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.
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.
It’s clearly rankings update season with Scout updating both 2018 and 2019 rankings recently and now ESPN is getting in on the act. There’s been plenty of competitive basketball between two live periods in April, some camps and non-live events in April, May and June and all the services like to update their rankings before the crucial July live periods get underway. Providence currently has five openings for 2018 and Ed Cooley and his staff are still in the running for tons of talented rising seniors, despite getting cut out of Portsmouth-native Cole Swider’s final four schools on Sunday. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on ESPN’s latest Top 100:
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:
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 Class of 2018 rankings. Providence’s focus in the Class of 2018 is beginning to become clearer and many of their top targets appear inside Scout’s Top 100. Some key targets moved up into the top 50, while another local made his debut in Scout’s Top 100. This is shaping up to be a critical class for Ed Cooley and, as of now, he has five openings for 2018. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on Scout’s latest Top 100:
Brimmer and May and Mass Rivals 2018 guard AJ Reeves has cut his list to four schools on Wednesday. Reeves’ list consists of Louisville, Providence, Villanova and Virginia. He has long been one of the most highly ranked players in New England and Reeves is ranked 3rd in the current New England Class of 2018 rankings by NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com. 247Sports’ composite national ranking for Reeves is currently 73rd with his highest ranking of the major services being 54th by Rivals.com.
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2018 wing Cole Swider announced that he has cut his list to 8 schools on Wednesday. Creighton, Indiana, Miami, Michigan, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier made the cut. Swider, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Rhode Island recently for his play at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, has decided to trim some of the multitude of offers he has received to a more manageable number shortly after the end of the second live recruiting period of April. During those two weekends in April, Swider ran with BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit in Hampton, VA and then Indianapolis, IN.