The Providence Friars continue to benefit off the brilliance of head coach Ed Cooley, as the program landed 5-star talent David Duke on the recruiting trail.

David Duke, a native of Providence, becomes Cooley’s second top-50 commitment in the 2018 class with Duke’s Mass Rivals teammate AJ Reeves being the first commitment for Cooley back in June. Duke is ranked 48th by 247Sports composite national ranking while Reeves is 49th.

Providence freshman Makai Ashton-Langford is also a former Mass Rivals teammate and he was ranked 40th in the class of 2017.

This continues a trend that should continue. Ed Cooley has emerged as one of the nation's best coaches, and something like landing David Duke only increases credence to that idea.

The talented Duke started high school at Providence’s Classical High School and led the Purple to the 2016 Rhode Island Division I state championship while averaging 20.7 points per game in the playoffs. He would then transfer to the prep school Cushing Academy and re-classified from 2017 to 2018.

Providence’s 2018 recruiting class of Duke, Reeves, Kris Monroe and Jimmy Nichols is now ranked 8th nationally by 247Sports and the Friars have the top-ranked class among their Big East brethren.

It is certainly worth noting, that depending on which recruiting service outlet you fancy, some do have PC's newset commitment as a 4-star rather than a 5.

Nevertheless, as it has been for the last few years, expect the Friars to see now real drop off over the next few seasons. Cooley can't be — and won't be, for that matter — stopped.