Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2014 Big Board: August 2013 Edition

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Your monthly update on the 2014 recruiting efforts for Villanova basketball.

Quick reminder: the 2014 board will occur on the first weekday of the month, and the 2015 board will be posted on roughly the 15th of the month. We're moving to monthly editions because we're going to be posting more articles as recruiting news occurs. In case you missed it, here is the July edition

As you're all hopefully aware, we opened the books on 2014 on June 19th with the commitment of wing Mikal Bridges. At the close of the July live period, guard Phil Booth also committed to Villanova.

Also thanks to Mike, we've got a nice graphic of the roster outlook, so you can get a good feel for how the next few years will play out. In this cycle, we've still got a maximum of 2 scholarships open (assuming no transfers and NBA early entries).

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Point Guards

Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis will have 2 years of eligibility remaining, and with the commitment of guard Phil Booth, it looks like Villanova is done recruiting the backcourt for 2014.

Target Hometown (HS & AAU) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Phil Booth

Baltimore, MD

(Mount St. Joseph & Team Takeover)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Villanova

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Booth made his pledge to Villanova at the close of the July period. The versatile guard gives 'Nova an option at both the 1 and 2, and is a seasoned defender and shooter. Jay Wright is getting a lot in Phil Booth, which makes it easy to understand why he looks to be the only backcourt player taken in this class.

Ja'Quan Newton

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & Team Final

6'3" 180 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • UCLA
  • Miami
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Texas A&M

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Shortly following Booth's commitment, Newton trimmed his list to six - and Villanova didn't survive. A shame, but it appears there was one spot available and Booth got it.

Shep Garner

Philadelphia, PA

(Roman Catholic & Team Final)

6'2", 170 lbs.
  • Penn State

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Always a plan B for 'Nova, Garner committed to Penn State back in mid-June.


Shooting Guards

As mentioned, Jay Wright looks set in the backcourt for 2014, and will turn his attention to the frontcourt.

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Robert Johnson

Chesterfield, VA

(Benedictine & Boo Williams)

6'3", 180 lbs.
  • Pittsburgh
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Indiana
  • Florida State
  • Miami
  • Georgetown

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Jay Wright was in early on Johnson before he blew up during the July live period, picking up offers from Indiana and UNC along the way. Johnson just trimmed his list to 7, and 'Nova didn't survive. Phil Booth played a part here.

Julian Richardson

Woodland Hills, CA

(El Camino Real & Cal Supreme)

6'2", 175 lbs.
  • Minnesota
  • South Florida
  • Fresno State
  • Long Beach State

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Richardson was somewhat surprisingly offered by Villanova following the Nike Peach Jam. Known as a shooter, Richardson could be someone Wright looks at if there is a scholarship available late in the cycle.

Khadeen Carrington

Brooklyn, NY

(Bishop Loughlin & NY Lightning)

6'3", 180 lbs.
  • UConn
  • Cincinnati
  • St. John's
  • SMU

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Carrington previously said he could see himself following in JayVaughn Pinkston's footsteps to Villanova. However, he looks like he's keen on other schools at the moment, and Villanova appears done in the backcourt anyways.

Mike Williams

Brooklyn, NY

(Bishop Loughlin & NY Lightning)

6'2", 180 lbs.
  • Rutgers

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Always a plan B option, Williams committed to Rutgers in early July.


Small Forwards

Mikal Bridges offers the ability to step out to the 3-point line, and can affect the game on the defensive interior, as seen in these highlights from the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. Bridges is only 16 and still growing, but it would be a surprise if Jay Wright took another wing in 2014.

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Height/Weight Rankings Also Considering Trending
Mikal Bridges

Malvern, PA

(Great Valley & Team Final)

6'6", 180 lbs.
  • Villanova

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Bridges popped for 'Nova on June 25th, calling Villanova his dream school and citing the Jay Wright and the Wildcats' style of play as the deciding factors.

Marial Shayok

Ottawa, CAN

(Blair Academy & CIA Bounce)

6'6", 200 lbs.
  • Marquette
  • Boston College
  • West Virginia
  • Cincinnati

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The buzz on Shayok seems to have cooled from last summer, but Shayok is picking up interest. In early July, Villanova was still reportedly involved but with Booth and Bridges, they'll likely back off.

Jared Nickens

Westtown, PA

(Westtown School & Sports U)

6'6", 185 lbs.
  • Maryland

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A deadly shooter who many readers were clamoring for Jay Wright to pursue, Nickens tore it up at the Mary Kline Classic and then shortly after committed to the Terps.

Forwards/Centers

Things calmed down a bit when Jay Wright brought in Daryl Reynolds late in 2013, but another big man is needed in this class. Martin Geben is clearly priority A.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Martin Geben

Hagerstown, MD

(St. Maria Goretti & Team Takeover)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Notre Dame

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In mid-July, Geben announced a top 4 that included Villanova. Jay Wright will be hoping that Phil Booth, his Team Takeover teammate, can help lure him to the Main Line.

Ben Bentil

Middletown, DE

(St. Andrew's & WE-R-1)

6'8", 225 lbs.
  • Georgetown
  • Providence
  • Miami
  • St. Joseph's (PA)
  • Temple
  • Maryland
  • NC State
  • Rutgers

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Things are not looking good with Bentil, as Villanova apparently appeared to view his as a similar player to Mikal Bridges. 'Nova looks like they're out, though Bentil hasn't officially announced a list of schools he's still considering.

Johnathan Wilkins

La Porte, IN

(La Lumiere School & Spiece Indy Heat)

6'9", 220 lbs.
  • Marquette
  • Auburn
  • Miami (FL)
  • VCU

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'Nova offered Wilkins, whose Dad is a former NBA player, back in March. Wilkins is mostly all defense right now, and would probably be considered a project by most.

Quadri Moore

Linden, NJ

(Linden & Sports U)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Cincinnati
  • Temple
  • Seton Hall
  • Rutgers
  • Miami
  • Wake Forest

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Moore listed his top six schools, but after an impressive showing at the Reebok Breakout, he could have more suitors. 'Nova will likely take a second look.

Pascal Chukwu

Fairfield, CT

(Fairfield Prep & CT Basketball Club)

7'2", 220 lbs.
  • Providence
  • UConn
  • St. John's
  • St. Joseph's (PA)

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Chukwu is widely considered to be a Providence lean, with Ed Cooley's former coaching gig at Fairfield probably the reason behind it. He's a bit of project, but as the saying goes, you can't teach height. 'Nova has not 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 2014 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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