It’s clearly rankings update season with Scout updating both 2018 and 2019 rankings recently and now ESPN is getting in on the act. There’s been plenty of competitive basketball between two live periods in April, some camps and non-live events in April, May and June and all the services like to update their rankings before the crucial July live periods get underway. Providence currently has five openings for 2018 and Ed Cooley and his staff are still in the running for tons of talented rising seniors, despite getting cut out of Portsmouth-native Cole Swider’s final four schools on Sunday. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on ESPN’s latest Top 100:
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:
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:
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.
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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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 6th at 5pm and is active through 5pm on July 10th. Nike has their EYBL Peach Jam, which is their playoffs and adidas finishes off their Gaunlet series. Under Armour’s finale event is later in July so they will be hosting their All-America Camp this week in Charlotte.
Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the First July 2016 Live Evaluation Period
ESPN updated their Top 100 for the Class of 2017 on Tuesday and on Wednesday they dropped their first release of their Top 60 for the Class of 2018. Though these kids still have two full years of high school left after this year, Providence has been actively recruiting some of the players on ESPN’s list.
Providence Recruits in the Top 60:
- #4 – Naz Reid – 6’9 PF – Roselle Catholic/Asbury Park, NJ
- #12 – Keldon Johnson – 6’5 SG – Park View/South Hill, VA
- #18 – Jalen Smith – 6’8 PF – Mount Saint Joseph/Baltimore, MD
- #21 – Coby White – 6’4 PG – Greenfield School/Wilson, NC
- #30 – Isaiah Mucius – 6’7 WF – St. James School/Patchogue, NY
- #44 – Kiyon Boyd – 6’5 SG – HD Woodson HS/Washington, DC
- #52 – AJ Reeves – 6’3 SG – Brimmer and May/Roxbury, MA
To see the entire Top 60, click here.
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