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Providence’s Culture of Winning Drives Recruiting Success

The Providence Friars have become a constant fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Ed Cooley has taken a program that hadn’t been to the Big Dance since 2004 to a school-record four straight NCAA Tournaments. He also has a roster that is poised for a fifth consecutive appearance in 2017-18, though college basketball betting odds offered by sportsbooks don’t appear too highly on the Friars’ chances of actually winning the whole damn thing. That’s where recruiting comes in.

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Friar Friday News & Notes Including More on the Jimmy Nichols Commitment

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, which included a 2018 commitment.

Nichols Picks Providence

It traditionally doesn’t bode well for Providence in a recruitment when a player decides to announce his commitment at a big ceremony or on TV. So, when it was announced that 2018 Jimmy Nichols, who had just returned from an official visit to Friartown over the weekend, would end his recruitment by announcing his choice live on TV there were more than a few among the Friar Faithful that were skeptical of Providence’s chances, especially when Nichols’ hometown school was in the mix. But, alas, the TV announcement wasn’t on ESPN and Nichols didn’t do any pomp or circumstance. The Conway, SC native matter-of-factly announced that he would be playing his college ball at Providence College.

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2018 Jimmy Nichols Commits to Providence Following Official Visit

Providence has added yet another versatile player to their 2018 recruiting class with the news that Conway, SC forward Jimmy Nichols has chosen Providence over Miami and South Carolina. Nichols announced his decision on WPDE-15, the local ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, Tuesday night after taking his official visit to Friartown September 1st through 3rd. The plan was for Nichols to visit South Carolina this upcoming weekend and then Miami at the end of the month, but Nichols apparently saw enough while on his visit to Providence that he shut down his recruitment and pledged to Ed Cooley. Nichols now makes three committed recruits for 2018 to go with AJ Reeves and Kris Monroe.

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Friar Friday Recruiting News & Notes with Quotes from 2018 Commit Kris Monroe

Here are some recruiting news, notes and quotes from newest Providence commit Kris Monroe.

Kris Monroe Talks Providence Commitment

The sleepy summer for college basketball fans has been anything but sleepy for those following recruiting news, especially those interested Providence observers. July is always a busy month on the recruiting calendar with coaches and recruits alike crisscrossing the country for the three live evaluation periods that culminated on July 30th with many of the top prospects playing in Las Vegas. But it was the first week in August that gave Friar fans a jolt of news when 2018 Kris Monroe chose to commit despite never visiting the campus.

So, why did the 6’7 Monroe opt to end his recruitment on August 4th without cutting his list or taking official visits?

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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Third July 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The third and final July live evaluation period has arrived and the Providence coaching staff will be out and about stalking down talented future Friars all across the country over the next few days. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period begins on July 26th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 30th. To read about why the July live periods are so crucial for recruiting, check out this excellent article by Rob Dauster at College Basketball Talk. The third and final live period is very heavy on events in Las Vegas and don’t be surprised to see the same team criss-crossing all over town to play in more than one event throughout the live period.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event
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Providence Recruiting Guide to the First July 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The first July live evaluation period has arrived and the Providence coaching staff will be out and about stalking down talented future Friars all across the country over the next few days. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period begins on July 12th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 16th. To read about why the July live periods are so crucial for recruiting, check out this excellent article by Rob Dauster at College Basketball Talk. All three major shoe company circuits have their playoffs/finals during this first live period of July. Nike has their EYBL Peach Jam, adidas finishes off their Gaunlet series and Under Armour Association finals are also played over the next several days. All three of these events are conveniently located in a nice circle so the coaches can go back and forth between all three major events between now and Sunday.

As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event
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