Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2015 Big Board: October 2013 Edition

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Your monthly update on the 2015 recruiting efforts for Villanova basketball.

With basketball season only a few weeks away, this will be the final 2015 big board for the year. We will still bring you recruiting news via standalone articles, and will pick up the big boards at the conclusion of the basketball season.

Villanova opened the books for 2015 on June 19th with the commitment of forward Tim Delaney, which should allow the staff to be more selective in bringing in other frontline targets. The good news - they've made plenty of offers so far even with the commitment of Delaney.

We've got a nice graphic of the roster outlook (H/T to Mike), so you can get a good feel for how the next few years will play out. Due to the recent news that Mislav Brzoja is transferring to Evansville, Villanova has an extra scholarship available.

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Point Guards

Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis will have 1 year of eligibility remaining when this class is on campus, but Phil Booth committed to Villanova at the end of July. It would be nice to bring in at least one ball handler.

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Levan Alston

Haverford, PA

(Haverford School & Team Final)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Temple
  • St. Joseph's (PA)
  • La Salle
  • Penn State
  • Rhode Island

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Alston took an unofficial visit to 'Nova in early June, but 'Nova has yet to offer like some of the other local schools. Alston's father played at Temple, but he has insisted that won't give them an edge. Alston recently moved into the Rivals150 for 2015.

If Alston were to not attend Hoops Mania on October 25th, it might be an indication of his feelings towards 'Nova.

Isaiah Briscoe

Newark, NJ

(Roselle Catholic & NJ Playaz)

6'4", 205 lbs.
  • Arizona
  • Syracuse
  • Indiana
  • Florida
  • St. John's

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Briscoe picked up a 'Nova offer in September, and even though he attended Hoops Mania last year, is probably out of Jay Wright's range. Briscoe will not be attending Hoops Mania 2013, opting instead for a visit to St. John's, who have begun to make a push in his recruitment.


Shooting Guards

A big need in the backcourt is for a shooter, even with Phil Booth's commitment. There are some attractive options for Jay Wright as Darrun Hilliard will be graduated when this class hits campus.

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Malachi Richardson

Roselle, NJ

(Trenton Catholic & Team Final)

6'5", 195 lbs.
  • Indiana
  • Florida
  • Georgetown
  • UConn

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Richardson was offered by Villanova at the beginning of August and then Richardson announced his top 12 schools, which included Villanova. He has made several unofficial visits this summer, and cancelled a visit to Villanova before re-scheduling it and completing it.

Richardson just completed a visit to Indiana, and is confirmed for UConn's First Night on October 18th. No word yet on if he plans to visit for Hoops Mania. He will also

Donte Divincenzo

Wilmington, DE

(Salasianum School & Team Final)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Penn State
  • Boston College
  • Notre Dame
  • La Salle
  • Rhode Island

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He is absolutely blowing up right now, recently moving into the Rivals100 for 2015. Villanova extended an offer to him 9/18, and Divincenzo has confirmed he will attend Hoops Mania on October 25th.

He was recently offered by Syracuse, and after receiving an offer from ND, will visit South Bend on 10/18.

Franklin Howard

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'4", 175 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Maryland
  • UConn
  • Virginia

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Villanova has offered Howard, who is much like fellow Takeover product Phil Booth in that he can play either on or off the ball. Howard caught some back luck, tearing his ACL towards the end of the July live period. He could be out up to 6 months.

The 247 Crystal Ball currently has one pick - for local favorites Georgetown.


Small Forwards

The commitment of Mikal Bridges added a nice piece to the wing for Villanova, and they look really good here in the coming years with Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins added to the fold in 2013.

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Josh Reaves

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'4", 185 lbs.
  • VCU
  • Georgetown
  • Penn State
  • Cincinnati
  • Virginia Tech

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With the injury to Franklin Howard, Reaves should see plenty of the spotlight in the upcoming high school season. A scheduled trip to 'Nova was cancelled because Jay Wright wasn't going to be around. Get ready to root against Dwayne Anderson, who is recruiting Reaves for Penn State.

Reaves has confirmed his attendance for Hoops Mania, which is a good sign.

Marvin Prochet

Brooklyn, NY

(Boys & Girls School & Team Scan)

6'6", 190 lbs.
  • Seton Hall
  • Iona
  • West Virginia
  • Rutgers

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Under the radar right now and could be a plan B type of player, but Corey Pegram reports that Villanova is showing interest.

Chris Clover

Philadelphia, PA

(St. Joseph's Prep & Philly Pride)

6'4", 200 lbs.
  • Drexel
  • Penn
  • Temple
  • St. Joseph's (PA)

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Clover picked up an offer from Villanova (along with Drexel) at the team camp in mid-June. CoBL notes he's transitioning from the frontcourt to the wing, and needs to improve his jumpshot. He's said that he is considering leaving Philly for college.

Derrick Jones

Radnor, PA

(Archbishop Carroll & WE-R-1)

6'6", 180 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
  • Maryland

'Nova did the right thing offering early, as Jones is just seeing his stock explode following a strong spring with WE-R-1. He was offered by both Kentucky and Kansas at the Reebok Breakout and his father has said Kentucky and Syracuse lead.

Forwards/Centers

Delaney being in the fold so early is a big plus as it allows Jay Wright to be a little more selective and focus on some big names.

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Tim Delaney

Pitman, NJ

(Pitman & WE-R-1)

6'8", 225 lbs.
  • Villanova

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Delaney made a surprise commitment to 'Nova in late June, giving Villanova a capable forward whose stock is expected to rise. A grinder who also can shoot, he looks like a great grab early on. He just moved up to #93 in the Rivals150.

Chris Silva

Roselle, NJ

(Roselle Catholic & NJ Roadrunners)

6'9", 210 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Creighton
  • Cincinnati
  • Seton Hall

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Chris Silva was offered by Villanova at the beginning of October. His recruitment is just starting to pick up, but Syracuse might have an early edge as his former teammate Tyler Roberson is now on campus in upstate NY.

Marcus Derrickson

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'7", 230 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Maryland
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina State

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Still all-quiet on the Derrickson recruiting front. The local schools are thought to be the early favorites for the Team Takeover standout.

Thomas Bryant

Rochester, NY

(Bishop Kearney & Team Scan)

6'8", 225 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Florida
  • UCLA
  • Arizona

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Villanova offered early, but this is in the heart of Boeheim country, so it'll be a tough one to pull off. Bryant impressed at the Nike Peach Jam. Reports have him attending Syracuse Midnight Madness on 10/18.

Moustapha Diagne

Sparta, NJ

(Pope John XXIII & NJ Playaz)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • UConn
  • Cincinnati
  • Seton Hall
  • Rutgers

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Diagne is getting offered on potential right now as his game is a little raw, but he's done well this spring and he'll collect more offers soon. 'Nova has offered.

Anybody you think we should be tracking? Let us know and we'll add them to the board.

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Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2015 Villanova basketball recruiting where we'll be filing all our big boards along with any other posts that deal with recruiting in the 2015 cycle.

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