2018-19 Recruiting Outlook…

5-star Villanova recruit Jahvon Quinerly competing for Sports U in the 2018 Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown 17-U championship. (photo courtesy of Tom Reifsnyder)
5-star Villanova recruit Jahvon Quinerly competing for Sports U in the 2018 Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown 17-U championship. (photo courtesy of Tom Reifsnyder)

Barring any early departures or transfers, here is what the Villanova Wildcat roster should look like for the 2018-19 season…

Player/Year

  • Jalen Brunson, G – Senior
  • Mikal Bridges, G/F – Senior
  • Donte DiVincenzo, G – Junior
  • Tim Delaney, F – Sophomore
  • Dylan Painter, F – Sophomore
  • Omari Spellman, F/C – Sophomore
  • Jermaine Samuels, G – Sophomore
  • Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, F – Sophomore
  • Collin Gillespie, G – Sophomore

Head coach Jay Wright and his staff are constantly on the recruiting trail trying to add additional talent to the roster. While not having secured any commitments thus far for the 2018 class (not many schools have), here is a look at their current targets:

Jahvon Quinerly

  • Position: Guard
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’1/160 lbs.
  • Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
  • High School: Hudson Catholic

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 90 (5-star)
  • Position: 4
  • Regional: 6
  • State: 2
  • National: 22 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

He’s highly skilled with an instinctive feel for the game. He has a feathery touch on his jumper with a compact release and great rotation off both the catch and the dribble. His handle is tight as too is his ability to change direction on a dime. His floor game is mature as he can already play, and make plays, within offensive structure with a high I.Q. He’s super smooth with everything he does with the ball, very poised and able to make a variety of high level finds.

Weaknesses:

While Quinerly projects as a pure point guard at the next level he plays both on and off the ball right now. He’s a little undersized and neither especially strong nor naturally explosive. He’s rarely above the rim and generally reliant on his ball skills and I.Q. to make plays, instead of his physical tools. He’ll need to get more vocal to take on more of a leadership role and has to make a more consistent effort on the defensive end of the floor as well.

Bottom Line:

He’s not quite as big, strong or explosive as other elite prospects in the class but he differentiates himself with his skill, basketball I.Q. and feel for the game.

www.espnu.com (1/25/2017)

Brandon Slater

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’5/180 lbs.
  • Hometown: Fairfax, VA
  • High School: Paul VI

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 88 (4-star)
  • Position: 12
  • Regional: 11
  • State: 3
  • National: 43 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

Slater is a long lefty swingman with a lot of scoring tools. He’s athletic with equally long arms and legs. He has the tools to evolve into a high level defender and also the potential to put the ball in the basket in a number of ways. He’s very fluid in the open floor, can make sharp slashes to the rim and increasingly consistent range out to the three-point line. He has the size to score over top of smaller defenders in the mid-range area and generally gets the majority of his points within the flow of the offense.

Weaknesses:
Filling out his frame and becoming more assertive are the two biggest areas of improvement and both are showing consistent progress. He’s naturally narrow through his core but now showing off more long and lean type muscle definition. As a youngster he had a tendency to be too passive but is starting to be more assertive on a consistent basis. His jumper is a bit of a set shot, albeit one that is looking increasing fluid, while he could also stand to improve his ball-handling, both in terms of handling against pressure as well as creating his own offense.

Bottom Line:

Slater is a long and increasingly athletic wing with the tools to evolve into a good defender and versatile scorer of the basketball.

Prentiss Hubb

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’3/170 lbs.
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C.
  • High School: Gonzaga College HS

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 87 (4-star)
  • Position: 10
  • Regional: 15
  • State: 2
  • National: 60 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

Hubb is a wiry left-handed combo-guard who could mold into a point guard before his high school career is over. He is a slick ball handler with a high basketball IQ. His handle is solid and he changes speeds very well while attacking in transition. In addition, his look-ahead passes demonstrate his feel for the game. He can knock in jump shots from deep and his release looks tight.

Weaknesses:

Hubb needs to continue to improve his strength and quickness. In addition, he needs to get stronger handling the ball with his off hand (right) while attacking pressure. As he gets stronger he’ll be able to finish through contact on a regular basis.

Bottom Line:

It will be interesting to see how much Hubb evolves as a possible point guard down the road because he has the intangibles to do it.

Elijah Weaver

  • Position: Guard
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’5/195 lbs.
  • Hometown: Oldsmar, FL
  • High School: Oldsmar Christian HS

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 88 (4-star)
  • Position: 9
  • Regional: 16
  • State: 5
  • National: 42 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

Weaver is a physically imposing scoring guard who is playing at both the point and off guard positions. He owns all the physical tools: size, strength, quickness and toughness for the backcourt. He takes command of the floor with his presence and does a good job changing speeds with the ball in his hands to effectively get past defenders. His points are mostly from transition and half court penetration although when he gets to his pull up jumper it’s effective. Defensively he can cover multiple positions and switch on to small guards and muscle and chase against bigger backcourt shooters.

Weaknesses:

In order for Weaver to effectively becomes a point guard he must value the ball better by cutting down on his turnovers and cranking up his assists. His approach to serve others first and set the table for his teammates is imperative in order to make the transition to a point guard. His outside shot is a work in progress from behind the arc. He makes three’s but is considered a volume shooter. Improved shot selection with learning the nuances of the lead guard spot will enhance his consistency.

