Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including coverage from Big East Media Day, the return of the PC/UConn rivalry, a shout out to Ed Cooley from Kenpom and more.
Big East Media Day Coverage
Big East Media Day was once again held on the floor at Madison Square Garden for the second year in a row. The league would love to do it every year, but it’s dependent on the other MSG tenants’ schedules, namely the Knicks and Rangers. Kalif Young was supposed to be the fourth Friar player in attendance, but he remains sidelined by headache issues. The quick recap is that Providence was picked 4th in the preseason poll and Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock were named to the preseason Second Team All-Big East.
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Each October the college basketball season typically kicks off around the country on college campuses with Late Night Madness festivities. Typically the events are a great way for coaching staffs to bring recruits onto campus to show them the facilities, school spirit and be part of a fun environment of dunk contests and live concerts. Providence’s Late Night Madness will be no different, except that there will be an extra air of celebration over the occasion after Ed Cooley locked up Providence native David Duke to put icing on the 2018 recruiting class cake that already included Duke’s Mass Rivals teammate AJ Reeves, North Carolina shooting forward Kris Monroe and burgeoning South Carolina big man Jimmy Nichols. Providence is hosting Reeves and Monroe for official visits this weekend and Duke, home from Cushing Academy to make his commitment announcement on his birthday Friday, will also be in attendance. Cooley is sure to have a rather large smile on his face on Saturday night as the future looks quite bright in Friartown.
My annual disclaimer: many of the names you will see of players in attendance will never actually be recruited by Providence. Grassroots programs bring a van-load of kids to these events because they are entertaining and it’s a chance for kids to see a school’s facilities a little bit. From Providence’s standpoint, it can’t hurt to have players on your campus. You never know who will be the next breakout star from Mass Rivals, so having a player that is 3 or 4 years away from finishing high school on your campus for a marquee recruiting event makes sense.
As I mentioned, Duke, Reeves and Monroe are going to be in attendance. Mass Rivals will also have a large contingent. Here are the names I know about:
- David Duke 2018
- Kris Monroe 2018
- AJ Reeves 2018
- Akok Akok 2019
- Wildens Leveque
- Hassan Diarra 2020 (Mamadou’s younger brother)
- DeMarr Langford 2020 (Makai’s younger brother)
- Kareem Reid 2020
- Anthony Thomas 2020
- Gianni Thompson 2021
- Jonathan Guerrero 2022
I’ll update the visitors list as more names become known.
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Ed Cooley has landed hometown guard David Duke to add a second top-50 player out of the Mass Rivals pipeline to Providence’s 2018 recruiting class. Duke, who announced his decision via social media on Friday — his 18th birthday– chose the Friars over Virginia Tech after also considering Indiana, Florida and Villanova as a final 5. He joins AJ Reeves, Kris Monroe and Jimmy Nichols as committed recruits for the 2018-19 season. Duke’s recruitment had Friar fans on pins and needles, especially as his ranking and profile began to soar after transferring away from local public school Classical High School to Cushing Academy 75 miles north in Ashburnham, MA and spending the last two Spring’s and Summer’s on the adidas circuit with Mass Rivals.
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The Providence Friars have become a constant fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Ed Cooley has taken a program that hadn’t been to the Big Dance since 2004 to a school-record four straight NCAA Tournaments. He also has a roster that is poised for a fifth consecutive appearance in 2017-18, though college basketball betting odds offered by sportsbooks don’t appear too highly on the Friars’ chances of actually winning the whole damn thing. That’s where recruiting comes in.
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Providence has added yet another versatile player to their 2018 recruiting class with the news that Conway, SC forward Jimmy Nichols has chosen Providence over Miami and South Carolina. Nichols announced his decision on WPDE-15, the local ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, Tuesday night after taking his official visit to Friartown September 1st through 3rd. The plan was for Nichols to visit South Carolina this upcoming weekend and then Miami at the end of the month, but Nichols apparently saw enough while on his visit to Providence that he shut down his recruitment and pledged to Ed Cooley. Nichols now makes three committed recruits for 2018 to go with AJ Reeves and Kris Monroe.
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Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, which includes news about a former Friar, a pair of official visitors, new 2019 offers and more.
Ben Bentil Heading to France
Former Friar Ben Bentil, who has been working out and taking classes at Providence this Summer, is taking his talents to France this season. He signed with Chalons-Reims in the French Pro A league after playing just 3 games with the San Antonio Spurs between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City NBA Summer Leagues. Bentil played 3 games last season in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during a 10-day contract after he returned from a stint in China that included 11 games with Xinjiang Guanghui in which Bentil averaged 13.7 points/game and 4.8 rebounds/game. Bentil scored 19 points in his preseason debut with Chalons-Reims on Thursday against Brussels.
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Here are some Providence news and notes from the week.
LaDontae Henton to Sign with LA Clippers
Friar legend LaDontae Henton will sign a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days.com.
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