Friar Basketball

April Live Recruiting Period Underway

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The first live evaluation period (where schools can view AAU teams in-person) took  place this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday across the country.

This all-important period is when college coaches start to finalize decisions on who they are going to concentrate on in recruiting the class of 2018.

The PC coaching staff was out in full at AAU tournaments in Dallas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other locations.

Listed below are capsule previews of some of the recruits that the Friar coaching staff may be concentrating on in the class of 2018, followed by a list of some other players that PC has shown an interest in and may decide to aggressively pursue.

AJ Reeves, 6’6 SG, Mass Rivals (Brimmer and May) Adidas Uprising Dallas

Reeves is a 6’6 shooting guard ranked in the top 100 of all the major scouting services. He is a prolific outside shooter whose handle and court awareness allow him to play the point in a pinch if necessary. Reeves is an elite athlete whose size transfers well at the next level.

Reeves has been on PC’s radar for a long time and the Friars were the first high major program to extend him an offer. He is one of the Friars’ key recruits for the 2018 class.

A Closer Look at AJ Reeves

Here is the latest highlight tape on Reeves in action:

Reeves had 21 points in 15 minutes of action in a Mass Rivals victory over Stackhouse Elite

Reeves scored 12 points in a Mass Rivals victory over D1 Minnesota

Reeves was scoreless in two minutes of actions in a Mass Rivals victory over Texas Pro

Reeves did not play against Urban ASAK

David Duke, 6’4 PG, Mass Rivals (Cushing Academy), Adidas Uprising Dallas

Providence native David Duke is one of the fastest rising players in the 2018 class. An elite athlete, Duke is lightning fast and is able to finish at the rim. His size allows him to switch between both guard positions. He is already ranked in the top 100 on most recruiting services and is just scratching the surface of his ability.

One of Ed Cooley’s highest recruiting priorities for the 2018 class will be to keep Duke at home. He has been to PC numerous times and the Friar staff will be following him very closely during the April Live Period.

A Closer Look at David Duke

Here is a highlight mix-tape of Duke in action:

Duke scored five points and had two assists in a Mass Rivals victory over Stackhouse Elite

Duke scored 11 points in a Mass Rivals victory over D1 Minnesota

Duke scored 12 points in a Mass Rivals victory over Texas Pro

Duke had 14 points and four assists in a Mass Rivals victory over Urban ASAK

Cole Swider, 6’8 SF, BABC (St. Andrew’s), EYBL Hampton VA

Rhode Island native Cole Swider is one of best shooters in the class of 2018. He is much more than a shooter, however, as he has very good court awareness and athletic ability. His ideal position may be as a face-up four at the next level, although he has the ability to play both forward spots.

Several Big East schools, including the Friars, are in strong pursuit of Swider. It will be one of Cooley’s objectives to keep him close to home. Swider picked up offers from Indiana and Florida after a big opening weekend.

A Closer Look at Cole Swider

Swider had 17 points and six rebounds in BABC’s first game against Team United.

Swider had 37 points and seven rebounds in BABC’s win over Team Takeover

Swider had 11 points and seven rebounds in a BABC loss to CIA Bounce

Swider had 22 points and 13 rebounds in a BABC win over Team Melo

Immanuel Quickley, 6’3 PG, Team BBC (Cardinal Gibbons), Adidas Uprising Dallas

Immanuel Quickley is currently ranked as the top point guard in the country for the class of 2018 by ESPN. At 6’3, Quickley possesses all the skills to immediately be an elite player at the college level.

The top college programs are really after him, but he has indicated that PC is one of the final seven schools that he is still considering. He will be tough to get, but the PC coaching staff will continue to actively recruit him during the spring and summer AAU seasons.

Quickley has 22 points and five rebounds in a Team BBC victory over Basketball University

Quickley had 15 points and two assists in a Team BBC victory over  Twenty Two Vision

Quickley had 7 points and four assists in a Team BBC victory over YIIS TX Future

Quickley had 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a Team BBC victory over Team Bradley

Jake Forrester, 6’8 PF, PSA Cardinals (Westtown School), EYBL Hampton, VA

Forrester, a 6’8 power forward, is ranked in the top 100 nationally by many recruiting services. His size and athleticism allow him to drive to the rim with authority and finish through contact with ease. An elite level athlete, Forrester needs to wok on his ball handling and outside shot in order to become a multi-positional threat for a high major program.

Forrester is one of Cooley’s top frontcourt recruits in the 2018 class, and the coaching staff will be concentrating on him during the AAU Live Recruiting periods. He has indicated that he wants to visit PC at some point during the spring.

Jake Forrester did not score in PSA Cardinals’ victory over NIKE Phamily

Forrester had 8 points and seven rebounds in a PSA victory over the Las Vegas Prospects

Forrester did not score in a PSA victory over the Playground Elite 

Forrester had four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes against Indy Spiece Heat

Noah Locke,  6’2 PG-SG, Team Melo (McDonough School), EYBL Hampton, VA

Locke is one of the elite shooters in the class of 2018. He has has a solid handle and good passing ability which will allow him to be a combo guard at the next level.

