Villanova Basketball 2014 Recruiting Big Board: August 16th, 2012

As was the case with our 2013 Big Board earlier this week, we're still collecting as much information as we can on two fronts. First, how the Doug Martin resignation impacts the 2014 class, where he was expected to play a big role in the recruitment of guys like Phil Booth and Obi Enechionyia. Second, who our new assistant will be (maybe this fella?) and how that may impact our 2014 strategy.

I have a feeling that once a new assistant is hired, we may see some names change on this board.

Quick reminder before we get to the Big Board - you can find all of your Villanova basketball 2014 recruiting information in our dedicated section on the let sidebar of the homepage.

2014 Big Board is after The Jump.

As covered in the 2013 Big Board, Villanova will be shooting for at least 3 prospects in the 2013 class. That will cover the graduation of Maurice Sutton & Mouphtaou Yarou. The following year, James Bell and Tony Chennault will graduate, leaving 2 spots open for the 2014 recruiting class.

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.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Shep Garner
Philadelphia, PA (Roman Catholic) 6'2", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Being a local product, Villanova will be tracking Garner till the end, but he'll have a lot of major programs after him once 2013 wraps up.
Taquan Givens
The Bronx, NY (Maccormick Secure Center)
5'11", 165 lbs.
Sideways_arrow_medium Villanova, Miami (FL) and Kansas appear to be the early suitors for Givens. VUSports caught up with him on the state of his recruitment ($).

Shooting Guards

Jay Wright is after Allerik Freeman and Josh Hart in 2013, and with James Bell set to graduate before this class arrives on campus, Wright will definitely look to take a shooting guard.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Phil Booth
Baltimore, MD (Mount St. Joseph) 6'3", 170 lbs. Up_arrow_medium A Team Takeover product, we're still figuring out how the Doug Martin fiasco will affect his recruitment. Here's some video of Booth from The Peach Jam courtesy of Peegs.com ($).
Ja'Quan Newton
Philadelphia, PA (Neumann-Goretti) 6'3", 180 lbs. Up_arrow_medium The best player in Pennsylvania has been on Jay Wright's wish list for a long time. Newton has visited campus several times and 'Nova should feel very good about their position.

Small Forwards

James Bell will be graduating, but with the recent addition of Mislav Brzoja from Croatia, Darrun Hilliard, and even JayVaughn Pinkston's capability to play the 3, this is a luxury area in 2014.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Therence Mayimba
Rockville, MD (Montrose Christian) 6'5", 200 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Another Team Takeover guy, so we're in a holding pattern until more information is out. At least he's still at Montrose.
Allante Holston
Washington, DC (St. John's College HS) 6'6", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Another Team Takover product, (how many of these guys will stay on here?), Holston is coming off a broken foot and is just getting back into playing shape.

Forwards

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

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Obi Enechionyia
Saint James, MD (Saint James) 6'8", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium More Takeover prospects? We weren't really in the door here yet so this may be a tough one with Martin gone.
Ben Bentil
Middletown, DE (St. Andrew's) 6'8", 225 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Bentil holds an offer from 'Nova and is currently ranked 36th nationally by Rivals. He'd be just what the doctor ordered for 'Nova.

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.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Dakari Johnson
New York, NY (Montverde Academy) 6'10", 265 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium The top big man on the board for Villanova, Jay Wright has a couple of ins here. Johnson goes to the same high school as James Bell, which is now coached by Kevin Boyle (formerly of St. Patrick's in NJ). Johnson is ranked 7th nationally by Rivals.
Devin Burleson
Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco) 6'10", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Los Angeles is a little bit outside of Jay Wright's wheelhouse so this may prove to be a difficult recruitment, but Wright is in with Burleson early.
Chris McCullough
The Bronx, NY (Salisbury School) 6'8", 225 lbs. Down_arrow_medium Could the rumored chase of Raphael Chillious help out here? He's got great northeastern connections ($).

Sorry for the lack of updates - I'm still talking to as many people as I can to get a feel for how Martin's resignation and the new coaching search are going to affect us on the recruiting front. Stay tuned!

As always, if you have any other names we should be tracking, let us know - and let's talk recruiting in the comments.

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