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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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Friar Friday News & Notes: Big East Media Day Edition

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including coverage from Big East Media Day, the return of the PC/UConn rivalry, a shout out to Ed Cooley from Kenpom  and more.

Big East Media Day Coverage

Big East Media Day was once again held on the floor at Madison Square Garden for the second year in a row. The league would love to do it every year, but it’s dependent on the other MSG tenants’ schedules, namely the Knicks and Rangers. Kalif Young was supposed to be the fourth Friar player in attendance, but he remains sidelined by headache issues. The quick recap is that Providence was picked 4th in the preseason poll and Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock were named to the preseason Second Team All-Big East.

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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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Providence’s 2017 Late Night Madness a True Recruiting Celebration

Each October the college basketball season typically kicks off around the country on college campuses with Late Night Madness festivities. Typically the events are a great way for coaching staffs to bring recruits onto campus to show them the facilities, school spirit and be part of a fun environment of dunk contests and live concerts. Providence’s Late Night Madness will be no different, except that there will be an extra air of celebration over the occasion after Ed Cooley locked up Providence native David Duke to put icing on the 2018 recruiting class cake that already included Duke’s Mass Rivals teammate AJ Reeves, North Carolina shooting forward Kris Monroe and burgeoning South Carolina big man Jimmy Nichols. Providence is hosting Reeves and Monroe for official visits this weekend and Duke, home from Cushing Academy to make his commitment announcement on his birthday Friday, will also be in attendance. Cooley is sure to have a rather large smile on his face on Saturday night as the future looks quite bright in Friartown.

Madness Visitors

My annual disclaimer: many of the names you will see of players in attendance will never actually be recruited by Providence. Grassroots programs bring a van-load of kids to these events because they are entertaining and it’s a chance for kids to see a school’s facilities a little bit. From Providence’s standpoint, it can’t hurt to have players on your campus. You never know who will be the next breakout star from Mass Rivals, so having a player that is 3 or 4 years away from finishing high school on your campus for a marquee recruiting event makes sense.

As I mentioned, Duke, Reeves and Monroe are going to be in attendance. Mass Rivals will also have a large contingent. Here are the names I know about:

  • David Duke 2018
  • Kris Monroe 2018
  • AJ Reeves 2018
  • Akok Akok 2019
  • Wildens Leveque
  • Hassan Diarra 2020 (Mamadou’s younger brother)
  • DeMarr Langford 2020 (Makai’s younger brother)
  • Kareem Reid 2020
  • Anthony Thomas 2020
  • Gianni Thompson 2021
  • Jonathan Guerrero 2022

I’ll update the visitors list as more names become known.

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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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