Villanova Basketball 2013 Recruiting Big Board: October 9th, 2012

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Josh Hart and Chinonso Obokoh have impending decisions on the way - who else is Villanova targeting?

Big_board_mediumJosh Hart is making his verbal commitment tomorrow, and will be choosing between Villanova, Rutgers and Penn State. Make sure you're following our coverage of Hart's recruitment closely, as we'll be updating the stream with any new info that comes out between now and his commitment.

Most feel that Hart is leaning towards Villanova, which means that Jay Wright and staff will be focusing almost exclusively on the frontcourt for the rest of this cycle. Tyler Roberson and Chinonso Obokoh remain the top targets in that respect.

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. Kris Jenkins became Villanova's 1st verbal commitment on August 26th.

New updates will appear in BOLD.

Point Guards

With Tony Chennault, Ty Johnson and Ryan Arcidiacono on campus this fall (and Dylan Ennis joining the following season), point guard is not a huge position of need and for now Jay Wright is focusing on other areas.

Shortly after putting Villanova back on his list, Rysheed Jordan has trimmed his list to 7 schools. Villanova did not make the cut.

Shooting Guards

Arcidiacono, Achraf Yacoubou, Darrun Hilliard & James Bell can also play off the ball in a pinch if needed, but Jay Wright is still exploring options.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Ron Patterson Indianapolis, IN (Brewster Academy) 6'3", 195 lbs.
  • Xavier
  • Kansas State
  • Providence
  • Pittsburgh

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Coach Chill was at Brewster to watch Patterson, a former Indiana commit who didn't qualify in 2012. There hasn't been much noise here since and Patterson appears to be a backup plan in case Hart falls through.

Small Forwards

There isn't a huge need here with the recent addition of Mislav Brzoja from Croatia, in addition to James Bell, Darrun Hilliard, and even JayVaughn Pinkston's capability to play the 3.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Josh Hart

Silver Spring, MD

(Sidwell Friends)

6'5", 190 lbs.
  • Penn State
  • Rutgers

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Stay glued to our StoryStream on Josh Hart's impending decision - things continue to look good for Villanova.

BJ Johnson

Ardmore, PA

(Lower Merion)

6'6", 170 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Temple
  • Rutgers

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Johnson trimmed his list to 4 schools last week, with 'Nova making the cut. Johnson appears to be favoring Syracuse, where he'll visit for their Midnight Madness event.

Forwards

Unless you're all dying to see the 4-guard lineup rolled out on a consistent basis, we could use some beef up front.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Tyler Roberson

Roselle, NJ

(Roselle Catholic)

6'8", 210 lbs.
  • SMU
  • Rutgers
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Syracuse

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Roberson trimmed his list to 6 schools following a round of in-home visits. He's completed official visits to SMU and Syracuse. He will take an official to Villanova but it hasn't been scheduled yet.

Centers

With Markus Kennedy transferring, Mouph set to graduate and only Daniel Ochefu waiting in the wings, it's imperative that Jay Wright add a big body (or 2) up front.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Chinonso Obokoh

Rochester, NY

(Bishop Kearney)

6'10", 220 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Texas
  • James Madison
  • Temple

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Obokoh trimmed his list to 5 per Scout. He has completed visits to Villanova and Temple in the past couple of weeks and will visit Syracuse this weekend before making a decision.

Let's chat about our targets in the comments - who do you think will be the next to commit? Who should our staff be focusing on?

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Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2013 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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