Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2016 Big Board: June 2014 Edition

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Your monthly offseason update on Villanova's 2016 recruiting effort.

Welcome to the offseason! The 2015 board will occur on the first weekday of the month, and the 2016 board will be posted on roughly the 15th of the month.

The Villanova Wildcats are currently sitting pretty, as they say, with regards to recruiting. They've got two commitments lined up in the 2015 cycle already with guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Tim Delaney which should allow Jay Wright to be very selective in the loaded 2016 class.

H/T 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. It is way too early to bank on a certain number of scholarships available, but two feels like a safe number for now.

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Backcourt

A huge area of need with Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis both set to graduate the season before this class arrives. Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo both look ready to contribute as underclassmen but with Jay Wright's premium on backcourt talent, it's almost a guarantee he brings someone in here, and he's in no shortage of options.

Target | Hometown (HS & AAU) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Payton Pritchard

West Linn, OR

(West Linn & Team Fast)

6'1", 175 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (NR)

247sports (4-star)

Oregon State

Stanford

Gonzaga

Oregon

Notre Dame

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Pritchard was offered by Jay Wright on a recent unofficial visit - he also played in the vaunted MKC, where he reportedly struggled to make an impact.

Rawle Alkins

Brooklyn, NY

(Christ The King & NY Rens)

6'4", 185 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (4-star)

ESPN (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

Indiana

Cincinnati

Seton Hall

Rutgers

Minnesota

South Florida

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Add Indiana to the list of offers for Alkins, who turned in a major performance at hte MKC. 'Nova is still sitting in a strong position.

Lamar Stevens

Philadelphia, PA

(Haverford School & Team Final)

6'7", 195 lbs.

ESPN (NR)

247sports (NR)

Rutgers

Xavier

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The kind of scoring wing player that Jay Wright will be salivating over. He's publicly talked about his friendship with Mikal Bridges, which should bode well for Villanova. He's the top priority at this position for Wright.

Tyus Battle

Gladstone, NJ

(Gill St. Bernard's & Team SCAN)

6'6", 180 lbs.

Rivals (5-star)

Scout (5-star)

ESPN (5-star)

247sports (4-star)

Syracuse

Duke

Ohio State

Indiana

UConn

Kentucky

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Battle just took his second unofficial visit to Villanova, this time stopping by campus with his mother. Several media reports indicate that the visit was a productive one.

Daryl Myers Jr.

Fredericksburg, VA

(Fredericksburg Christian)

5'10", 130 lbs.

247sports (NR)

Clemson

Marquette

Miami

NC State

Liberty

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Myers has been on several unofficial visits to Villanova and seems enamored with the school. No offer yet from Jay Wright.

Vaughn Covington

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti)

6'0", 160 lbs.

ESPN (NR)

Xavier

Miami (FL)

Lehigh

Holy Cross

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Renowned as a phenomenal perimeter defender who can hit the deep ball, Covington didn't get the press for NG this year but was a vital cog.

Jabri McCall

Philadelphia, PA

(Martin Luthur King)

6'0", 165 lbs.

247sports (NR)

Tennessee

Xavier

St. Joseph's (PA)

Penn State

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McCall claims to be getting a lot of interest from Villanova. Most analysts have him as a mid-major level recruit right now.

Howard Washington

Buffalo, NY

(Canisius & Albany City Rocks)

6'2", 165 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (4-star)

Virginia Tech

Buffalo

Virginia

Butler

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Villanova went to check out Washington in October, but not much else has been reported since.

Wolfgang Novogratz

Brooklyn, NY

(Poly Prep & The City)

6'2", 165 lbs.

Rivals (NR)

247sports (NR)

Northwestern

Rutgers

Georgetown

Minnesota

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Novogratz lists an offer from Villanova, and visited for a game this winter.

De'Monte Buckingham

Richmond, VA

(Henrico)

6'3", 185 lbs.

Rivals (NR)

Scout (3-star)

247sports (NR)

Maryland

Virginia

Virginia Tech

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Villanova was reported to be checking in on Buckingham, but right now he seems to be getting mostly local love.

Amarveer Singh

Jersey City, NJ

(St. Peter's Prep & NY Lightning)

6'7", 190 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)

Scout (3-star)

247 (NR)

Cincinnati

Penn State

Creighton

Rutgers

Virginia

Seton Hall

Singh picked up an offer from Jay Wright in October, but there hasn't been much noise in his recruitment since. Depending on how he fills out, he's could be looked at as a point-forward.

Frontcourt

Delaney being in the fold so early is a big plus as it allows Jay Wright to put in a lot of time with elite frontcourt targets.

Target
Hometown (HS)
Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Kassoum Yakwe

Centereach, NY

(Our Savior New American & Team SCAN)

6'7", 190 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (NR)

247sports (4-star)

Iowa State

Pitt

Syracuse

Kansas

Seton Hall

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Villanova, along with Syracuse and Kansas, are the schools recruiting Yakwe the hardest.

Omari Spellman

North Royalton, OH

(North Royalton & Team SCAN)

6'8", 230 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

Florida

Iowa

Cincinnati

West Virginia

Miami (FL)

Pittsburgh

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Spellman is absolutely blowing up after a huge spring, adding offers from Florida, Pittsburgh and more in recent weeks. Rumors are circulating that he's also transferring to MacDuffie (MA) to play his high school ball next season.

Sedee Keita

Middletown, DE

(Vermont Academy & WE-R-1)

6'9", 225 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (NR)

247sports (4-star)

Syracuse

Kansas

Maryland

VCU

Rutgers

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Keita's stock is rising after an impressive showing at hte Elite100 camp, though Keita isn't focusing on setting up any campus visits.

Joe Hampton

Hyattsville, MD

(DeMatha & DC Assault)

6'7", 210 lbs.

Maryland, Georgetown, Penn State

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Visited the campus on 6/17.

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 2016 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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