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Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2014 Big Board: October 2013 Edition

Your monthly update on the 2014 recruiting efforts for Villanova basketball.


This will be the final edition of the 2014 Big Board in 2013. We'll continue to reference it in recruiting news posts, but the college basketball season is just around the corner, and the coaches' focus is set to turn (if it already hasn't) to their current rosters, as opposed to their future ones. The final 2015 board will run on Tuesday October 15th.

As you're all hopefully aware, we opened the books on 2014 on June 19th with the commitment of wing Mikal Bridges. At the close of the July live period, guard Phil Booth also committed to Villanova. In early August, Mislav Brzoja transferred to Evansville, thus giving Jay Wright an additional scholarship to play with. Whether or not he uses it remains to be seen.

Also thanks to Mike, we've got a nice graphic of the roster outlook, so you can get a good feel for how the next few years will play out. In this cycle, we've still got a maximum of 2 scholarships open (assuming no transfers and NBA early entries).


Point Guards

Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis will have 2 years of eligibility remaining, and with the commitment of guard Phil Booth, it looks like Villanova is done recruiting the backcourt for 2014.

Target Hometown (HS & AAU) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Phil Booth

Baltimore, MD

(Mount St. Joseph & Team Takeover)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Villanova


Booth made his pledge to Villanova at the close of the July period. The versatile guard gives 'Nova an option at both the 1 and 2, and is a seasoned defender and shooter. Jay Wright is getting a lot in Phil Booth, which makes it easy to understand why he looks to be the only backcourt player taken in this class.

Ja'Quan Newton

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & Team Final

6'3" 180 lbs.
  • Miami (FL)


Shortly following Booth's commitment, Newton trimmed his list to six - and Villanova didn't survive. Newton announced a somewhat surprising commitment to Miami (FL) shortly after.

Shep Garner

Philadelphia, PA

(Roman Catholic & Team Final)

6'2", 170 lbs.
  • Penn State


Always a plan B for 'Nova, Garner committed to Penn State back in mid-June.

Shooting Guards

Even with the news that Mislav Brzoja is transferring to Evansville, Jay Wright looks set with Phil Booth as the only backcourt member in the class of 2014.

Target Hometown (HS) Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Also Considering Trending
Julian Richardson

Woodland Hills, CA

(El Camino Real & Cal Supreme)

6'2", 175 lbs.
  • Minnesota
  • South Florida
  • Fresno State
  • Long Beach State


While it's looking like Villanova is going to enter evaluation mode again, Richardson could be someone Wright looks at if there is a scholarship available late in the cycle.

Robert Johnson

Chesterfield, VA

(Benedictine & Boo Williams)

6'3", 180 lbs.
  • Indiana


Jay Wright was in early on Johnson before he blew up during the July live period, and Phil Booth's commitment ended 'Nova's chances. Johnson pulled the trigger for Indiana on September 20th.

Mike Williams

Brooklyn, NY

(Bishop Loughlin & NY Lightning)

6'2", 180 lbs.
  • Rutgers


Always a plan B option, Williams committed to Rutgers in early July.

Small Forwards

Mikal Bridges offers the ability to step out to the 3-point line, and can affect the game on the defensive interior, as seen in these highlights from the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. Bridges is only 16 and still growing, but it would be a surprise if Jay Wright took another wing in 2014.




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Mikal Bridges

Malvern, PA

(Great Valley & Team Final)

6'6", 180 lbs.
  • Villanova


Bridges popped for 'Nova on June 25th, calling Villanova his dream school and citing the Jay Wright and the Wildcats' style of play as the deciding factors.

Marial Shayok

Ottawa, CAN

(Blair Academy & CIA Bounce)

6'6", 200 lbs.
  • Marquette
  • Virginia
  • Boston College
  • Minnesota
  • USC
  • Seton Hall


Shayok is no longer mentioning Villanova among his potential suitors, which makes sense given the commitment of Mikal Bridges.

Jared Nickens

Westtown, PA

(Westtown School & Sports U)

6'6", 185 lbs.
  • Maryland


A deadly shooter who many readers were clamoring for Jay Wright to pursue, Nickens tore it up at the Mary Kline Classic and then shortly after committed to the Terps.


With Martin Geben off the board, it looks like #WeNeedABigMan is back on.

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Martin Geben

Hagerstown, MD

(St. Maria Goretti & Team Takeover)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Notre Dame


Geben cancelled a scheduled trip to Virginia and committed to the Irish. Jay Wright never got him on campus.

Ben Bentil

Middletown, DE

(St. Andrew's & WE-R-1)

6'8", 225 lbs.
  • Providence


Bentil added to Ed Cooley's already impressive class when he committed to Providence on September 30th.

Johnathan Wilkins

La Porte, IN

(La Lumiere School & Spiece Indy Heat)

6'9", 220 lbs.
  • New Mexico State


'Nova offered Wilkins, whose Dad is a former NBA player, back in March. Wilkins stunned the recruiting world when he re-classified to 2013 and enrolled at New Mexico State.

Quadri Moore

Linden, NJ

(Linden & Sports U)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Cincinnati


After cutting his list to four schools, Moore committed to Cincinnati in mid-September, adding to their impressive frontcourt haul.

Pascal Chukwu

Fairfield, CT

(Fairfield Prep & CT Basketball Club)

7'2", 220 lbs.
  • Providence


Chukwu was never offered by 'Nova, and never gave them the chance to get involved. Pascal Chukwu committed to Providence in late August.

It's looking more and more likely that Jay Wright is done for 2014, unless he finds a diamond in the rough a la Darryl Reynolds late in the game. What do you think?


Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2014 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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