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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The second and final live recruiting period of April is here to close out the live evaluation periods until July. Providence’s coaches were at all of the major shoe company events last weekend between Hampton, VA, Dallas, TX and NYC. Week two of the Nike EYBL will be in Indianapolis and they are joined in Indy by Under Armour’s Association. The adidas Gauntlet series heads to Atlanta this weekend.

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 Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

Providence Recruiting Guide to the First April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

The first live recruiting period of April is upon us and the Providence coaches are expected to hit the ground running to find future Friars all across the USA this weekend. The major shoe companies have their opening weekends with Nike’s EYBL starting off in Hampton, VA, Under Armour’s Association beginning in NYC for the second straight year and the adidas Gauntlet series kicks off from Dallas, TX. You can also listen to the latest Friartown Fan Voice podcast where, among other interesting topics, Brendan McGair and I previewed the first live period of April.

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 Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the First April 2017 Live Evaluation Period

Rivals Released Updated Class Of 2018 Top 150 Ahead of First April 2017 Live Period

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.

Providence Recruits in the Top 150:

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Scout’s Updated Class of 2018 Top 100 Player Rankings Released

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:

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Providence Continues Pursuit of Highly Ranked Recruits

Ed Cooley is not scared of a little competition. And to be clear, going toe-to-toe with schools like Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, NC State and others of that ilk isn’t the kind of thing that would normally be classified as “little competition”. Cooley has been fearless when taking on larger and more established programs when he and his staff identify a recruit they really want. If you’re a fan of a program not named Duke or Kentucky, then you’re probably used to losing recruiting battles, especially when schools like Duke and Kentucky get involved. Cooley doesn’t care. He’s going to keep his head down and keep building a relationship with the player, the player’s parents, coaches, handlers, siblings, grandparents, dog walker, etc.

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Providence Recruiting Update: ESPN Released Their Class of 2018 Top 60

After releasing their updated Top 100 for the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, ESPN dropped their Top 60 for the Class of 2018 on Thursday. The Friars have already been recruiting the Class of 2018 in earnest with first direct contact for these rising juniors occurring on June 15th. With the current roster construction and scholarship situation, Ed Cooley and his staff have 5 open scholarships for the 2018-19 season. However that doesn’t account for the potential for Providence to add at least one more player to their 2017 recruiting class. Here are the Providence recruits that made ESPN’s Top 60 in the Class of 2018:

  • #7 – Khavon Moore – SF – Westside HS/Macon, GA
  • #10 – Naz Reid – PF – Roselle Catholic/Neptune, NJ
  • #16 – Hameir Wright – SF – The Albany Academy/Albany, NY
  • #21 – Keldon Johnson – SG – Huntington Prep/South Hill, VA
  • #27 – Jalen Smith – PF – Mount St. Joseph/Baltimore, MD
  • #45 – Kiyon Boyd – SG – Woodson/Washington DC
  • #49 – Devon Dotson – PG – Providence Day/Charlotte, NC
  • #56 – Isaiah Mucius – WF – St. James/Patchogue, NY

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Providence Recruiting Guide to the Third July 2016 Live Evaluation Period

The third and final live evaluation period of July is upon us 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 20th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 24th. Las Vegas will be the focal point as there are a ton of events in Sin City during this last live period.
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