Villanova Basketball 2014 Recruiting Big Board: October 11th, 2012

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All the latest on the 2014 basketball prospects being targeted by the Villanova Wildcats.

Big_board_mediumWith Josh Hart now in the fold along with Kris Jenkins in 2013, the priority for 2014 is definitely going to be focused on getting a least one ball-handling guard and a big man now that the wings have been taken care of.

Hoops Mania is right around the corner as well - and we'll make sure to start putting together an attendance list as soon as information becomes available. Jay Wright would do well to get a couple of these guys on campus for that main event.

Villanova has 2 seniors on the roster this season in Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton, and have 12 scholarship roster players (Dylan Ennis will be taking a redshirt year). 'Nova will be targeting anywhere from 1 to 3 prospects for the 2013 recruiting class.

New updates will appear in BOLD.

Point Guards

With Tony Chennault graduating, Ty Johnson, Dylan Ennis and Ryan Arcidiacono will be manning the ball-handling duties. Jay Wright may or may not look to replace Chennault in this cycle. It's unlikely we take a true PG in this class, but here are some guys worth keeping an eye on.

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Shep Garner

Philadelphia, PA

(Roman Catholic)

6'2", 170 lbs.
  • Xavier
  • Temple
  • Arizona
  • Penn State

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Garner is worth tracking considering he's a local product, but Villanova has yet to offer.

Michael Williams

Brooklyn, NY

(Bishop Loughlin)

6'1"
  • Rutgers
  • Iowa State
  • Pittsburgh

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The NY Post has reported that Williams has an offer from Villanova, and coaches visited with him when they were on campus last week to see his teammate.

Shelton Mitchell

Waxhaw, NC

(Cuthbertson)

6'3", 165 lbs.
  • Duke
  • Wake Forest
  • North Carolina
  • Memphis

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'Nova has apparently reached out to Mitchell looking to get involved in his recruitment, but this would be a surprise to pluck a NC native away from the hometown schools.


Shooting Guards

Jay Wright is after just Ron Patterson as a true backcourt player at this point for 2013, and with James Bell set to graduate before this class arrives on campus, Wright will definitely look to take either a true shooting guard, or a combo guard.

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Phil Booth

Baltimore, MD

(Mount St. Joseph)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Temple

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Booth looks like a prime candidate to attend Hoops Mania - we'll see if he makes the trip up from Maryland.

Ja'Quan Newton

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti)

6'3", 180 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Pitt
  • Miami (FL)
  • Temple

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Netwon's ability to play both on and off the ball is a great fit for 'Nova. Kris Jenkins spoke of his intent to get Newton to Villanova after his commitment

Khadeen Carrington

Brooklyn, NY

(Bishop Loughlin)

6'3", 180 lbs.
  • Pitt
  • St. John's
  • West Virginia
  • Michigan State

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Carrington made waves this week when he said he could see himself following in JayVaughn Pinkston's footsteps to Villanova.


Small Forwards

James Bell will be graduating, but with the recent addition of Mislav Brzoja from Croatia, Darrun Hilliard still on the roster, JayVaughn Pinkston's capability to play the 3, a commitment from Kris Jenkins in 2013 and are looking good with Josh Hart. This is a luxury area in 2014 as things stand.

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Dwayne Morgan

Baltimore, MD

(St. Frances)

6'5", 190 lbs.
  • Florida
  • Georgetown
  • Indiana
  • Maryland

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Morgan is sure to be on the invite list to Hoops Mania - but will he be in attendance? That'd be a great sign for Villanova.

Marial Shayok

Ottawa, CAN

(Blair Academy)

6'6", 200 lbs.
    • Illinois
    • Boston College
    • Ohio State
    • Purdue

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    Shayok's recruitment is just getting going, but he has had an impressive summer circuit. Villanova went to see him play a couple of weeks ago.

    Forwards

    The frontcourt needs depend heavily on what happens in 2013: we'll either be needing another body or absolutely desperate for another body.

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    Ben Bentil

    Middletown, DE

    (St. Andrew's)

    6'8", 225 lbs.
    • Seton Hall
    • Rutgers
    • Penn State
    • Cincinnati

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    Right now the main priority for the 'Nova staff is to keep Bentil local. His stock continues to rise and he'll have a lot of programs after him.

    Chris McCullough

    The Bronx, NY

    (Brewster Academy)

    6'8", 225 lbs.
    • UConn
    • Syracuse
    • Pitt
    • West Virginia

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    McCullough will attend West Virginia's Midnight Madness event, per the NY Post.

    Centers

    Again, despite what happens with the 2013 class, adding a talented big man up front is a must for 2014, and so far it looks like there is a lot of talent.

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    Quadri Moore

    Linden, NJ

    (Linden)

    6'8", 270 lbs.
    • Kansas
    • Providence
    • Seton Hall
    • Rutgers

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    Moore's a new name from our own BarneyRubble. Rivals has reported early interest by Villanova.

    Dakari Johnson

    New York, NY

    (Montverde Academy)

    6'10", 265 lbs.
    • Kentucky
    • Kansas
    • Florida
    • Ohio State

    Johnson hasn't mentioned 'Nova in a while, and it's a longshot at this point that we'll stay involved through the heart of his recruitment.

    We're still a long ways off from 2014 prospects realistically starting to make verbal commitments, but who should the staff be focusing on? Anybody we're not tracking?

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    Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2014 Villanova basketball recruiting where we'll be filing all our big boards along with any other posts that deal with recruiting in the 2013 cycle.

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