at the Verizon Center against Georgetown in January. Providence assistant coaches Ivan Thomas, the lead on Locke, and Jeff Battle both completed an in-home visit with Locke and his family in April. Cooley was unable to attend due to the death of his sister. The Friars were the first school to offer Locke of the 8 on his list.