Each October the college basketball season typically kicks off around the country on college campuses with Late Night Madness festivities. Typically the events are a great way for coaching staffs to bring recruits onto campus to show them the facilities, school spirit and be part of a fun environment of dunk contests and live concerts. Providence’s Late Night Madness will be no different, except that there will be an extra air of celebration over the occasion after Ed Cooley locked up Providence native David Duke to put icing on the 2018 recruiting class cake that already included Duke’s Mass Rivals teammate AJ Reeves, North Carolina shooting forward Kris Monroe and burgeoning South Carolina big man Jimmy Nichols. Providence is hosting Reeves and Monroe for official visits this weekend and Duke, home from Cushing Academy to make his commitment announcement on his birthday Friday, will also be in attendance. Cooley is sure to have a rather large smile on his face on Saturday night as the future looks quite bright in Friartown.
My annual disclaimer: many of the names you will see of players in attendance will never actually be recruited by Providence. Grassroots programs bring a van-load of kids to these events because they are entertaining and it’s a chance for kids to see a school’s facilities a little bit. From Providence’s standpoint, it can’t hurt to have players on your campus. You never know who will be the next breakout star from Mass Rivals, so having a player that is 3 or 4 years away from finishing high school on your campus for a marquee recruiting event makes sense.
As I mentioned, Duke, Reeves and Monroe are going to be in attendance. Mass Rivals will also have a large contingent. Here are the names I know about:
- David Duke 2018
- Kris Monroe 2018
- AJ Reeves 2018
- Akok Akok 2019
- Wildens Leveque
- Hassan Diarra 2020 (Mamadou’s younger brother)
- DeMarr Langford 2020 (Makai’s younger brother)
- Kareem Reid 2020
- Anthony Thomas 2020
- Gianni Thompson 2021
- Jonathan Guerrero 2022
I’ll update the visitors list as more names become known.
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Ed Cooley has landed hometown guard David Duke to add a second top-50 player out of the Mass Rivals pipeline to Providence’s 2018 recruiting class. Duke, who announced his decision via social media on Friday — his 18th birthday– chose the Friars over Virginia Tech after also considering Indiana, Florida and Villanova as a final 5. He joins AJ Reeves, Kris Monroe and Jimmy Nichols as committed recruits for the 2018-19 season. Duke’s recruitment had Friar fans on pins and needles, especially as his ranking and profile began to soar after transferring away from local public school Classical High School to Cushing Academy 75 miles north in Ashburnham, MA and spending the last two Spring’s and Summer’s on the adidas circuit with Mass Rivals.
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Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including David Duke commitment day, an Emmitt Holt update and more.
Duke to Commit Friday Evening
This column has been a place for updates and news that have happened over the last week, but I’ll lead off this Friday with something that hasn’t happened yet. 2018 Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals guard David Duke announced on Wednesday that he will commit Friday evening.
We learned later via Kevin McNamara at the Providence Journal that the announcement is expected to come via Duke’s social media accounts. The former Classical High School hero is down to the hometown Friars and Buzz Williams’ Virginia Tech Hokies. The steam picked up on 247Sports Crystal Ball page on Thursday with all but one previous Virginia Tech pick flipping to Providence and some new picks coming out of the clouds for the Friars. I’ve remained optimistic that Duke would end up in black and white. We’ll see if that comes to fruition for the athletic guard who turned 18 on Friday.
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Big news on the David Duke front. The local star guard has cancelled his planned official visit to Villanova and will instead take an official visit to Providence. Duke has taken official visits to Florida — who are likely now out on him due to commitments from two guards, including Noah Locke — and Virginia Tech.
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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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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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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