Villanova Basketball 2013 Recruiting Big Board: September 18th, 2012

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

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The staff's focus appears much more clear this week - and it should be pleasing to the majority of the VU Hoops readers. We've got one new SG to keep an eye on, but the focus appears to have shifted from the backcourt.

We've added one new big man that has been mentioned in the comments in recent weeks to the big board, but is it too little, too late for Jay Wright?

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 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.

NOTE: The Harrison twins eliminated Villanova from consideration, thus ending Villanova's search for a point guard in 2013.

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.

NOTE: The Harrison twins eliminated Villanova from consideration.

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 is heading to Brewster to watch Patterson, a former Indiana commit who didn't qualify in 2012. He's fully qualified now and 'Nova appears to be interested.

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.

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Josh Hart

Silver Spring, MD

(Sidwell Friends)

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

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Hart just named at top 3 of Villanova, Penn State & Rutgers after completing official visits to all 3 schools, and then named Villanova & Rutgers as the top two after an in-home from Miami.

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.

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.
  • Seton Hall
  • Rutgers
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky

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Villanova is still in the hunt, but Kentucky is now looking to get involved with the versatile forward.

Isaiah Watkins

Toronto, Ont., CAN

(St. Benedict's)

6'8", 230 lbs.
  • Temple
  • Charlotte
  • Niagara
  • Duquesne

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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: Omar Oraby removed from the board after committing to USC.

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

Rochester, NY

(Bishop Kearney)

6'10", 220 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Miami (FL)

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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

(Brewster Academy)

6'9", 215 lbs.
  • Ohio State
  • Iowa State
  • Washington
  • NC State

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Washington is now at powerhouse Brewster Academy, the same school Markus Kennedy prepped at. 'Nova seems to be fading.

Akoy Agau

Omaha, NE

(Omaha Central)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Louisville
  • West Virginia
  • Nebraska

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We're adding Agau to the board since Villanova has offered according to Rivals. We may be getting involved too late though.

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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