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Friar Friday News & Notes, Including a God Shammgod Update

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including a God Shammgod update, Providence’s upcoming visitors, an updated Scout.com 2019 recruit rankings, and more.

God Signs an Extension

God Shammgod left Providence for a job in player development with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks last July. After a successful year in Dallas in which Shammgod has received credit for the improvement of Harrison Barnes, the Mavs locked up the former Friar with a 4-year contract extension. While Barnes’ improvement is noteworthy for the Mavs after they signed him to a 4-year, $94.4 million contract, what may be motivating the Mavericks to keep Shammgod around is Dennis Smith, Jr. Shammgod and Smith have a prior relationship from Smith’s high school days and he is expected to be the point guard of the future after being taken 9th overall in April’s NBA Draft.

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Friar Friday News & Notes with a Ben Bentil Update

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, which includes news about a former Friar, a pair of official visitors, new 2019 offers and more.

Ben Bentil Heading to France

Former Friar Ben Bentil, who has been working out and taking classes at Providence this Summer, is taking his talents to France this season. He signed with Chalons-Reims in the French Pro A league after playing just 3 games with the San Antonio Spurs between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City NBA Summer Leagues. Bentil played 3 games last season in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during a 10-day contract after he returned from a stint in China that included 11 games with Xinjiang Guanghui in which Bentil averaged 13.7 points/game and 4.8 rebounds/game. Bentil scored 19 points in his preseason debut with Chalons-Reims on Thursday against Brussels.

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Friar Friday News & Notes with a LaDontae Henton Update

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week.

LaDontae Henton to Sign with LA Clippers

Friar legend LaDontae Henton will sign a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days.com.

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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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Rivals Released Updated Class of 2019 Top 125 Ahead of July Live Periods

Rivals expanded and updated their class of 2019 recruit rankings on Tuesday just ahead of the first live period of July that begins at 5pm on Wednesday. After updating and expanding from 75 to 100 before the April live periods, Rivals has added another 25 names to the list again with a Top 125 for the rising junior class. The Friars have already begun forging relationships with many highly ranked recruits in the rising junior class and many of these players reportedly got calls from the Providence coaching staff on or after the June 15th start date for direct contact. The staff will be out on the recruiting trail seeing many of these players over the next few weeks.

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Scout’s Updated and Expanded Class of 2019 Top 100 Player Rankings Released

With the Spring live periods of April and the various non-live period events in May in the rear-view mirror Scout.com released an updated and expanded Class of 2019 rankings on Thursday. The previous rankings were only a Top 60. The Friar staff is still looking into adding a player for next season and the main focus beyond that is the Class of 2018, but it’s key for relationship building to start as early as possible. Unlimited electronic communication just started for coaches and members of the 2019 class on June 15th at midnight. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2019 on Scout’s latest  Top 100:

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Providence Recruits Attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 Camp

Providence has several recruits among the 108 players attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 camp being held June 13th through 18th at the University of Virginia. This event is typically chock full of talented players in the rising senior and junior classes and it’s no different in 2017. Providence incoming freshman Makai Ashton-Langford attended this camp last year. One other interesting thing to note that usually happens at this event is the June 15th date for coaches to begin to have direct and unlimited contact with rising juniors. That begins at midnight on Thursday. The camp begins today and runs through Sunday.

Here is a list of Providence recruits attending the 2017 NBPA Top 100 Camp:

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