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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Providence a 9-Seed in Joe Lunardi’s June 1st Bracket Release

I know, I know. It’s June 1st. There are 284 days — but who’s counting — until Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. And I’m sure that if you asked Joe Lunardi if he wants to be putting out a June 1st bracket he’d say he’s just happy he didn’t get laid off by ESPN. Moving right along…

Providence found their way into Lunardi’s June 1st field as a 9-seed in the East region facing off against Oregon in Charlotte, NC.

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2018 AJ Reeves Cuts List

Brimmer and May and Mass Rivals 2018 guard AJ Reeves has cut his list to four schools on Wednesday. Reeves’ list consists of Louisville, Providence, Villanova and Virginia. He has long been one of the most highly ranked players in New England and Reeves is ranked 3rd in the current New England Class of 2018 rankings by NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com. 247Sports’ composite national ranking for Reeves is currently 73rd with his highest ranking of the major services being 54th by Rivals.com.

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Providence Released 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule

Providence’s non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season was released on Thursday and the season will start with a rare occurrence: Providence playing a regular season game at Mullaney Gymnasium at Alumni Hall. Providence opens the season on November 10th and they will play their first non-exhibition game on campus since 1972. The schedule also includes a game against Minnesota as part of the third annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, a game against Houston at Mohegan Sun and the traditional in-state rivalry game with the Rhode Island Rams on the first Saturday of December. Stay tuned to the site for a full analysis and breakdown of each of Providence’s non-conference opponents.

Here’s the full non-conference schedule (note you can subscribe to the pcbb1917.com calendar at that link to get all games and other Friar hoops events, like Ed Cooley radio show dates, on your phone’s calendar):

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The Big East Figures to be Powerhouse League in 2017-18

It’s May 25th. The NBA Draft declaration dust has officially settled, as of 11:59pm last night, and it’s time to take an early look at the Big East conference for the 2017-18 season. There are 170 days between now and the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season on Friday, November 10th.  So, yes,  there could still be roster changes that impact next season, but we now know which key players are going pro and which key players are returning to school.

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