Though Josh Hart has committed to play basketball at Villanova, the recruiting cycle is never over. Jay Wright and his staff remain involved with a few players in the 2013 class (as far as we know), and will be involved with many talented members of the class of 2014. While coaches are limited in their ability to contact these recruits, their friends and contemporaries on the basketball court are given much more freedom.
Which is why Hart plans to join 2013 commit Kris Jenkins in appealing to some of the 2013 and 2014 prospects that are on Villanova's radar. After choosing the Wildcats, the swingman told Adam Zagoria that he already has some recruiting targets.
Hart, who joins Gonzaga forward Kris Jenkins in Villanova's 2013 recruiting class, said he will now turn his attention to recruiting other 2013 and '14 players.
"Definitely," he said. "Guys like Phil Booth, Tre Campbell, JaQuan Newton to say just a couple."
Your mileage may vary on how much these personal appeals matter in the process, but Jenkins seemed to play at least a small role in moving Hart toward his commitment yesterday. Maalik Wayns was also credited with helping to bring the other members of his recruiting class together to Villanova (he at least had an established friendship with Dominic Cheek at that point).
What having Hart and Jenkins out there talking to other athletes won't do is hurt the cause. Any words of praise or persuasion that may be relayed to recruits are a positive and may be easier to believe than the same words being relayed by a recruiting coach.
Just as interesting are the names that Hart gave to ZagsBlog.com, however. Booth, Campbell and Newton are all guards, either 2-guards or "combo-guards," the 'Cats seem to be looking to add a some high-level backcourt talents in the 2014 class.
Hart obviously only gave a short list of recruits that Villanova was interested in, but none of them were big men, which would appear to be a need with Daniel Ochefu slated to be the only Wildcat over 6'6" in the 2013-14 season at the moment. Will Jay Wright be using Jenkins and JayVaughn Pinkston to spell Ochefu at the 5, or will some post depth be added before next season?