Bottom Line:

As Weaver continues to grow in the game from learning the point guard position while keeping his aggressiveness to score he will have the balance needed to operate more efficiently. He already demonstrates the vision to make the assist especially in the conversion game and his upside is evident but he must parlay his physical tools with better basketball IQ and decision making to impact games on a regular basis.

www.espnu.com (1/25/2017)

Jalen Smith

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’9/200 lbs.
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • High School: Mount St. Joseph HS

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 88 (4-star)
  • Position: 12
  • Regional: 9
  • State: 2
  • National: 37 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

Smith has a rare combination of size, agility, athleticism and natural skill. He’s super long with big shoulders to fill out. He runs the floor very well but changes direction and covers the court equally fluidly. He has a great natural touch all the way out to the three-point line, good hands and dexterity.

Weaknesses:

The first half of his high school career was characterized by incredible talent but a questionable motor and toughness. He’s very hesitant to bang inside, gets driven to the ground by contact and too often unproductive for someone with his immense tools.

Bottom Line:

He’s a highly talented youngster with significant upside. He possesses all the tools and abilities to evolve into an athletic and skilled four-man but needs to show a consistent motor and willingness to play through contact to maximize those tools.

www.espnu.com (1/25/2017)

Cameron Reddish

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’9/200 lbs.
  • Hometown: Norristown, PA
  • High School: The Westtown School

Rankings

  • Player Grade:
  • Position:
  • Regional:
  • State:
  • National: (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

From a very young age, Reddish’s talent has been undeniable. With the game of a guard and the body of a big forward, he’s a true mismatch problem, who has the feel for the game and natural unselfishness to match. He’s probably smoother than he is explosive, but still a good overall athlete, with long arms. He handles the ball well and can create for others but has always had an instinct for sharing the ball and scoring within the flow of the game. He’s a developing shooter and gradually becoming a more dangerous driver as he continues to fill out his frame and grow into his body. He also has great economy of motion in route to the rim with very long strides and quick hands on the defensive end.

Weaknesses:

His unselfishness and willingness to share the ball is both one of his greatest strengths as well as one of his biggest weaknesses. For a guy of his talent, he doesn’t dominate a game quite as often as he should. Some of that is due to the fact that he’s really only beginning to learn how to create his own shot and is still an inconsistent shooter from the perimeter, but his motor doesn’t always run quite as high as it needs to either.

Bottom Line:

He’s ultra-talented, naturally unselfish and gifted with a terrific combination of size and instinctive feel. However, he’s still very young and his game just beginning to evolve. Patience is a key but long-term he’s one of the brightest prospects in the class.

www.espnu.com (1/25/2017)

Hameir Wright

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’7/195 lbs.
  • Hometown: Albany, NY
  • High School: The Albany Academy

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 89 (4-star)
  • Position: 5
  • Regional: 7
  • State: 2
  • National: 27 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

Wright is a big forward with great length and a consistently improving skill set. He has equally long arms and legs and while he plays mostly as a four now, he has the chance to develop into a big wing down the road. He can score around the rim and make some baby hooks over his left shoulder but is also smooth facing the basket. He handles some in the open floor, is agile enough to allude defenders with euro steps and is starting to be more of a weapon behind the three-point line as well. Defensively, he’s long and athletic enough to block shots from the weak-side of the floor and can start the break after pulling in defensive rebounds.

Weaknesses:

The tools are all there, he just needs to tighten everything up at this point. He has the potential to impact the game in a lot of ways and score the ball from various spots on the floor but consistency isn’t his strong suit just yet. He’ll play hard in stretches, but he can also disappear at times and so it’s both a matter of continuing to polish his skill set as well as developing his motor so that it doesn’t run only in bursts.

Bottom Line:

His size, length and budding mismatch skill makes him a very intriguing prospect in the national class of 2017 and a priority for high-major programs in the northeast region.

Nazreon Reid

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Class: 2018
  • Height/Weight: 6’10/240 lbs.
  • Hometown: Neptune, NJ
  • High School: Roselle Catholic HS

Rankings

  • Player Grade: 92 (5-star)
  • Position: 6
  • Regional: 3
  • State: 1
  • National: 11 (ESPN60)

Scouting Report

Strengths:

His natural talent level is staggering. His ability to handle and pass the basketball at his size is absolutely off the charts and gives him incredible potential as a playmaking forward and mismatch problem. He can take the ball off the glass and lead the break without problem, make quick instinctive improvisations with the ball in his hands and create offense for both himself and his teammates. His shooting stroke isn’t quite as natural as his handle or passing abilities, but it’s nonetheless a developing part of his game. Physically, he has the frame to play through contact and good athleticism for his size, both of which make him capable of being a high level finisher and rebounder as well.

Weaknesses:

His talent level is undeniable, but he needs to continue to mature, as much with his mental approach to the game as his physical tools. The challenge for any talented youngster is to develop winning habits, even in a day and age where he’s likely been celebrated for a long time before he’s even reached high school. For Reid, that comes down to playing as hard as he can every time out, having a positive attitude and good body language, and valuing the ball and each possession in order to be as efficient as possible.

Bottom Line:

Reid’s playmaking instincts are off the charts for a player with his size and physical tools, but he still has to develop the habits and winning mentality to maximize those tools or else he risks ultimately not living up to his potential.

One thought on “2018-19 Recruiting Outlook…

  1. Jane January 31, 2017 / 10:53 PM

    Great piece, Drew! Keep up the good work!

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