Joe Lunardi updated his bracket at ESPN.com on Thursday and Providence remained in his field of 68, though they dropped one seed line since his last update on November 30th. Friar fans might get triggered when they see that Lunardi has Providence facing USC again. Obviously this bracket isn’t even close to Selection Sunday, but I always find it good to keep an eye on where Providence is projected to find themselves in March. At the minimum it provides a look at how the team is being perceived on a national level.
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including David Duke commitment day, an Emmitt Holt update and more.
Duke to Commit Friday Evening
This column has been a place for updates and news that have happened over the last week, but I’ll lead off this Friday with something that hasn’t happened yet. 2018 Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals guard David Duke announced on Wednesday that he will commit Friday evening.
I will be making my college decision this Friday💯🏀
— David Duke Jr (@Duuukkeee) October 11, 2017
We learned later via Kevin McNamara at the Providence Journal that the announcement is expected to come via Duke’s social media accounts. The former Classical High School hero is down to the hometown Friars and Buzz Williams’ Virginia Tech Hokies. The steam picked up on 247Sports Crystal Ball page on Thursday with all but one previous Virginia Tech pick flipping to Providence and some new picks coming out of the clouds for the Friars. I’ve remained optimistic that Duke would end up in black and white. We’ll see if that comes to fruition for the athletic guard who turned 18 on Friday.
2018 wing Khavon Moore has cut his list down to 12 schools ahead of the all-important July live periods that begin later this week. Moore’s list of schools is Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Marquette, Mercer, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC. The talented wing guard is one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class. During the spring live periods Moore ran with the Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour Association and played a few games with Nike South Beach on the Nike EYBL circuit.
I know, I know. It’s June 1st. There are 284 days — but who’s counting — until Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. And I’m sure that if you asked Joe Lunardi if he wants to be putting out a June 1st bracket he’d say he’s just happy he didn’t get laid off by ESPN. Moving right along…
Providence found their way into Lunardi’s June 1st field as a 9-seed in the East region facing off against Oregon in Charlotte, NC.
The first offseason defection occurred on Wednesday when news broke that Providence sophomore wing Ryan Fazekas would transfer, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Fazekas saw his minutes and role diminish greatly in his second season at Providence after starting off hot in his freshman season until that year was derailed by mononucleosis.
ESPN and CBS Sports have released updated brackets and we’ll continue to track the minutiae of each bracketology update so you don’t have to.
The regular season concluded on Saturday with all ten Big East teams in action and the results shuffled the deck a bit heading into the Big East Tournament that tips off on Wednesday night. There are a lot of bubbles bouncing around in the air right now and both national media members and bracket aggregating sites like BracketMatrix.com are pumping out lots of predictions and content as conference tournament season rapidly approaches for all the power conferences. Let’s take a look at where Providence, their non-conference opponents and the rest of the Big East stands in the latest bracketology.
ESPN and CBS Sports have released updated brackets and we’ll continue to track the minutae of each bracketology update so you don’t have to.
We’re now in the final few days of the regular season. All 10 Big East teams play their final games on Saturday before the Big East Tournament gets underway next Wednesday. There are a lot of bubbles bouncing around in the air right now and both national media members and bracket aggregating sites like BracketMatrix.com are pumping out lots of predictions and content as conference tournament season rapidly approaches for all the power conferences. Let’s take a look at where Providence, their non-conference opponents and the rest of the Big East stands in the latest bracketology.