Villanova Basketball 2013 Recruiting Big Board: September 11th, 2012

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Our remaining targets for 2013 are starting to become more clear after a relatively slow news week in the recruiting world. Getting a frontline player still remains the priority for this class, but there was some major news in terms of the backcourt recruits we're after as well.

While we've dropped a couple of backcourt recruits from the big board, I think the overall update for this week is generally pretty positive.

Join me after The Jump for this week's Big Board.

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 the 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 - however there are players that if they were interested, we'd certainly welcome with open arms.

NOTE: Rysheed Jordan removed from the Big Board after eliminating Villanova from his list.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Andrew Harrison Fort Bend, TX (Travis)
6'5", 205 lbs.
Sideways_arrow_medium The Harrison twins will be taking an official visit to Villanova. They're also hosting Villanova for an in-home visit this week.


Shooting Guards

A priority in this class with only Achraf Yacoubou & James Bell capable of playing the 2 this season until Ennis is eligible, Jay Wright would really like to add a high-end scorer.

NOTE: Allerik Freeman removed from the board after committing to UCLA over the weekend.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Aaron Harrison Fort Bend, TX (Travis) 6'5", 210 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium The Harrison twins will be taking an official visit to Villanova. They're also hosting Villanova for an in-home visit this week.


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.

Note: Ishmail Wainright was removed from the big board.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Josh Hart Silver Spring, MD (Sidwell Friends) 6'5", 190 lbs. Up_arrow_medium Hart just named at top 3 of Villanova, Penn State & Rutgers after completing official visits to all 3 schools. He may or may not take trips to Miami & Xavier. Could he be the next commitment?
B.J. Johnson
Ardmore, PA (Lower Merion) 6'6", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium With Villanova's need for a frontcourt player and things looking good with Josh Hart, Johnson may be surplus to requirements.

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 Trending Notes
Tyler Roberson Roselle, NJ (Roselle Catholic) 6'8", 210 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Villanova is still in the hunt. Roberson just spoke with VUSports about his fall timeline. ($)
Isaiah Watkins Toronto, Ont., CAN (St. Benedict's) 6'8", 230 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Watkins trimmed down his list down to 13 schools, with Villanova making the cut. Remains a plan B option for Villanova.

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.

NOTE: Jordan Washington removed from the big board.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Omar Oraby
Cairo, Egypt
7'2", 265 lbs.
    Sideways_arrow_medium Oraby has been granted his release from Rice and is seeking a transfer. Villanova has been confirmed as a possible destination. He has two years of eligibility left.
    Chinonso Obokoh Rochester, NY (Bishop Kearney) 6'9", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Obokoh's recruitment continues to stay under the radar - the lack of news is becoming near maddening. The hometown Orange may be tough to beat.
    Kyle Washington Champlain, MN (The Hotchkiss Schoo) 6'9", 215 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium With Coach Chill's northeastern ties, he'll be looking to get involved with Kyle Washington - it may be tough.

    So now the question becomes, "Who will be our next commitment?" Sometimes all it takes is one for a few more guys to jump on board. Any guesses?

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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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