Rivals expanded and updated their class of 2019 recruit rankings on Thursday with with mere hours to go until the start of the first April live period. The recruiting service bumped the rising junior class rankings from a Top 75 to a Top 100 and there proved to be little change in terms of where Providence’s recruits were ranked. A few new names were added to the mix with the additional 25 ranked spots and Providence has already cast a net over some very talented players who will be evaluated more closely in the upcoming months on the various grassroots circuits beginning on Friday.
Providence is in the midst of a tough stretch on the court after falling at the hands of St. John’s at home on Wednesday night to fall to 3-6 in Big East play. A stark contrast in guard talent was on display with the Red Storm getting 48 of their 91 points from their starting backcourt of freshmen Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds. Providence coveted Ponds in the 2016 class and the decision ultimately came down to the Friars or Red Storm. Ed Cooley and his staff have certainly shown an eye for identifying talent and the next few days provide yet another opportunity in Providence’s backyard to catch some top prep talent at the National Prep School Invitational being played Thursday through Sunday at Rhode Island College. Here are some of Providence’s targets that will be in action at RIC over the next few days:
While the Providence coaching staff probably won’t be able to attend much of this weekend’s National Prep School Invitational due to a road game at Xavier on Saturday there will be a number of Providence recruiting targets playing at Rhode Island College this weekend.
The NPSI begins on Thursday, February 5th and runs through Sunday, February 8th. There are teams from all over New England as well as teams from Florida, Kansas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and even some international teams from Canada and the Czech Republic. Cox Hub will have live streaming available of 3 games each day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5/day or $9 for a month pass to get all NPSI streaming games.
Below is the full schedule of the event. All games will be played at Rhode Island College on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Providence. You’ll see that I’ve listed any Providence recruits that are playing in a particular game.