It’s clearly rankings update season with Scout updating both 2018 and 2019 rankings recently and now ESPN is getting in on the act. There’s been plenty of competitive basketball between two live periods in April, some camps and non-live events in April, May and June and all the services like to update their rankings before the crucial July live periods get underway. Providence currently has five openings for 2018 and Ed Cooley and his staff are still in the running for tons of talented rising seniors, despite getting cut out of Portsmouth-native Cole Swider’s final four schools on Sunday. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on ESPN’s latest Top 100:
With the Spring live periods of April and the various non-live period events in May in the rear-view mirror Scout.com released an updated Class of 2018 rankings. Providence’s focus in the Class of 2018 is beginning to become clearer and many of their top targets appear inside Scout’s Top 100. Some key targets moved up into the top 50, while another local made his debut in Scout’s Top 100. This is shaping up to be a critical class for Ed Cooley and, as of now, he has five openings for 2018. Here are players Providence is involved with in the class of 2018 on Scout’s latest Top 100:
The second and final live recruiting period of April is here to close out the live evaluation periods until July. Providence’s coaches were at all of the major shoe company events last weekend between Hampton, VA, Dallas, TX and NYC. Week two of the Nike EYBL will be in Indianapolis and they are joined in Indy by Under Armour’s Association. The adidas Gauntlet series heads to Atlanta this weekend.
As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the Second April 2017 Live Evaluation Period
The first live recruiting period of April is upon us and the Providence coaches are expected to hit the ground running to find future Friars all across the USA this weekend. The major shoe companies have their opening weekends with Nike’s EYBL starting off in Hampton, VA, Under Armour’s Association beginning in NYC for the second straight year and the adidas Gauntlet series kicks off from Dallas, TX. You can also listen to the latest Friartown Fan Voice podcast where, among other interesting topics, Brendan McGair and I previewed the first live period of April.
As I traditionally do each spring and summer, I’ll be providing a guide for fans to follow along and see where Providence’s targets are playing during a given live evaluation period. This post will be updated as the weekend goes on and more information is known. The name of the assistant next to the player’s name indicates who the lead assistant is for that player and does not necessarily mean that coach will be at that event Continue reading Providence Recruiting Guide to the First April 2017 Live Evaluation Period
The first live recruiting period of April begins on Friday and the Providence coaching staff is gearing up for the beginning of the offseason recruiting grind by doing an in-home visit with Top-100 2018 guard Noah Locke on Thursday afternoon, a source told pcbb1917.com. Locke was ranked 95th in the class of 2018 in the latest Rivals.com rankings update out on Tuesday. He will run with Team Melo on the Nike EYBL grassroots circuit. The Friars have made it clear to Locke that he is a priority recruit for them in the class of 2018 and this in-home visit right before the beginning of the first live period cements that.
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:
Late Night Madness festivities have become much less about the official beginning of the college basketball season, which is how the tradition began in 1971 at Maryland. These gaudy events are now much more heavily geared towards impressing recruits and the Friars will do their best to make a splash with the top 2018 target in the state of Rhode Island on Saturday night. Cole Swider, the 6’8 sharp-shooter from Portsmouth, will be in attendance and is currently ranked as the #1 recruit in Rhode Island by ESPN. Swider has a 247Sports Composite National Ranking of 70th in the class of 2018. The Friars offered the St. Andrew’s wing back in June, though they’ve been tracking him for much longer. Swider has also been familiar with the in-state Friars much longer than just a few months ago. He attended Providence’s Elite Camp the last two years and was in attendance for Bill Raftery and Ludacris at the 2015 Late Night Madness on Providence’s campus. This year, Providence is bringing in Shaquille O’Neal a.k.a. DJ Diesel to perform around 9pm and Providence Hall of Famer Doris Burke of ESPN will be the emcee for the evening. Doors to Mullaney Gym open at 6:45pm Saturday night.