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.
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
Nearly three weeks after ESPN and Scout updated their rankings for the Class of 2017, Rivals has now done the same, bringing all three of the major recruiting services up to date, post-summer grassroots season. Rivals released the updated rankings on Tuesday. Unlike ESPN and Scout, Rivals ranks a Top 150 instead of just a Top 100. Providence’s lone commitment in the class didn’t make either Top 100, but Dajour Dickens is in Rivals’ Top 150. The Big East has a total of 6 commits inside the Top 100 as compared to 4 on ESPN’s and 5 on Scout’s Top 100’s. There are also 3 players committed to Big East schools in the 101-150 range of Rivals’ rankings.
Here’s where Providence’s commit and recruits fit on both lists, along with some notable Big East commits and former Providence targets:
After releasing their updated Top 100 for the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, ESPN dropped their Top 60 for the Class of 2018 on Thursday. The Friars have already been recruiting the Class of 2018 in earnest with first direct contact for these rising juniors occurring on June 15th. With the current roster construction and scholarship situation, Ed Cooley and his staff have 5 open scholarships for the 2018-19 season. However that doesn’t account for the potential for Providence to add at least one more player to their 2017 recruiting class. Here are the Providence recruits that made ESPN’s Top 60 in the Class of 2018:
- #7 – Khavon Moore – SF – Westside HS/Macon, GA
- #10 – Naz Reid – PF – Roselle Catholic/Neptune, NJ
- #16 – Hameir Wright – SF – The Albany Academy/Albany, NY
- #21 – Keldon Johnson – SG – Huntington Prep/South Hill, VA
- #27 – Jalen Smith – PF – Mount St. Joseph/Baltimore, MD
- #45 – Kiyon Boyd – SG – Woodson/Washington DC
- #49 – Devon Dotson – PG – Providence Day/Charlotte, NC
- #56 – Isaiah Mucius – WF – St. James/Patchogue, NY
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With summer winding down and players heading back to their high schools and prep schools ESPN and Scout have released updated versions of the Top 100’s for the Class of 2017. The rising seniors on these lists are still mostly uncommitted with 36 and 38 of the 100 committed on ESPN’s and Scout’s lists, respectively. The Big East has 4 commits in ESPN’s Top 100 and 5 in Scout’s. The two services differ largely on where Providence’s top big man recruit ranks, but they are in relative agreement about the Friar’s top guard recruit. Here’s where Providence recruits fit on both lists, along with some notable Big East commits and former Providence targets:
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