The Recruit Scoop is reporting that Villanova offered B.J. Johnson this weekend. If the name sounds familiar, its because a B.J. Johnson, who may or may-not have competed on GUTS, played for Villanova in the late-90's and early-2000's. That Johnson is now the Assistant Men's National Team Director for USA Basketball and living in Colorado.
This Johnson is a 6-7 forward from Ardmore, PA, in the 2013 class who has been picking up a lot of interest lately on the recruiting trail. He also has offers from Boston College and Penn State, according to ESPN, and has interest from a lot of other schools.
He is rated 3-stars by Scout and ESPN, but unrated by Rivals.
He is young for his recruiting class, which might account for the reason why he seems to be blowing up late in the process. He is a left-handed shooter, but doesn't quite have consistency shooting from the perimeter just yet and will have to develop that part of his game to play small forward in college. He rebounds well, has a nose for the ball and good instincts.
His youth means that his body is still developing compared to his peers. He will be a project to develop in college, but he has the instincts and athleticism to grow.
Nova checking in with Brown
2013 point guard Josh Brown committed to Temple, his "dream school," as a sophomore in high school. Recently, he rescinded that commitment and has been receiving interest from a number of schools. Now, Villanova is on that list of suitors.
The Wildcats haven't offered yet — they just got into the mix last week — but the St. Anthony's guard may still visit the Main Line.
According to Brown and his coach, the schools to extend offers are Providence, Nebraska, Rhode Island,Temple, Richmond, Gonzaga, St. Joe’s and Penn State. Additionally, programs such as Memphis, Virginia,Miami, Indiana, Villanova, Rutgers and Virginia Tech are expressing interest.
According to Brown, he has no favorites among that long list of schools. He hasn't visited anywhere but Temple yet, but he said he should visit "all of the schools that are interested," but won't do so until after the July recruiting period is over. He will make unofficials next month and take his official visits in September.
"Just a place that I can just have a nice career there, play four years," Brown said. "Academics [also], so in the future I can have a nice job and provide for my family."
He is rated 3-stars, but may have been overlooked playing in the same backcourt as UCLA freshman, Kyle Anderson.