Villanova Basketball 2013 Recruiting Big Board: September 25th, 2012

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

All the latest on the 2013 basketball prospects being targeted by the Villanova Wildcats.

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A good week for 'Nova on the recruiting trail as things still look good with Josh Hart and Tyler Roberson, who many of the VU Hoops faithful have clamored for, recently knocked 4 schools off his list but Villanova made the cut.

Even better news on the Roberson front is where he'll allocate his official visits to this fall. This recruitment feels like it has a long way to go.

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.

One key thing to note is that Rysheed Jordan appears to be re-considering his decision to cut Villanova from his list.

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.

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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. 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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While he'll officially visit Miami (FL) this weekend, this has turned into a Villanova & Rutgers battle and 'Nova fans should remain confident that Hart will join the fold. VUSports spoke with him recently ($).

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.

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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 will take an official visit to Villanova this fall.

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. Updated (9/28) - Watkins gave his verbal to Duquesne.

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: Akoy Agau removed from the board after he committed to Louisville & Kyle Washington removed due to a lack of interest.

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Chinonso Obokoh

Rochester, NY

(Bishop Kearney)

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

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Obokoh's recruitment continues to stay under the radar - he recently visited James Madison, and is planning to visit Villanova, Temple, Texas and Oregon as well.

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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