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Friar Friday News & Notes: David Duke Commitment Day Edition

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.

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Friar Friday News & Notes, Including a God Shammgod Update

Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, including a God Shammgod update, Providence’s upcoming visitors, an updated Scout.com 2019 recruit rankings, and more.

God Signs an Extension

God Shammgod left Providence for a job in player development with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks last July. After a successful year in Dallas in which Shammgod has received credit for the improvement of Harrison Barnes, the Mavs locked up the former Friar with a 4-year contract extension. While Barnes’ improvement is noteworthy for the Mavs after they signed him to a 4-year, $94.4 million contract, what may be motivating the Mavericks to keep Shammgod around is Dennis Smith, Jr. Shammgod and Smith have a prior relationship from Smith’s high school days and he is expected to be the point guard of the future after being taken 9th overall in April’s NBA Draft.

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2018 Khavon Moore Cuts List Ahead of July Live Periods

2018 wing Khavon Moore has cut his list down to 12 schools ahead of the all-important July live periods that begin later this week. Moore’s list of schools is Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Marquette, Mercer, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC. The talented wing guard is one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class. During the spring live periods Moore ran with the Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour Association and played a few games with Nike South Beach on the Nike EYBL circuit.

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Top 2018 Guard Includes Providence in Trimmed List of 8

Providence locked up their two commitments in the Class of 2017 earlier this month when both Dajour Dickens and Nate Watson signed their national letters of intent. As I’ve discussed, getting commitments on board in the current senior class by mid-September has allowed the Providence coaching staff to shift their recruiting focus towards the Classes of 2018 and 2019.

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Providence Lands Top Big Man Target in 2017

Ed Cooley should host a top recruit annually on his birthday. 2017 power forward Nate Watson got to Providence on the night of September 9th for his official visit and committed to Cooley and the Friars before heading home the night of September 10th: Cooley’s 47th birthday. The news was first reported by Adam Zagoria. “Coach told me he’d never lost a recruit on his birthday,” Watson told Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. Watson continued, “he jumped in his (swimming) pool when I gave him the word.” Cooley and his staff prioritized Watson since they offered him a scholarship back in early February, a few weeks before 2017 6’11 center Dajour Dickens committed to the Friars.

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