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AJ Reeves, David Duke Crack ESPN Top 50

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Ed Cooley landed one of his strongest recruiting classes to date with a 2018 haul highlighted by Providence native David Duke (Cushing Academy) and Boston’s AJ Reeves (Brimmer and May). While Duke and Reeves have received most of the acclaim thanks to their national ranking and proximity to Providence, 6’8 South Carolina forward Jimmy Nichols has the makings of another Cooley find, and North Carolina wing Kris Monroe will add needed outside shooting

ESPN released its updated top 100 for the class of 2018 earlier today, and both Duke (#45) and Reeves (#50) were part of the top 50. Including Duke and Reeves, five Big East players cracked the top 50, with Portsmouth, RI native Cole Swider receiving the highest ranking at #34. Swider is headed to Villanova, along with #48 Brandon Slater (6’5, Fairfax, VA). The fifth top 50 Big East pledge is Marquette commit Joey Hauser (#44).

Click here for the full list.

We’ve been tracking Reeves and Duke closely throughout their final high school seasons. Highlights from five of their games can be found in our Video Vault:

Nichols was featured on Myrtle Beach Online today:

The article provides an in-depth look at the versatile 6’8 forward. From the article:

Two months after he signed with Providence College, well after the recruiting pitches were over and the days of folks trying to make him feel bigger than his 6-foot-8 frame, Nichols’ face reacted to maybe the nicest thing someone could possibly say about his game, something that caused his face to twist in several displays of positive emotion and semi-disbelief all at once.

“I see him being an all-conference player when it’s all said and done,” Ed Cooley said.



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