Scout.com has now joined Rivals.com and ESPN by closing out their 2017 recruit rankings. The final rankings by Scout include 9 Big East commitments among the Top-100 and two Providence pledges made the cut, while the third was just on the outside of the line. Makai Ashton-Langford got his highest ranking of the three major services by finishing 33rd with Scout. Nate Watson also got his highest ranking among the “big three”, finishing 66th. Dajour Dickens finished as a 4-star center but was listed 3 slots outside the 100th-ranked player.
Providence will have two of their committed 2017 recruits compete in the inaugural Allen Iverson Roundball Classic in Hampton Roads, VA. Brewster Academy point guard Makai Ashton-Langford and Bethel HS center Dajour Dickens will take part in the game that will be played on Friday, April 21st at 7pm. You can catch the game at the below stream via SUVtv.
Rivals closed the book on the Class of 2017 last week as those players get set to graduate onto college in the Fall. On Tuesday Rivals updated their Class of 2018 Top 150 a few days ahead of the first Live Recruiting Period of April. Providence fans will recognize many of the names below, including some talented local products who have continued to move up in the rankings. The Friar coaching staff figures to see many of these talented rising seniors in action over the next several months when the all important grassroots season kicks off on Friday.
Providence Recruits in the Top 150:
The NCAA Tournament returns to Providence in 2021, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. Providence College will serve as the host at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. Those games will be played on March 18 and March 20th of 2021. This will be the fourth time the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has been the site for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. The other times were 2016, 2010, 1996 and 1989. The Dunk has also been the site of the East Regional games in 1985, 1978 and 1975.
It’s that time of year when all the various scouting services finalize their recruit rankings for the senior class as the recruiting scene shifts fully to the juniors, sophomores and even the high school freshman with the grassroots season imminently upon us. Rivals relesed their final Top 150 last week and Providence had all three of their committed recruits inside the marker, including Makai Ashton-Langford and Nate Watson both being inside the top 85. Dajour Dickens was ranked 121st by that publication. Watson finishes with ESPN as 4-star center with a grade of 82. He’s ranked 20th nationally in the center category. Dickens finishes with ESPN as a 3-star center with a grade of 76. He’s ranked 42nd nationally in the center category.
All in all, the Big East had 16 commitments in Rivals Top 150. ESPN’s final Top 100 wasn’t as kind to the Friars or the league. Providence’s lone representation in the final ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2017 is Ashton-Langford, who does get a little boost up to 36 from the 44th by Rivals. The Big East only has 7 of their commitments inside the Top 100 line and it should be noted that there are players ranked inside the Top-70 by Rivals who aren’t on ESPN’s Top 100, so it isn’t just players ranked in the 101-150 range missing from ESPN’s list.
2017 Top 100 Big East Notables
Even though Providence may not be done adding players to next season’s roster the three players they have signed in the Class of 2017 all finished inside the Top 150 in the final release by Rivals.com out on Wednesday. Not only did Makai Ashton-Langford, Nate Watson and Dajour Dickens all finish in the top 150, but Ashton-Langford was in the Top-45 and Watson the Top-85. The Big East also had a very good recruiting haul and there are still a few uncommitted players in Rivals’ Top 150 that some Big East programs remain in the mix for.
2017 Top 150 Big East Notables
Ed Cooley and Providence got great news on April 10th when Makai Ashton-Langford called the Friar head coach from his dorm room at Brewster Academy to commit after getting his release from UConn nearly two weeks prior. Ashton-Langford cannot sign a second National Letter of Intent because NLI rules prohibit an athlete from signing more than one per calendar year. Instead, Ashton-Langford signed a grant-in-aid package with Providence. Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith tweeted that Ashton-Langford signed his scholarship paperwork on Wednesday making his commitment to Providence official.