After Prentiss Hubb announced his decision to play college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish via Twitter on May 17th, Wildcat head coach Jay Wright and his staff were forced to cross one of their primary recruiting targets for the 2018-19 season off their list.
Villanova wasn’t necessarily considered the favorite for landing the talented D.C. native, but they were thought to be in a close battle with Maryland for his commitment. The four-star high school guard pulled off a mild surprise in picking the Irish according to most national sentiments, but perhaps it shouldn’t have been considering Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey’s long-standing ties to the Washington, D.C. area. The Irish have been extremely solid on the court in recent years and feature guard-heavy rotations in their offensive schemes much like Villanova does.
What does this mean exactly for the Wildcats? Considering Hubb was a top target at the guard spot, his decision is a mild blow, but Jay Wright still has plenty of quality options left on the table. Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly has been and still is Wright’s number-one overall target for the position and ‘Nova is in a good spot in terms of landing the New Jersey native after being listed in Quinerly’s recently announced “Final 7” schools (also via Twitter).
The 6’0 lead guard was recently elevated to five-star status in the 247Sports composite and is leading the Under Armour AAU circuit in offensive efficiency so far this spring. He looks like the ready-made replacement for Jalen Brunson that the Wildcats will likely need after next season. Quinerly plans to make his decision this fall after completing his official campus visits, so this recruitment still has a while to go.
The ‘Cats have also extended scholarship offers to four-star guards David Duke, Elijah Weaver, Cormac Ryan and Devon Dotson, all of whom would be sufficient fall-back options if Jay Wright’s recruiting efforts fall short with Quinerly.