Providence is very interested in Locke and recently had an in home visit with him. The interest appears to be mutual. Here is what Locke had to say about Ed Cooley and the coaching staff:

“Coach Cooley and I are very close,” explained Locke. “He has been calling me a lot and telling me I am their number one target and that they want me to come. I’ve been there for their Elite Camp and I really liked it. I have a good relationship with Coach Cooley and the assistants.”

Expect Cooley and his staff to continue to recruit Locke hard during the spring and summer recruiting periods.

Locke had 10 points and three rebounds in Team Melo’s first game against CIA Bounce.

Locke had 24 points in a Team Melo victory over Team CP3

Locke had 19 points in a Team Melo loss to Team Takeover

Locke had 13 points in a Team Melo loss to BABC

Keyontae Johnson, 6’5 SG, Boo Williams (IMG Academy), EYBL Hampton,  VA.

Johnson is a 6’5 physical shooting guard with a good outside shooting touch. He is listed in the top 100 on some recruiting sites. He is a steady defensive player and has the athletic ability to finish above the rim. He needs to work on his ball handling to become a true shooting guard at the next level.

Johnson took an unofficial visit to PC during the season and is seriously considering the Friars.

Johnson had five points and six rebounds in a Boo Williams victory over NIKE South Beach

Johnson had two points and four assists in a Boo Williams victory over UPlay Canada

Johnson had 10 points and five rebounds in a Boo Williams victory over Southern Stampede

Johnson had 12 points and four assists in a Boo Williams victory over Team United

Khavon Moore, 6’8 SF, Atlanta Express (Westside High), UAA New York

Moore is currently ranked as the second best small forward nationally in the class of 2018 by ESPN. He is a long, athletic forward who makes highlight reel plays on the fastbreak. He also possesses a nice jumper, very good ball handling skills, and great court awareness.

Moore has indicated that PC is one of the schools he is strongly considering. You can expect the Friars to continue to recruit him hard despite the fact that the big time programs will become involved with him.

Khavon Moore had 12 points and 10 rebounds in an Atlanta Express victory over Texas Hard Work

Moore scored 18 points and had 8 rebounds in an Atlanta Express loss to Team Felton

Moore had 10 points and six rebounds in an Atlanta Express victory over Wisconsin Playground Warriors

Maurice Calloo, 6’8 PF, Atlanta Celtics (Huntington Prep), Adidas Gauntlet Dallas

Maurice Calloo is a rapidly rising power forward in the class of 2018 who is set to have a big spring and summer on the AAU circuit. His versatility and athletic ability will enable him to play both forward positions at the next level. As with most high school players at this stage he needs to work on his defense to be an elite player.

The Friars are very interested in Calloo and will be recruiting hard. He likes the Friars as well. Here is what he had to say about Ed Cooley:

“Cooley just loves everything about my game,” noted Calloo. “He likes that I can play inside-out and how efficient that I am. So I am very interested in Providence.”

Calloo had nine points and 13 rebounds in an Atlanta Celtics victory over Team Arsenal

Calloo had 11 points and 13 rebounds in an Atlanta Celtics victory over Team Rose

Calloo had 17 points and 10 rebounds in an Atlanta Celtics victory over Team Lillard

Calloo had three points in 11 minutes of action in an Atlanta Celtics loss to MBA Hoops

Other 2018 Recruits to Keep a Close Eye on

Akok Akok, 6’8 SF, Mass Rivals (Putnam Science Academy)

Marcus Zegarowski, 6’2 PG, Expressions Elite (Tilton School)

Keldon Johnson, 6’6 SG-SF, Boo Williams (Huntington Prep)

Jason Wade, 6’5 SG, Boo Williams (Trinity Episcopal)

Devon Dotson, 6’2 PG, Team CLT (Providence Day School)

Jaelin Llewelyn, 6’2 PG, Team Loaded (Virginia Episcopal)

Xavier Johnson, 6’3 PG, Dream Vision (Bishop O’Connell)

Hameir Wright, 6’8 SF, Albany City Rocks (Brewster Academy)

Kiyon Boyd, 6’5 SG, Team Loaded (HD Woodson High)

John Newman III, 6’6SG, CP3 All Stars, (Greensboro Day School)

Jeenathan Williams, 6’5 SG, Albany City Rocks (University Prep)

Tyrek Chambers, 6’1 SG, NY Rens (Christ the King)

Nate Laszewski, 6’7 SF, New England Playaz (Northfield Mount Hermon)

Sidney Wilson, 6’7 SF-PF, New Heights (Brewster Academy)

Joel Ntambwe, 6’8 SF, Team Penny (Forrest Trails Academy)

Jalen Smith, 6’9 PF, Team Takeover (Mount St. Joseph High School)

Jermaine Harris, 6’9 PF, DC Premier (Rock Creek Christian Academy)

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