While waiting for answers regarding FBI investigation, Jahvon Quinerly commits to Villanova

Senior point guard Jahvon Quinerly (#5) drives past a defender while playing for his high school team, the Hudson Catholic Hawks.

“Unique circumstance” would be a way of putting it lightly when describing Jahvon Quinerly’s recruitment process over the past twelve months. The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard out of Jersey City’s Hudson Catholic High School announced his verbal commitment to Villanova University this past Wednesday via his personal Instagram account. Quinerly, a Hackensack, New Jersey native, is ranked as the No. 5 point guard and 26th overall prospect among the nation’s top 100 high school recruits according to ESPN.

Once part of head coach Sean Miller and Arizona’s loaded 2018 recruiting class that had been ranked as high as second in the country, Quinerly de-committed and reopened his recruitment this past October after the FBI conducted an extensive investigation into the underbelly of the college basketball world. Among numerous other indictments handed down, the investigation led to the arrest and firing of former Arizona assistant Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, the man most responsible for recruiting Jahvon Quinerly to the school’s Tucson, Arizona campus. What has become increasingly clear as the discovery portion of the probe comes to a close is that the amplitude of potential NCAA rules violations uncovered throughout college basketball is wide enough to fundamentally and indelibly alter the sport.

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Wildcats Add to 2018 Class, Land Top-50 Forward Cole Swider

Less than a week ago, Villanova head coach Jay Wright learned of A.J. Reeves’ commitment to Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars. Reeves, who had listed the Wildcats in his “final four” of college choices, was one of Wright’s most sought-after recruits for the 2018 class.

Swider committed to Jay Wright and the Wildcats over Xavier, Duke and Syracuse. Villanova was the only school to not receive an official visit in the days leading up to the announcement. At face value, this is a massive recruiting victory for Wright and his staff over two rivals and a blue blood program (this makes two straight cycles Wright has beaten out Coach K for a prospect).

Swider has been a breakout performer this spring and summer for BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit and is widely known as one of the best shooters in the country. He has shown an expansive game driving the ball and hitting the glass. That skillset should thrive in the Villanova 4-in-1-out system.

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2018 Four-Star Guard A.J. Reeves Cuts List to Four, Includes Villanova

2018 prospect A.J. Reeves, a 6’5 shooting guard out of Massachusetts’ Brimmer & May School, has trimmed his extensive list of suitors to a final four of Villanova, Virginia, Providence, and Louisville. He announced the news via his personal Twitter page, and posted the photo shown to the right. The sharpshooter won the Adidas Championship last July as a member of the dominating Mass Rivals AAU program, and this past season as a junior, Reeves showcased his vastly improved three-point marksmanship, knocking down treys at a 46% clip. His ability to score off the dribble and stay engaged defensively for longer stretches, as well as learning to use his unique blend of length and lateral quickness, has helped elevate his overall game. 247Sports currently has him ranked as the 73rd overall prospect in the 2018 class.

Jay Wright extended Reeves a scholarship offer in February and the Massachusetts native paid a visit to the Main Line last month. Providence and head coach Ed Cooley, who has been relentless in his recruiting of Reeves since 2015 and recently landed his former Mass Rivals teammate Makai Ashton-Langford, appears to be Villanova’s stiffest competition for Reeves’ services because of Cooley’s efforts, as well as their close proximity to his home.

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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.

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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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