The 2018 recruiting class is an absolutely pivotal one for Ed Cooley and Providence College as they are set to potentially lose not just four starters but also their four leading scorers and rebounders.
The good news is that there are already some quality replacements in house with the likes of Makai Ashton-Langford, Alpha Diallo, and Nate Watson. Nevertheless, the Friars will still need a class that is both deep and talented as they’ll require multiple freshmen to be able to play right away during the 2018-2019 season.
Three-point shooting was another major priority for the Friars in the 2018 class and they consequently targeted some of the very best shot-makers from up and down the east coast in recent months. A.J. Reeves gives them one of the very best, not just in New England, but the entire country.
Reeves knocked down 46% of his attempts from behind the arc this spring during Adidas Gauntlet play, and perhaps even more impressive, is his ability to make shots off the dribble in the mid-range area with his unique ability to step-back and create space for his pull-up.
Combine his shot-making prowess with his 6-foot-6 frame and consequent ability to play multiple perimeter positions and you have a valuable asset for Cooley and the Friars. The icing on the cake is that he is a local product. In fact, he’s the third nationally ranked prospect from New England to commit to the Friars in the last three years. That’s important because it brings added cache on the local recruiting trail, and in a year when there are still more important pieces to add (perhaps none more so than Reeves’ AAU teammate David Duke) that could be very relevant to the rest of the class.