Rivals closed the book on the Class of 2017 last week as those players get set to graduate onto college in the Fall. On Tuesday Rivals updated their Class of 2018 Top 150 a few days ahead of the first Live Recruiting Period of April. Providence fans will recognize many of the names below, including some talented local products who have continued to move up in the rankings. The Friar coaching staff figures to see many of these talented rising seniors in action over the next several months when the all important grassroots season kicks off on Friday.
The updated player rankings from Scout.com continue and this week they updated their Class of 2018 rankings. Providence has a host of players on this list ranging from a local Providence native to a Canadian player attending school in Florida, not to mention some other local talent attending NEPSAC schools. The coaching staff at Providence has a clear connection in the mid-atlantic with Jeff Battle and Ivan Thomas spearheading connections there with both Boo Williams players and other area programs. Brian Blaney continues to canvass the New England prep basketball scene and Ed Cooley is everywhere. Here are players Providence is involved with on Scout’s latest Class of 2018 Top 100:
Providence coaches are using some of their time between games to hit the recruiting trail hard this week after playing at Georgetown on Monday night. Just on Tuesday night Providence coaches were spotted at multiple games across the country. Their next game isn’t until Saturday afternoon at #1 Villanova, so Ed Cooley and his staff took a day away from practice and film prep to see some old names that Providence fans will recognize as well as new ones that have only been on Providence’s radar for a few weeks.
- ICYMI – Game Notes & Preview: Providence (7-2, 0-0) vs Massachusetts (6-2, 0-0) 12/10/16
- ICYMI – Opening Line: Providence -8.5 vs Massachusetts 12/10/16
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud: Defense fuels Providence basketball’s early season success
- Listen to Thursday night’s Ed Cooley Radio Show, courtesy of FriarTV
- Washington Post – Mark Giannotto – Top basketball recruits converge on the Washington area this weekend
Providence locked up their two commitments in the Class of 2017 earlier this month when both Dajour Dickens and Nate Watson signed their national letters of intent. As I’ve discussed, getting commitments on board in the current senior class by mid-September has allowed the Providence coaching staff to shift their recruiting focus towards the Classes of 2018 and 2019.
The second episode of the Friartown Fan Voice podcast is now live for the 2016-17 season! This episode touches on some recent recruiting news and gives a little preview of the Carleton Ravens so fans know what to expect Saturday night at the Dunk. Go ahead and give it a listen:
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Perhaps Friar fans thought the most meaningful on-campus visitor to Friartown in October would be Shaquille O’Neal at this year’s Late Night Madness on October 14th. Those fans would be mistaken. Just a week removed from DJ Diesel spinning beats to entertain Providence students and recruits alike, the Friars got a visit from a top-10 recruit in the class of 2018 when 6’8 wing Khavon Moore tripped up from Georgia to see the Providence campus on Saturday.