Villanova Wildcats 2018-19 Recruiting Roundup: Top Targets w/ Insider Scouting Reports

With Villanova’s (good but not great) 2017 recruiting class set in stone after the commitments of forwards Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and guard Collin Gillespie, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018 targets that head coach Jay Wright and his staff are currently pursuing. All of the following players have received formal scholarship offers from Villanova…

o Cameron Reddish

Position: Small Forward
Height/Weight: 6’8/200 lbs.
Hometown: Norristown, PA
High School: The Westtown School (West Chester, PA)
ESPN60 Grade: 95 (5-Star)
ESPN60 Nat’l Ranking: 4th
Also Considering: Arizona, Auburn, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA

Scouting Report (via ESPN Insider – 5/8/2017)

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.


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4-Star Guard Prentiss Hubb Chooses Notre Dame Over Villanova & Maryland

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.

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Recruiting Update: Aidan Igiehon…

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4-star Class of 2018 Villanova recruiting target Aidan Igiehon
The Villanova Wildcats are the latest school to extend a sholarship offer to 4-star, class of 2019 center Aidan Igiehon. The 6’10, 215-pound Irish import is currently enrolled at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, New York. He plays for the New York Lightning on the AAU circuit.

Along with the defending National Champions, Igiehon also holds offers from St. John’s, Seton Hall and the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard, Stanford, Arizona, Florida St. and Georgetown are showing strong interest but have yet to extend a scholarship offer.

Wildcat assistant coach Kyle Neptune traveled to Woodmere, New York today to scout Igiehon according to 247Sports.com‘s Andrew Slater (@ASlater247). Lawrence Woodmere Academy was scheduled to play Sacred Heart earlier this evening.

Brief Update on Jahvon Quinerly’s Recruitment Status…

According to college basketball insider and New York Times contributor Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria), who spoke directly to 2018 Villanova recruiting target and New Jersey native Jahvon Quinerly this week, he will make his college decision “Early September, before November for sure.”

Ranked as the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports.com, Quinerly says he’s considering Kansas, Syracuse, Villanova, Arizona, Stanford, Maryland, Ohio State, Virginia and Seton Hall.

Here’s hoping Jay Wright and his staff can convince the extremely talented high schooler to play his college hoops on the Main Line by then.

Jahvon Quinerly Shines at the Metro Classic…

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Hudson Catholic’s Jahvon Quinerly

Scout.com‘s Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) posted a recruiting update today pertaining to point guard Jahvon Quinerly, a 6’1 high school junior out of Hudson Catholic in Jersey City, New Jersey. Villanova has been heavily recruiting the talented youngster for quite some time now, hoping to lure him to the Main Line for the 2018-19 season. Here’s the article written by Snow on Scout.com


Four-star floor general Jahvon Quinerly put on a show at the Metro Classic this past weekend in Union, New Jersey. In leading his Hudson Catholic Hawks to a commanding win over Trenton Catholic, Quinerly scored over 30 points and put on a clinic passing the basketball. With his junior season continuing to go well, the talented youngster is seeing his recruitment only get busier.

“I have been working on my leadership skills, being able to pick my spots, and also score while being someone who gets my teammates involved.”

When it comes to his recruitment, a long list of schools are making him a priority.

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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)

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2017-18 Recruiting Outlook…

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HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 04: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats cuts the net following their 77-74 victory against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship at NRG Stadium on April 04, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Culminating in their historic National Championship this past season, the Villanova Wildcats have experienced tremendous success over the past sixteen years under the guidance of head coach Jay Wright. The two-time Naismith College Coach of the Year has commandeered one of the most prosperous eras of college hoops in the history of the storied Philadelphia Big Five.

Villanova’s rise to national prominence has been the result of Wright and his staff returning to the recruitment of “program” players, young student-athletes who understand the core values of what is most important to Villanova basketball – hard work, unselfishness and sacrifice. An essential component to the program’s success, Wright’s invaluable pursuits on the NCAA recruiting trail throughout his tenure have included the commitments of numerous high-profile recruits to the University.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, Jay Wright has secured three commitments thus far to help fill the void that will remain after the graduations of Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds. While that is a ton of talent leaving the program, the Wildcats will also regain the services of formally top-15 ranked big man Omari Spellman, who will begin his Villanova career in 2017 after having to take an academic red-shirt during the current season. With Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Phil Booth, Eric Paschall and Donte DiVincenzo remaining on the roster to help indoctrinate the incoming freshmen, the Wildcats should still be in good shape to compete once again in the ever-improving Big East Conference.

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