Wildcats Land First 2018 Recruit in 4-Star Wing Brandon Slater

Head coach Jay Wright received welcoming news Wednesday when four-star prospect Brandon Slater, a 6’6, 180-pound small forward out of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA, announced his commitment to Villanova. Slater chose the Wildcats over numerous high profile programs from which he held scholarship offers, including Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He announced his decision via his personal Twitter page:

Ranked within the nation’s top 50 prospects by all major recruiting outlets (30th overall by Scout, 35th by 247Sports and 42nd in the ESPN60), Slater’s length and versatility will allow coach Wright to use him in a variety of different ways, either with the ball in his hands or on the wing.

When asked why he picked Villanova, according to Scout.com‘s Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels), Slater said the following:

“Going up there, it just feels like a second home. It gives me a good vibe. It’s nothing like all of the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It’s already home.”

This past spring, Slater played for Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL circuit, which just wrapped up its fourth and final session of the season. He averaged just under eight points and four rebounds per game.

His ESPN Insider scouting report can be viewed below:

Scouting Report (Updated 5/25/2017)

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.

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