With Mouph Yarou and Mo Sutton on their way out of the Villanova basketball program, the Wildcats' have plenty of minutes to offer a recruit with some size. The 2013 recruiting class doesn't yet feature a player over 6-7, but the coaching staff has been working hard to sway someone to join them. After a near miss on Michigan State-bound Gavin Schilling, the Wildcats have remained hot on the trail of a few other big men.
Last weekend that meant a visit from Darryl Reynolds of Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, who is also looking at South Carolina, St. Bonaventure, Utah and Seton Hall. This weekend, Villanova will host Oak Hill Academy's Lennard Freeman.
Freeman is a 6-9, 245-pound native of Washington D.C. and Villanova is the closest school to his home that he is currently considering. In addition to Villanova, he has already visited N.C. State and Seton Hall, and has scheduled visits with Pittsburgh and UAB next month.
Rated 3-stars by ESPN, he is one of the best remaining options at power forward and has demonstrated an ability to defend and run the floor. Freeman is an athletic forward who rebounds well and has shown a commitment to doing the little things on defense, but his offensive game will take some work to develop.
Despite all of his visits, he has stated that he could also consider reclassifying to 2014 and heading to prep school instead. If he doesn't feel like he has a good fit among the schools recruiting him now after all of his visits, that will be a legitimate concern.
Updated 4/18:Freeman tweeted that he was not planning to do a post-grad year at prep-school next year. He also listed his final five school choices, cutting Seton Hall from his list:
5 Remaining: DePaul, NC State, Pitt, UAB, Villanova#BLESSED— LenNard Freeman (@NardFreeman_) April 19, 2013