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.
Recruiting never stops, even during the course of the college basketball season. That was especially true between Providence’s game on December 10th against UMass and now. Ed Cooley and his staff hit the road shortly after that win over UMass last Saturday and they’ve used the extra time during the final exam break to go see some of their top recruits in action. Cooley was spotted at DeMatha Catholic on Saturday and Sunday where he took in the action and specifically watched 2017 commit Nate Watson and 2018 target Hameir Wright. Watson is already in the fold and is having a very good senior season at Bishop O’Connell.