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Providence Among 2018 Hometown Guard David Duke’s Top 5

Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals 2018 guard David Duke released his list of his top 5 schools on Monday night. Duke tweeted out that he’s considering Florida, Indiana, Providence, Villanova and Virginia Tech. Duke is a Providence native and attended Classical High School prior to transferring to Cushing Academy last summer and reclassifying from 2017 to 2018. He used last summer and last school year to make dramatic improvements to his game and the recruiting attention followed. 

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Friar Friday Recruiting News & Notes with Quotes from 2018 Commit Kris Monroe

Here are some recruiting news, notes and quotes from newest Providence commit Kris Monroe.

Kris Monroe Talks Providence Commitment

The sleepy summer for college basketball fans has been anything but sleepy for those following recruiting news, especially those interested Providence observers. July is always a busy month on the recruiting calendar with coaches and recruits alike crisscrossing the country for the three live evaluation periods that culminated on July 30th with many of the top prospects playing in Las Vegas. But it was the first week in August that gave Friar fans a jolt of news when 2018 Kris Monroe chose to commit despite never visiting the campus.

So, why did the 6’7 Monroe opt to end his recruitment on August 4th without cutting his list or taking official visits?

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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Third July 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The third and final July live evaluation period has arrived and the Providence coaching staff will be out and about stalking down talented future Friars all across the country over the next few days. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period begins on July 26th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 30th. To read about why the July live periods are so crucial for recruiting, check out this excellent article by Rob Dauster at College Basketball Talk. The third and final live period is very heavy on events in Las Vegas and don’t be surprised to see the same team criss-crossing all over town to play in more than one event throughout the live period.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event
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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second July 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The second July live evaluation period has arrived and the Providence coaching staff will be out and about stalking down talented future Friars all across the country over the next few days. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period begins on July 19th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 23rd. To read about why the July live periods are so crucial for recruiting, check out this excellent article by Rob Dauster at College Basketball Talk. With all three major shoe company circuits holding their finals events during the first live period, the second live period features more camp events, as well as some more traditional grassroots tournaments with pool and bracketed play all starting and ending this week/weekend.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event
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Providence Recruiting Guide to the First July 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The first July live evaluation period has arrived and the Providence coaching staff will be out and about stalking down talented future Friars all across the country over the next few days. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period begins on July 12th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 16th. To read about why the July live periods are so crucial for recruiting, check out this excellent article by Rob Dauster at College Basketball Talk. All three major shoe company circuits have their playoffs/finals during this first live period of July. Nike has their EYBL Peach Jam, adidas finishes off their Gaunlet series and Under Armour Association finals are also played over the next several days. All three of these events are conveniently located in a nice circle so the coaches can go back and forth between all three major events between now and Sunday.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event
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Rivals Released Updated Class Of 2018 Top 150 Ahead of First July 2017 Live Period

With the first live period of July kicking off later this week Rivals released their updated Class of 2018 Top 150 player rankings on Monday. The Friars are chasing a number of talented prospects among the rising senior class and many of them found their way onto Rivals’ updated list. Providence commit AJ Reeves also saw his stock continue to trend up by moving 12 spots from the last update by Rivals in April. Reeves finds himself squarely inside the Top 45.

Providence Recruits in the Top 150:

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2018 AJ Reeves Commits to Providence

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.

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