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:
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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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.
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This past weekend marked the kickoff for all three shoe-sponsored leagues and Providence had coaches at all of three of those events, while also monitoring some events that aren’t run by the sneaker companies. I was between the Nike EYBL session in Brooklyn and the Under Armour Association in lower Manhattan. Joining me going between these events all weekend was Associate Head Coach Andre LaFleur. Brian Blaney was in Dallas for the adidas Gauntlet series’ opening event, while Jeff Battle was spotted in Staten Island at the Elevate Hoops event. Ed Cooley wasn’t on the road this weekend as he was back on campus hosting a pair of transfer targets. More on that later.
This weekend kicks off the real recruiting season for members of the class of 2017 and beyond because starting on April 15th a live evaluation period officially begins. A live evaluation period means college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate recruits at certified events. This particular evaluation period lasts through April 17th with another full weekend of live evaluating on the schedule beginning on April 22nd. Nike and Under Armour will kick off their grassroots leagues in NYC, while adidas gets started in Dallas this weekend. There are also some other events going on this weekend that Providence recruits will be playing in.
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. Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the First April 2016 Live Evaluation Period
Providence recruits will take part in the 2015 adidas Nations Camp this weekend. The camp will be held in Long Beach, CA from July 31st-August 3rd and is broken up into teams by country/continent/region. There are 4 USA teams and players range from the classes of 2016 to 2018. There are also college players who work the camp as counselors and URI’s Hassan Martin has been selected to be one of them. EC Matthews of URI attended last year and was invited back this year but declined so he can focus on healing after having hand surgery in the offseason. Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead will also attend this year as a counselor. Kris Dunn attended this camp back in the summer of 2011 while still an uncommitted recruit. Coaches are not allowed to attend this camp as we are currently in a recruiting dead period on July 31st and then a recruiting quiet period beginning on August 1st.
Here are the Providence recruits who are at the camp this weekend: