Providence kicked off their 2018 recruiting with a bang on Sunday when top-50 AJ Reeves gave his commitment to Ed Cooley ahead of Providence’s annual Elite Camp. Reeves’ commitment makes it two consecutive Providence commits from the Mass Rivals grassroots program, a pipeline that Cooley and the Friars are hoping to tap further in 2018 with David Duke. Reeves had cut his list to a final four on May 31st with the Friars being joined by Louisville, Villanova and Virginia.
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 Recruits in the Top 150:
Ed Cooley and Providence got great news on April 10th when Makai Ashton-Langford called the Friar head coach from his dorm room at Brewster Academy to commit after getting his release from UConn nearly two weeks prior. Ashton-Langford cannot sign a second National Letter of Intent because NLI rules prohibit an athlete from signing more than one per calendar year. Instead, Ashton-Langford signed a grant-in-aid package with Providence. Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith tweeted that Ashton-Langford signed his scholarship paperwork on Wednesday making his commitment to Providence official.
Providence lost out on Makai Ashton-Langford the first go-round when the Worcester native committed to UConn and Kevin Ollie in September. This time Ed Cooley closed the deal and got a commitment from Ashton-Langford shortly after he was on campus for an official visit. Cooley built up a great relationship with both the player and the parents when chasing the Mass Rivals point guard the last several years and it appears that relationship was the key to Providence securing the services of the top-35 player. Ashton-Langford took an official visit starting April 7th after Cooley went up to Brewster Academy to meet with him on the first day coaches could be back on the road recruiting after the Final Four dead period.
Scout updated their Class of 2017 Top 100 a day after ESPN did the same thing. There are some names that are in similar ranges between the two services, while others appear on Scout’s that don’t appear on ESPN’s, and vice versa. 2017 commit Dajour Dickens makes his debut in Scout’s Top 100, coming in at 98. He was just outside ESPN’s Top 100.
To see the entire Top 100, click here.
PC Recruits in the Top 100:
ESPN updated their Top 100 for the Class of 2017 on Tuesday and on Wednesday they dropped their first release of their Top 60 for the Class of 2018. Though these kids still have two full years of high school left after this year, Providence has been actively recruiting some of the players on ESPN’s list.
Providence Recruits in the Top 60:
- #4 – Naz Reid – 6’9 PF – Roselle Catholic/Asbury Park, NJ
- #12 – Keldon Johnson – 6’5 SG – Park View/South Hill, VA
- #18 – Jalen Smith – 6’8 PF – Mount Saint Joseph/Baltimore, MD
- #21 – Coby White – 6’4 PG – Greenfield School/Wilson, NC
- #30 – Isaiah Mucius – 6’7 WF – St. James School/Patchogue, NY
- #44 – Kiyon Boyd – 6’5 SG – HD Woodson HS/Washington, DC
- #52 – AJ Reeves – 6’3 SG – Brimmer and May/Roxbury, MA
To see the entire Top 60, click here.
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The 2016 National Prep Championships are being held Tuesday and Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and there are a good amount of Providence recruiting targets that are playing over the next two days. Adam Finkelstein already spotted Providence coaches at Albertus Magnus College and it was later learned that those coaches are Ed Cooley and Andre LaFleur. The question is, who is Providence there to see? Here are some answers.