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Villanova Basketball 2013 Recruiting Big Board: August 28th, 2012

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Holy cow, 'Nova Nation - we might actually put together a pretty solid 2013 recruiting class! Late last Friday news broke via 247sports that Kris Jenkins had committed to our beloved Villanova Wildcats - a report which Jenkins himself denied. However, on Sunday Jenkins confirmed that he had in fact committed to Villanova.

This seemed to come out of the blue, as most indications were that Xavier were leading the charge - but in an interview with VUsports ($) Jenkins let it be known he had been leaning towards 'Nova for a few weeks. Recruiting sure is fun to follow, isn't it?

Join me after The Jump for this week's Big Board. We've got updates on Allerik Freeman, the Harrison twins and more.

Villanova has 2 seniors on the roster this season in Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton, and have 12 scholarship roster players (Dylan Ennis will be taking a redshirt year). 'Nova will be targeting anywhere from 1 to 3 prospects for the 2013 recruiting class.

Kris Jenkins became the 1st verbal commitment on August 26th.

New updates will appear in BOLD.

Point Guards

With Tony Chennault, Ty Johnson and Ryan Arcidiacono on campus this fall (and Dylan Ennis joining the following season), point guard is not a huge position of need - however there are players that if they were interested, we'd certainly welcome with open arms.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Rysheed Jordan Philadelphia, PA (Vaux Roberts) 6'4", 185 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium We're probably looking at a fall commitment timeline from Jordan after news broke last week they'll he'll be trimming his list and taking visits in the fall.
Andrew Harrison Fort Bend, TX (Travis)
6'5", 205 lbs.
Sideways_arrow_medium I wouldn't get your hopes up too much, but the Harrison twins will be taking an official visit to Villanova. Do we have life?

Shooting Guards

A priority in this class with only Achraf Yacoubou & James Bell capable of playing the 2 this season until Ennis is eligible, Jay Wright would really like to add a high-end scorer.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Allerik Freeman Charlotte, NC (Findlay Prep) 6'4", 210 lbs. Up_arrow_medium Freeman announced 4 official visit dates last week, with Villanova getting Freeman for an on-campus visit on September 28th.
Aaron Harrison Fort Bend, TX (Travis) 6'5", 210 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium I wouldn't get your hopes up too much, but the Harrison twins will be taking an official visit to Villanova. Do we have life?

Small Forwards

There isn't a huge need here with the recent addition of Mislav Brzoja from Croatia, in addition to James Bell, Darrun Hilliard, and even JayVaughn Pinkston's capability to play the 3.

Note: Ishmail Wainright was removed from the big board.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Josh Hart Silver Springs, MD (Sidwell Friends) 6'5", 190 lbs. Up_arrow_medium There hasn't been much news out of the Hart camp in a couple of weeks since he talked up 'Nova.
B.J. Johnson
Ardmore, PA (Lower Merion) 6'6", 170 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium With the commitment of Jenkins, 'Nova may have filled their need for a 3/4 with ball skills. Johnson's stock is soaring though, so keep an eye on him.

Forwards

Unless you're all dying to see the 4-guard lineup rolled out on a consistent basis, we could use some beef up front.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Tyler Roberson Roselle, NJ (Roselle Catholic) 6'8", 210 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium I've got a few people telling me we're still in it for Roberson, but his public comments don't seem to bode too well for us. ($)
Reggie Cameron Paterson, NJ (Hudson Catholic) 6'7", 215 lbs. Down_arrow_medium Cameron doesn't appear to be much on Villanova's radar anymore. Cameron's biggest asset - his shooting - is something that Kris Jenkins does just as well.
Isaiah Watkins Toronto, Ont., CAN (St. Benedict's) 6'8", 230 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Watkins trimmed down his list down to 13 schools, with Villanova making the cut. Remains a plan B option for Villanova.

Centers

With Markus Kennedy transferring, Mouph set to graduate and only Daniel Ochefu waiting in the wings, it's imperative that Jay Wright add a big body (or 2) up front.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Trending Notes
Chinonso Obokoh Rochester, NY (Bishop Kearney) 6'9", 220 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium Obokoh continues to collect high-major interest as his stock rises seemingly every week. In my opinion, a priority for Villanova.
Kyle Washington Champlain, MN (The Hotchkiss Schoo) 6'9", 215 lbs. Sideways_arrow_medium With Coach Chill's northeastern ties, he'll be looking to get involved with Kyle Washington early.
Jordan Washington Queens, NY (Pathways College Prep) 6'8", 225 lbs. Down_arrow_medium Washington has gushed about Villanova for ages and apparently has been offered - so why hasn't he committed? The 'Nova staff may have cooled on him, for now.

So now the question becomes, "Who will be our next commitment?" Sometimes all it takes is one for a few more guys to jump on board. Any guesses?

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Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2013 Villanova basketball recruiting where we'll be filing all our big boards along with any other posts that deal with recruiting in the 2013 cycle.

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