June 15th at 12:00am marked the first time that coaches could directly contact members of the class of 2019 — rising high school juniors. Ed Cooley and his staff worked the phones all day and reached out to a number of targets. The annual tradition with each rising junior class leads to a bevy of tweets about interest and offers and the Providence staff made their fair share of contact already with the class of 2019. A bigger deal is made of this first contact period but it does give media members and fans an idea about which players Providence is prioritizing and trying to build a relationship with between now and the early signing period for this class in November of 2018. Let’s take a look at some of the new and notable names that heard from the Friars on June 15th.
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 and expanded Class of 2019 rankings on Thursday. The previous rankings were only a Top 60. The Friar staff is still looking into adding a player for next season and the main focus beyond that is the Class of 2018, but it’s key for relationship building to start as early as possible. Unlimited electronic communication just started for coaches and members of the 2019 class on June 15th at midnight. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2019 on Scout’s latest Top 100:
Providence has several recruits among the 108 players attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 camp being held June 13th through 18th at the University of Virginia. This event is typically chock full of talented players in the rising senior and junior classes and it’s no different in 2017. Providence incoming freshman Makai Ashton-Langford attended this camp last year. One other interesting thing to note that usually happens at this event is the June 15th date for coaches to begin to have direct and unlimited contact with rising juniors. That begins at midnight on Thursday. The camp begins today and runs through Sunday.
Here is a list of Providence recruits attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 Camp:
Rivals expanded and updated their class of 2019 recruit rankings on Thursday with with mere hours to go until the start of the first April live period. The recruiting service bumped the rising junior class rankings from a Top 75 to a Top 100 and there proved to be little change in terms of where Providence’s recruits were ranked. A few new names were added to the mix with the additional 25 ranked spots and Providence has already cast a net over some very talented players who will be evaluated more closely in the upcoming months on the various grassroots circuits beginning on Friday.
Recruiting never stops, even during the course of the college basketball season. That was especially true between Providence’s game on December 10th against UMass and now. Ed Cooley and his staff hit the road shortly after that win over UMass last Saturday and they’ve used the extra time during the final exam break to go see some of their top recruits in action. Cooley was spotted at DeMatha Catholic on Saturday and Sunday where he took in the action and specifically watched 2017 commit Nate Watson and 2018 target Hameir Wright. Watson is already in the fold and is having a very good senior season at Bishop O’Connell.
Providence’s first public appearance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the 2016-17 season is about a week away when the Friars will play an exhibition game against Canadian school Carleton University on October 29th. The season being right around the corner doesn’t mean that the Providence coaching staff has taken their foot off the pedal on the recruiting trail, though. Providence extended an offer to a 2019 big man this week and has recently expressed interest in some new names in the class of 2018. Let’s learn more about these new Providence targets.
It’s September 27th and Providence has two commitments for the Class of 2017 to fill the two scholarships that were available for next year’s roster at the present. While the coaching staff hasn’t totally stopped keeping tabs on 2017 targets, much of the recruiting attention has already shifted to both the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019. As of today, pcbb1917.com now has a “Class of 2019” page. There are only 8 recruits there right now compared to over 30 on the page for the Class of 2018, so let’s take this opportunity to meet some of the players the Providence coaching staff has already identified — and offered in many cases — from the class of current high school sophomores.