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Providence Commits and Recruits at St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic This Weekend

Friar fans in Rhode Island will get another chance to see both David Duke and AJ Reeves in action up close and personal this weekend at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, RI for the annual St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic. Ed Cooley and his staff are likely to be in attendance for many of the games on Friday and Saturday. Some of those games will feature Providence commits David Duke and AJ Reeves. Reeves’ Brimmer & May squad will kick off the event on Friday at 3:45pm against Worcester Academy.

Some Providence recruits that will play this weekend include:

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New 247Sports 2018 Top 247 Player Rankings Released Thursday

247Sports and Scout.com are all under the same umbrella now so these updated player rankings now feature a combination of analysts and scouts from both of those entities and they are separate from the 247Sports Composite National Rankings. Providence’s 2018 recruiting class is well represented with 3 of the 4 commits ranked inside the top 115. The Big East overall is lagging a bit behind their 2017 performance. That year they had 27 commits in the Top 247 at an average ranking of 137. In 2018 the league has 19 commits at an average ranking of 187. Rumors continue to persist that if 21st ranked Jahvon Quinerly is deemed to be free of NCAA wrongdoing in the FBI probe of Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson that Quinerly will land at Villanova, which would help the league recruiting stock.

Here’s how Providence and the Big East did in the latest 247Sports Class of 2018 player rankings:

Providence’s 2018 Commits

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Providence Recruits on Display at Zero Gravity Prep Classic at St. Andrew’s

With two local recruits signed for the 2018 class Friar fans in Rhode Island will get a chance to see both David Duke and AJ Reeves in action up close and personal this weekend at the annual Zero Gravity Prep Classic at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, RI. Ed Cooley and his staff will be a little busy on Saturday afternoon as they take on in-state rival URI, but expect to see some Providence coaches at St. Andrew’s on Friday and Sunday.

Some Providence recruits that will play this weekend include:

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Monday Friar Mailbag: Last 2018 Scholarship, Holt Update & More

Each Monday I’ll do my best to answer some of your questions. The below are actual e-mails and tweets from readers. In some cases I have cleaned up the questions for grammar and/or clarity.

After a week off while honeymooning, the Monday Friar Mailbag returns. I saved some questions from the last version that I’ll answer in this one and I got a bunch of good ones over the weekend. Providence now has a 4-man recruiting class in 2018 with the pledge of David Duke on Friday. A common question has been what will Ed Cooley do with the final open scholarship for 2018. Let’s tackle that first…

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2018 David Duke Commits to Hometown Providence Friars

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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Friar Friday News & Notes: David Duke Commitment Day Edition

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including David Duke commitment day, an Emmitt Holt update and more.

Duke to Commit Friday Evening

This column has been a place for updates and news that have happened over the last week, but I’ll lead off this Friday with something that hasn’t happened yet. 2018 Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals guard David Duke announced on Wednesday that he will commit Friday evening.

We learned later via Kevin McNamara at the Providence Journal that the announcement is expected to come via Duke’s social media accounts. The former Classical High School hero is down to the hometown Friars and Buzz Williams’ Virginia Tech Hokies. The steam picked up on 247Sports Crystal Ball page on Thursday with all but one previous Virginia Tech pick flipping to Providence and some new picks coming out of the clouds for the Friars. I’ve remained optimistic that Duke would end up in black and white. We’ll see if that comes to fruition for the athletic guard who turned 18 on Friday.

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2018 David Duke Cancels Villanova Visit, to Visit Providence Instead

Big news on the David Duke front. The local star guard has cancelled his planned official visit to Villanova and will instead take an official visit to Providence. Duke has taken official visits to Florida — who are likely now out on him due to commitments from two guards, including Noah Locke — and Virginia Tech.