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.
Providence will host their annual Elite Camp on Sunday and two of the Friars top recruits in the class of 2018 will be in attendance. Elite Camps are a great way for players to get onto a campus and see the facilities, the coaching staff and the school’s players. I attended Providence’s Elite Camp two summers ago and, as I wrote after that year, I found the value of the camp to be more about relationship development between the Providence coaching staff and potential recruits than player evaluation. Ed Cooley and his staff are excellent at both, but this weekend will be more about relationship building, showing off the Providence campus and the plans for the Ruane Friar Development Center that is expected to be ready by September of 2018, just in time for the 2018 class to arrive on campus.
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:
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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Camp Errol was founded by Calvin Jones and named in honor of Errol Clinton who was killed at the age of 15 by a random act of violence in the city of Providence. E.R.R.O.L. stands for Education, Respect, Responsibility, Opportunity and Leadership. This Saturday Camp Errol will be hosting an All-Star game at CCRI Warwick and there will be several Providence recruits playing, including top local targets in the Class of 2018.
With two recruits signed in the Class of 2017, Ed Cooley and his staff have had the opportunity to forge more relationships with players in the Classes of 2018 and 2019. This weekend plenty of talented players in 2017, 2018, 2019 and even 2020 will be on display at the Zero Gravity Prep Classic. This annual event will be held at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, RI over the weekend and will feature not only some of Providence’s top local recruiting targets, but there will also be plenty of talented players across the board that may not end up attracting interest from the Friars or haven’t yet but will in the future. Nearly 40 different schools will play over the course of the three days at St. Andrew’s. The Providence staff will obviously be a bit busy on Saturday afternoon, but I would expect to see some Providence coaches in Barrington at some point over the weekend.
Providence will host their annual Elite Camp on Sunday and there are sure to be some talented players from the New England area in attendance. Mass Rivals is expected to have a big contingent. I attended Providence’s Elite Camp last summer and, as I wrote after last year, I found the value of the camp to be more about relationship development between the Providence coaching staff and potential recruits than player evaluation.