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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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.
Continue reading Friar Friday News & Notes: David Duke Commitment Day Edition
Each Monday I’ll do my best to answer some of your questions. The below are actual e-mails and tweets from readers. In some cases I have cleaned up the questions for grammar and/or clarity.
So, it’s not Monday. My bad. To take you behind the curtain for a second, I’m getting married on Saturday. As a result, things have been a bit busy. Anyway…
We started with recruiting last week and since the 2017-18 season doesn’t officially begin for a few more days let’s tackle more recruiting off the top…
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Providence held their Late Night Madness event over the weekend and there was an impressive turnout of recruits in attendance. Among them were a pair of 2016 big men in Sedee Keita and Isaiah Whaley. Keita is a known target that the Friar coaching staff has been chasing hard for awhile now. Whaley is a name many Friar fans may not have heard. Jeff Battle began expressing interest in Whaley back in June but the Friars didn’t offer until this weekend. The Friars offered another big man on Monday in Serbian Nik Popovic and they are reported to have interest in Sudanese big man Gorjok Gak. More on all and more below.
Continue reading Providence Recruiting Update: Sedee Keita and New Offers, Interest