Villanova basketball recruiting roundup: Phil Booth gets his revenge

Josh Verlin - City of Basketball Love

Your weekly Villanova basketball recruiting roundup.

Good news, 'Nova Nation! Our recruits went undefeated this past week in high school action! Also, we've got the usual tidbits collected from around the interwebs on Villanova's recruiting activity from the past week.

Away we go.

Mikal Bridges

It was a busy week, but Mikal Bridges continued to dominate a league that's likely becoming a bit too easy for him. Bridges dropped 26 points in Great Valley's 69-44 win over Downington East.

The Patriots then began a 3 games in 3 days stretch. First, they dispatched Unionville 49-36. The next night, in makeup game vs. Sun Valley, Bridges led Great Valley to a 66-37 victory. To finish up his clean sweep, Bridges canned 18 points in a 72-37 blowout of Octorara on Thursday night. The Patriots' current sit at 12-1 overall, and 5-1 in the Ches-Mont League.

After the fun-filled week, Great Valley will play in the Kobe Bryant Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic, at the Lower Merion location where they will take on Philadelphia Electrical at 5:45 pm. They are then off Thursday the 23rd, when Great Valley travels to Kennett for a 7:15 pm tip.

Phil Booth

What a week for the future Wildcats' guard! First, Phil Booth dropped 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in Mount St. Joseph's 61-42 win over St. Maria Goretti, who boast Notre Dame commit and former 'Nova target Martin Geben. You'd like highlights? Here are the highlights.

And then, after suffering an early season defeat to rival St. Frances Academy (and 5-star guard Dwayne Morgan), Booth got his revenge, paving the way to a 63-48 victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The Baltimore Sun has a nice write-up on the game. Jay Wright was in attendance, per reports.

Booth and MSJ have a busy week coming up. They'll travel to Gilman tonight (8:00 pm tip), St. Paul's tomorrow, and then they're back at St. Maria Goretti next Friday night (7:00 pm tip).

Tim Delaney

It was an easy week for Delaney and Pitman. Delaney showed his shooting range by hitting a 3 in an 11-point performance against Clearview. Pitman won the game going away 59-32. Delaney then scored 10 points in a 77-30 win over lowly Gloucester City.

Tomorrow night, you can see Delaney as Pitman travels to Lenape for a 1:00 pm tip. They'll also host Delsea next Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Donte Divincenzo

Divincenzo and Salesianum picked up a couple of easy victories last week, first beating St. Elizabeth 46-28. Donte scored 19 points in the win. Then, they traveled to Tatnall and won 65-43. Donte is averaging 19.5 ppg and 4 rpg so far this season.

Salesianum has a game tomorrow at Sussex Tech (4:00 pm tip) before participating in the MLK Showcase vs. Philadelphia's Constitution on Monday (4:30 pm tip).

Recruiting Notes

Remember Jordan Tucker? Villanova offered the 2017 prospect in early December, and following their win over St. John's, Ashley Howard rolled up to White Plains to watch Tucker.

While we continue to monitor whether or not Villanova will get seriously involved with Justin Simon, the west coast guard continues to pick up offers, most recently from UCLA.

Tyus Battle update! The elite 2016 guard's father spoke with Adam Zagoria and talked about visits for Tyus. Duke is now involved, and Tyus will be at the Syracuse-Duke game, in addition to "definitely" making trips to Ohio St., UConn, and Villanova by the spring. Go get 'em, Jay!

H/T to Ryan Boggio on this one - we've got a new name to track in 2016, and it's a frontliner! A member of the Villanova staff is expected to watch Omari Spellman tonight.

Is tracking 2018 prospects too crazy? Haverford School 8th grader Cam Reddish, who took in Villanova's Hoops Mania in October, was at the Syracuse-North Carolina game. Okay, this might be too crazy.

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