2018 wing Khavon Moore has cut his list down to 12 schools ahead of the all-important July live periods that begin later this week. Moore’s list of schools is Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Marquette, Mercer, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC. The talented wing guard is one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class. During the spring live periods Moore ran with the Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour Association and played a few games with Nike South Beach on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Providence kicked off their 2018 recruiting with a bang on Sunday when top-50 AJ Reeves gave his commitment to Ed Cooley ahead of Providence’s annual Elite Camp. Reeves’ commitment makes it two consecutive Providence commits from the Mass Rivals grassroots program, a pipeline that Cooley and the Friars are hoping to tap further in 2018 with David Duke. Reeves had cut his list to a final four on May 31st with the Friars being joined by Louisville, Villanova and Virginia.
Providence lost out on Makai Ashton-Langford the first go-round when the Worcester native committed to UConn and Kevin Ollie in September. This time Ed Cooley closed the deal and got a commitment from Ashton-Langford shortly after he was on campus for an official visit. Cooley built up a great relationship with both the player and the parents when chasing the Mass Rivals point guard the last several years and it appears that relationship was the key to Providence securing the services of the top-35 player. Ashton-Langford took an official visit starting April 7th after Cooley went up to Brewster Academy to meet with him on the first day coaches could be back on the road recruiting after the Final Four dead period.
Perhaps Friar fans thought the most meaningful on-campus visitor to Friartown in October would be Shaquille O’Neal at this year’s Late Night Madness on October 14th. Those fans would be mistaken. Just a week removed from DJ Diesel spinning beats to entertain Providence students and recruits alike, the Friars got a visit from a top-10 recruit in the class of 2018 when 6’8 wing Khavon Moore tripped up from Georgia to see the Providence campus on Saturday.
Late Night Madness festivities have become much less about the official beginning of the college basketball season, which is how the tradition began in 1971 at Maryland. These gaudy events are now much more heavily geared towards impressing recruits and the Friars will do their best to make a splash with the top 2018 target in the state of Rhode Island on Saturday night. Cole Swider, the 6’8 sharp-shooter from Portsmouth, will be in attendance and is currently ranked as the #1 recruit in Rhode Island by ESPN. Swider has a 247Sports Composite National Ranking of 70th in the class of 2018. The Friars offered the St. Andrew’s wing back in June, though they’ve been tracking him for much longer. Swider has also been familiar with the in-state Friars much longer than just a few months ago. He attended Providence’s Elite Camp the last two years and was in attendance for Bill Raftery and Ludacris at the 2015 Late Night Madness on Providence’s campus. This year, Providence is bringing in Shaquille O’Neal a.k.a. DJ Diesel to perform around 9pm and Providence Hall of Famer Doris Burke of ESPN will be the emcee for the evening. Doors to Mullaney Gym open at 6:45pm Saturday night.
On the heels of Providence’s top guard target in 2017 announcing his official visit dates to his final three schools, Providence got some more good news with their top big man target setting an official visit date to come visit Friartown. 2017 Nate Watson cut his list down to a final seven about three weeks ago with all seven besides North Carolina having already offered. On Monday, Watson’s visit dates were announced by Josh Stirn of 247Sports.com. Watson currently has five visits scheduled with just Kansas and North Carolina not having dates set. UPDATE: Watson cut his list from 7 to 5 on Tuesday and cut Kansas and UNC. As previously reported, Watson will take visits to NC State and Wake Forest while he is in North Carolina for a family party. The NC State visit is an official and is set for August 22nd and the Wake Forest trip will be unofficial on August 24th.
Providence got some good news on the recruiting front after another loss on the court when 2017 Dajour Dickens officially committed to Ed Cooley and the Friars. The news comes directly from Dickens himself this time after a false start report last Friday. Dickens is a Virginia native and stands at 6’11. He visited Providence for the Georgetown game on February 13th and evidently liked what he saw. Dickens is enrolled at Bethel High School and runs with famed grassroots program Boo Williams.