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.
Providence coaches are using some of their time between games to hit the recruiting trail hard this week after playing at Georgetown on Monday night. Just on Tuesday night Providence coaches were spotted at multiple games across the country. Their next game isn’t until Saturday afternoon at #1 Villanova, so Ed Cooley and his staff took a day away from practice and film prep to see some old names that Providence fans will recognize as well as new ones that have only been on Providence’s radar for a few weeks.
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Rivals released a Top 75 for the Class of 2018 on Friday and Providence has some of their targets on the list for this class that is made up of current high school sophomores. The list also includes some local New England prep products.
Providence Recruits in the Top 75:
- #5 – Naz Reid – 6’9 PF – Roselle Catholic/Asbury Park, NJ
- #24 – Isaiah Mucius – 6’7 WF – St. James School/Patchogue, NY
- #25 – Jalen Smith – 6’8 PF – Mount Saint Joseph/Baltimore, MD
- #32 – AJ Reeves – 6’3 SG – Brimmer and May/Roxbury, MA
- #63 – Nate Laszewski – 6’7 PF – Northfield-Mt. Hermon/Avon, CT
- #67 – Montez Mathis – 6’4 SG – Oak Hill Academy/Essex, MD
To see the entire Top 75, click here.
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USA Basketball has become a big part of Providence’s basketball program because head coach Ed Cooley has taken on growing responsibilities with the organization over the last few years. In the summer of 2013 Cooley was a court coach during training camp in Colorado Springs. In 2014 Cooley was named as an assistant coach on Billy Donovan’s staff for the U18 USA National Team that participated and won gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. After Donovan took the head coaching job with the Oklahoma City Thunder Cooley’s fellow assistant on Donovan’s U18 staff Sean Miller was promoted to head coach of the U19 team and Cooley remained as Miller’s assistant for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship. That squad also brought home the gold from Crete, Greece.
The Big Strick Classic is a basketball-junkie’s dream that takes place each summer after the live periods of July have come and gone. Players from all across the country will travel to NYC to take on the best that NYC has to offer. The 2015 version of the tournament — named in honor of the late NYC streetball legend John “Big Strick” Strickland — is the 5th annual and features a number of Providence recruits, as well as many top national recruits in the classes of 2016, 2017 and a few from 2018.