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Key Recruiting Targets in Local All Star Game

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With their season having ended last week after their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Ed Cooley and his staff enter a spring and summer of recruiting that may be as critical as any the staff has faced since coming to Providence.

The Friars are well positioned with a number of high upside 2018 prospects (current juniors), and several of them will be on the floor this Saturday at the annual “All About Buckets” all star game at CCRI in Warwick.

Providence’s top three targets locally, shooting guard A.J. Reeves of Brimmer and May, Cushing Academy combo guard David Duke, and St. Andrew’s forward Cole Swider, will all be in action and playing on the same team.

We’ve written about each recruit in great detail on this site.

Reeves has long been considered one of New England’s top players in 2018. He’s an outstanding shooter with good size who has the potential to develop into a great scorer at the next level.

Swider is known as an outstanding jump shooter, especially for his size, but he’s also not afraid to take the ball to the rim.

Duke’s stock exploded at Cushing this past season thanks to his high-level athleticism and ability to play either guard spot. Perhaps no player in the class of 2018 is rising faster.

Both Duke (Providence) and Swider (Portsmouth) are Rhode Island natives, while Reeves is from just outside of Boston. If Providence were to receive commitments from any of these recruits it would be considered a home run for Cooley and his staff, but they are gunning for a grand slam in 2018. Some combination of the three could be program changing.

Brewster Academy wing Sidney Wilson is a freakish athlete who has received attention from Providence, while the game will also feature Wabissa Bede (Virginia Tech commit), Terrell Brown (Pittsburgh commit), Kimani Lawrence (Providence native and Arizona State commit), and a number of other very good local prospects.

Doors open at 5pm on Saturday.

For more on Duke, see our Closer Look article:

And a Closer Look at Swider:

Highlights of A.J. Reeves: 

Twitter: @Kevin_Farrahar




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    March 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

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