Credit to a few people for passing along this info, but after we reported on Wednesday that 2013 big man Jordan Washington was favoring Villanova early, it appears that may have been a little bit of an understatement. Keep in mind the below video is from May, and things can change in a heartbeat in recruiting, but Jordan Washington had some strong words about 'Nova.
You heard that right - "I'll probably go to Villanova." My first thought was that he meant take a visit there, but he goes on to talk about how he's trying to get in great shape to be able to run the floor. That sounds more like I want to attend Villanova than I want to visit Villanova.
Washington is already rated as the top 2013 prospect in New York City by NYHoops.com, and NYC is obviously an area that has been good to Jay Wright in the past. He plays on the same AAU team (New Heights) as JayVaughn Pinkston did, so there's that connection also.
We like it. Not sure we've officially offered any 2013 prospects yet, but this is good news and worth keeping an eye on.
More news from around the conference after The Jump.
USF Football's All-Name Team: Defense | Voodoo Five
The 2011 football season will be USF's 15th season in program history, and I'm sure you'll see a ton on All-USF lists from various publications in the coming months. We did a "15 For 15" series last summer to highlight our choices for the top 15 players in school history, and we felt that doing an All-USF team so soon after that would just be a repost. (Although there may be a 40th anniversary all-USF basketball team in a few months.)
Andre Drummond says he won't play for UConn next season; will he ever? | The UConn Blog
Andre Drummond, the not-yet-18-year-old Uber-college/NBA prospect and pride of Connecticut, has the world at his feet. But first, he needs to figure out for which court those feet will land this upcoming season.
Syracuse Will Open Basketball Season Against Fordham | Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
The 2011-2012 Syracuse Orange basketball season will officially kick off Saturday, November 12, in the Carrier Dome when SU hosts the Fordham Rams.
Mind the gap: Seton Hall Pirates basketball | Rumble In The Garden
The Mind the Gap series continues with Seton Hall: can Fuquan Edwin & the newcomers fill the scoring gap?
Is Doug Marrone the new Randy Edsall, or the new Bret Bielema? | On the Banks
How much recruiting success will Doug Marrone be able to find in the state of New Jersey?
Meet The New Bearcats: Parker Ehinger | Down The Drive
Meet The New Bearcats: Parker Ehinge, a 6'8" OL from Rockford, Michigan.
Pitt Basketball: Khem Birch Expectations Falling? | Cardiac Hill
Far be it from me to overspeculate (let alone on a kid I've not seen in public), but buried in a Post-Gazette Plus article about incoming freshman Durand Johnson was another implication that Khem Birch may not have the impact originally thought this season.
Rick Pitino updates Card Nation | Card Chronicle
Louisville's most famous blogger took to the Internet for the first time in almost nine months to update Cardinal fans on a number of issues.
Charlie Strong and Paul Hornung Help Local Youth Football Program Rebuild | Big East Coast Bias
An arsonist broke into the Shawnee youth football team's facility and attempted to burn it down, damaging the team's new equipment and leaving it with nothing to play with for the upcoming season. Thankfully, after a report on the local news, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer great Paul Hornung helped the team rebuild.