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After a week off while honeymooning, the Monday Friar Mailbag returns. I saved some questions from the last version that I’ll answer in this one and I got a bunch of good ones over the weekend. Providence now has a 4-man recruiting class in 2018 with the pledge of David Duke on Friday. A common question has been what will Ed Cooley do with the final open scholarship for 2018. Let’s tackle that first…
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.
Providence dropped their updated roster for the 2017-18 season over the weekend. The Friars added four new names and four names from 2016-17 are gone. Some players grew in height and/or weight, while one player shrunk an inch. No returning players changed their number. Here’s the 2017-18 Providence Friars roster as of June 5, 2017:
The Friartown Fan Voice podcast returns for the first offseason edition to preview the first live recruiting period of April getting underway on Friday. I was again joined by Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times and we discussed a wide range of topics, including the commitment of Makai Ashton-Langford, the outlook for the 2017-18 roster, the 2018 recruiting class and more.
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Scout.com has now joined Rivals.com and ESPN by closing out their 2017 recruit rankings. The final rankings by Scout include 9 Big East commitments among the Top-100 and two Providence pledges made the cut, while the third was just on the outside of the line. Makai Ashton-Langfordgot his highest ranking of the three major services by finishing 33rd with Scout. Nate Watson also got his highest ranking among the “big three”, finishing 66th. Dajour Dickens finished as a 4-star center but was listed 3 slots outside the 100th-ranked player.
It’s that time of year when all the various scouting services finalize their recruit rankings for the senior class as the recruiting scene shifts fully to the juniors, sophomores and even the high school freshman with the grassroots season imminently upon us. Rivals relesed their final Top 150 last week and Providence had all three of their committed recruits inside the marker, including Makai Ashton-Langfordand Nate Watsonboth being inside the top 85. Dajour Dickenswas ranked 121st by that publication. Watson finishes with ESPN as 4-star center with a grade of 82. He’s ranked 20th nationally in the center category. Dickens finishes with ESPN as a 3-star center with a grade of 76. He’s ranked 42nd nationally in the center category.
All in all, the Big East had 16 commitments in Rivals Top 150. ESPN’s final Top 100 wasn’t as kind to the Friars or the league. Providence’s lone representation in the final ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2017 is Ashton-Langford, who does get a little boost up to 36 from the 44th by Rivals. The Big East only has 7 of their commitments inside the Top 100 line and it should be noted that there are players ranked inside the Top-70 by Rivals who aren’t on ESPN’s Top 100, so it isn’t just players ranked in the 101-150 range missing from ESPN’s list.