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.
Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including Providence’s recruiting efforts, Jon Rothstein’s annual practice visit, a fun segment with Ed Cooley on Big East Shootaround, and more.
Recruiting Never Stops
Recruiting never stops and that’s certainly true when the NCAA recruiting calendar turns from “Quiet Period” to “Recruiting Period”, which happened on September 9th. The Friar staff — the full staff of Ed Cooley, Jeff Battle, Brian Blaney and Ivan Thomas — was spotted at Cushing Academy that first day to see prized 2018 recruit David Duke. The Friar staff subsequently completed an in-home visit with Duke and his family. Duke’s recruitment is one that has Friar fans on the edge of their seat. He’s not only a local kid from Providence, but he reminds many of former Friar and current Chicago Bull Kris Dunn. Duke is scheduled to take an official visit to Florida next weekend, followed by an official visit to Virginia Tech where his good friend and former Cushing roommate Wabissa Bede is a freshman.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles Clippers are signing LaDontae Henton to a training camp deal with an Exhibit 10 clause, per a league source
— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) August 24, 2017
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?
The Rock School and Florida Vipers 2018 forward Darius Days released his list of his top 11 schools on Tuesday. Days named Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Providence, Texas A&M and Wichita State to his list. 247Sports’ composite national ranking for Days is currently 74. Providence offered Days on April 30th.
Ed Cooley and the Friars added another early 2018 commitment with 2018 shooting forward Kris Monroe pledged to Providence Thursday night via his Twitter account. Providence assistant Jeff Battle was the lead on Monroe who is from Raleigh, NC. The Friars offered the 6’7 Monroe last July.
— Kris 〽️onroe (@_kjm21) August 4, 2017
Monroe ran with Team Wall and was a player Cooley tracked personally often in the critical recruiting month of July. Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, in an article recapping the last Friday of the July live periods wrote “I was impressed by Monroe’s unique blend of physical play and shot making. He looks like a college player already and has really added more skill to his perimeter game.”
— Team Wall Basketball (@TeamWallElite) August 4, 2017
Monroe joins AJ Reeves in Providence’s 2018 recruiting class. That leaves Cooley with 3 more open scholarships as of now. Cooley’s next key recruit is Providence native David Duke who is with Reeves in Houston this weekend for the adidas Nations event.
More to come on Monroe.