2018 wing Cole Swider announced that he has cut his list to 8 schools on Wednesday. Creighton, Indiana, Miami, Michigan, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier made the cut. Swider, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Rhode Island recently for his play at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, has decided to trim some of the multitude of offers he has received to a more manageable number shortly after the end of the second live recruiting period of April. During those two weekends in April, Swider ran with BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit in Hampton, VA and then Indianapolis, IN.
Providence is in the midst of a tough stretch on the court after falling at the hands of St. John’s at home on Wednesday night to fall to 3-6 in Big East play. A stark contrast in guard talent was on display with the Red Storm getting 48 of their 91 points from their starting backcourt of freshmen Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds. Providence coveted Ponds in the 2016 class and the decision ultimately came down to the Friars or Red Storm. Ed Cooley and his staff have certainly shown an eye for identifying talent and the next few days provide yet another opportunity in Providence’s backyard to catch some top prep talent at the National Prep School Invitational being played Thursday through Sunday at Rhode Island College. Here are some of Providence’s targets that will be in action at RIC over the next few days:
With two recruits signed in the Class of 2017, Ed Cooley and his staff have had the opportunity to forge more relationships with players in the Classes of 2018 and 2019. This weekend plenty of talented players in 2017, 2018, 2019 and even 2020 will be on display at the Zero Gravity Prep Classic. This annual event will be held at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, RI over the weekend and will feature not only some of Providence’s top local recruiting targets, but there will also be plenty of talented players across the board that may not end up attracting interest from the Friars or haven’t yet but will in the future. Nearly 40 different schools will play over the course of the three days at St. Andrew’s. The Providence staff will obviously be a bit busy on Saturday afternoon, but I would expect to see some Providence coaches in Barrington at some point over the weekend.
Providence coaches get another in-season opportunity to stay close to home but still be hot on the recruiting trail. This weekend St. Andrew’s hosts their annual Holiday Classic with a number of Providence recruits scheduled to play games at the Barrington school’s gym on Friday and Saturday. Cox Hub will also have live streams of 3 Friday games. You can read an excellent preview of the event by the New England Recruiting Report over at Cox Hub.
Two weeks ago Ed Cooley and his staff got the opportunity to take the short trip down 95 South to New Haven for the National Prep Showcase. That was a great opportunity — a short drive down the road — for Cooley and his coaches to watch, evaluate and be seen by high level recruits. Now in early December, Providence’s coaches have an even more local opportunity to watch, evaluate and be seen by high level recruits with the Zero Gravity Prep Classic taking place this weekend in Barrington, RI at St. Andrew’s — a 20 minute drive from Providence’s Smith Hill campus. Providence is still recruiting hard for 2016 — especially big men — but this will also give the staff a chance to get some face time with some members of the classes of 2017 and 2018. Cox Hub will also have live streams of 3 games Friday night.
While the Providence coaching staff probably won’t be able to attend much of this weekend’s National Prep School Invitational due to a road game at Xavier on Saturday there will be a number of Providence recruiting targets playing at Rhode Island College this weekend.
The NPSI begins on Thursday, February 5th and runs through Sunday, February 8th. There are teams from all over New England as well as teams from Florida, Kansas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and even some international teams from Canada and the Czech Republic. Cox Hub will have live streaming available of 3 games each day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5/day or $9 for a month pass to get all NPSI streaming games.
Below is the full schedule of the event. All games will be played at Rhode Island College on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Providence. You’ll see that I’ve listed any Providence recruits that are playing in a particular game.
Thursday, February 5th