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:
- ESPN.com – Joe Lunardi – Providence made their first appearance in Lunardi’s Bracketology
- Pawtucket Times – Brendan McGair – FRIAR FILM REVIEW: Holt-Young partnership makes big difference
- ASEANbasketballleague.com – Former NBA draft pick, Ginebra import Herbert Hill steps in for Charles in Saigon
The early signing period for college basketball recruits to sign their national letters of intent begins on Wednesday, November 9th. The early signing period lasts for a week and then all players planning to sign NLI’s with schools must wait until the spring signing period from April 12, 2017 through May 17, 2017. Providence has two commits in the class of 2017 and word is that both plan to sign their NLI’s on the first day of the early signing period.
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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- ICYMI – Providence Gets Visit From Top-10 Recruit in 2018
- Yahoo.com – Jeff Eisenberg – Five programs poised for a fall entering the new season
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Here and There in Friartown
- HoopsRumors.com – Luke Adams – Pacers Sign Ben Bentil
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.