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Villanova Basketball 2014 Recruiting Big Board: August 23rd, 2012

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Coach Chill is finally in Philadelphia and on campus with the Villanova basketball team, so in the coming weeks we should get a pretty good feel for what effect he's going to have in recruiting. I'm still under the belief that he'll have a bigger impact in 2014 than 2013 since he's coming to 'Nova pretty late in the game - but we shall see.

You'll see a couple of new names on the board this week in Dwayne Morgan and Khadeen Carrington. Morgan is the type of talent that we haven't been able to land in the last few years, while Carrington has a connection to a former 'Nova player and current staffer that could help us.

2014 Big Board is after The Jump.

As covered in the 2013 Big Board, Villanova will be shooting for at least 3 prospects in the 2013 class. That will cover the graduation of Maurice Sutton & Mouphtaou Yarou. The following year, James Bell and Tony Chennault will graduate, leaving 2 spots open for the 2014 recruiting class.

Point Guards

With Tony Chennault graduating, Ty Johnson, Dylan Ennis and Ryan Arcidiacono will be manning the ball-handling duties. Jay Wright may or may not look to replace Chennault in this cycle. It's unlikely we take a true PG in this class, but here are some guys worth keeping an eye on.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Shep Garner
Philadelphia, PA (Roman Catholic) 6'2", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Being a local product, Villanova will be tracking Garner till the end, but he'll have a lot of major programs after him once 2013 wraps up.
Taquan Givens
The Bronx, NY (Maccormick Secure Center)
5'11", 165 lbs.
Sideways_arrow_medium Villanova, Miami (FL) and Kansas appear to be the early suitors for Givens. VUSports caught up with him on the state of his recruitment ($).

Shooting Guards

Jay Wright is after Allerik Freeman and Josh Hart in 2013, and with James Bell set to graduate before this class arrives on campus, Wright will definitely look to take a shooting guard.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Phil Booth
Baltimore, MD (Mount St. Joseph) 6'3", 170 lbs. Up_arrow_medium We'll have to see what happens when Coach Chill gets in touch with Booth. I don't think there will be much of a drop off in interest.
Ja'Quan Newton
Philadelphia, PA (Neumann-Goretti) 6'3", 180 lbs. Up_arrow_medium Newton's ability to play on or off the ball fits the bill for what Jay Wright wants in his guards. This will be a long recruitment.
Khadeen Carrington
Brooklyn, NY (Bishop Loughlin) 6'3", 180 lbs. Up_arrow_medium Villanova is now after Carrington, with a visit soon to come. Carrington attends the same high school that Curtis Sumpter came out of.

Small Forwards

James Bell will be graduating, but with the recent addition of Mislav Brzoja from Croatia, Darrun Hilliard, and even JayVaughn Pinkston's capability to play the 3, this is a luxury area in 2014.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Therence Mayimba
Rockville, MD (Montrose Christian) 6'5", 200 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Another Team Takeover guy, so we're in a holding pattern until more information is out. At least he's still at Montrose.
Dwayne Morgan
Baltimore, MD (St. Frances)
6'7", 190 lbs. Up_arrow_medium A mega-prospect, Villanova just recently got involved around the time that Coach Chill came on board. Hmmmmmmmm...
Allante Holston
Washington, DC (St. John's College HS) 6'6", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Another Team Takover product, (how many of these guys will stay on here?), Holston is coming off a broken foot and is just getting back into playing shape.

Forwards

The frontcourt needs depend heavily on what happens in 2013: we'll either be needing another body or absolutely desperate for another body.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Obi Enechionyia
Saint James, MD (Saint James) 6'8", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium More Takeover prospects? We weren't really in the door here yet so this may be a tough one with Martin gone.
Ben Bentil
Middletown, DE (St. Andrew's) 6'8", 225 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Bentil holds an offer from 'Nova and is currently ranked 36th nationally by Rivals. He'd be just what the doctor ordered for 'Nova.

Centers

Again, despite what happens with the 2013 class, adding a talented big man up front is a must for 2014, and so far it looks like there is a lot of talent.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Dakari Johnson
New York, NY (Montverde Academy) 6'10", 265 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium The top big man on the board for Villanova, Jay Wright has a couple of ins here. Johnson goes to the same high school as James Bell, which is now coached by Kevin Boyle (formerly of St. Patrick's in NJ). Johnson is ranked 7th nationally by Rivals.
Devin Burleson
Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco) 6'10", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Los Angeles is a little bit outside of Jay Wright's wheelhouse so this may prove to be a difficult recruitment, but Wright is in with Burleson early.
Chris McCullough
The Bronx, NY (Salisbury School) 6'8", 225 lbs. Down_arrow_medium Probably a big priority for Coach Chill - he's got great northeastern connections ($).

Next week we'll look to debut the "new information" piece that was mentioned by a commenter.

If you have any other names we should be tracking, let us know - and let's talk recruiting in the comments.