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Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2015 Big Board: August 2014 Edition

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Your monthly offseason update on Villanova's 2015 recruiting effort.

Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

Editor's Note: The 2015 board will occur on the first weekday of the month, and the 2016 board will be posted on roughly the 15th of the month.

The Villanova Wildcats are currently sitting pretty, as they say, with regards to recruiting. They've got two commitments lined up in the 2015 cycle already with guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Tim Delaney - now Jay Wright can turn his full attention to more elite targets that might want to ply their trade on the Main Line.

H/T 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. It is way too early to bank on a certain number of scholarships available, but it feels like Villanova will be after at least one more prospect - and God willing - 2 or 3 more so that they use their full allotment of scholarships available.

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Backcourt

Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis will have 1 year of eligibility remaining when this class is on campus, but with Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo in the fold Jay Wright has a good stable of young ballhandlers. Another one wouldn't hurt, while an off-ball scorer will also remain a priority.

Target Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Others Trending
Donte DiVincenzo

Wilmington, DE

Salesianum School : Team Final

6'3", 170 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

VILLANOVA COMMIT

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DiVincenzo committed in early January and gives Jay Wright an athletic combo-guard that can both score and distribute.

Bryant Crawford

Kensington, MD

Gonzaga (DC) : Team Takeover

6'2", 160 lbs.

Scout (4*)

Rivals (4*)

ESPN (4*)

Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland

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Crawford named Villanova one of 4 schools recruiting him the hardest, and plans to cut down his list soon.

Donovan Mitchell

New York, NY

Brewster Academy : The City

6'2", 180 lbs.

Rivals (4*)

Scout (4*)

247sports (4*)

ESPN (4*)

Providence, Florida St., Louisville, Boston College

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Mitchell cut his list to 5 schools, with visits to 'Nova (8/4) and Louisville (8/8) scheduled.

Jalen Brunson

Lincolnshire, IL

Stevenson HS : Mac Irvin Fire

6'2", 175 lbs.

Rivals (5-star)

Scout (4-star)

ESPN (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas

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With his father facing sexual assault charges for posing as Patrick Ewing, many experts are now turning to Michigan St. as Brunson's likely landing spot.

Isaiah Briscoe

Newark, NJ

Roselle Catholic : NJ Playaz

6'4", 205 lbs.

Rivals (5-star)

Scout (4-star)

ESPN (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

Arizona, Syracuse, Indiana, Florida, St. John's

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With Allonzo Trier committing to Arizon (who already boast Justin Simon), many think the Wildcats are out of play for Briscoe, and that he will likely stay closer to home.

Derrick Jones

Radnor, PA

Archbishop Carroll : WE-R-1

6'6", 180 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

ESPN (5-star)

247 (5-star)

Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland

Villanova is not seriously in play for Jones, but has offered.

Levan Alston

Haverford, PA

Haverford School : Team Final

6'3", 170 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (3-star)

247sports (3-star)

Temple, Penn, VCU, VCU, Notre Dame, Penn St., Marquette

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Alston cut his list to a final 6 schools - no Villanova, who never offered.

Trey Lowe

Trenton, NJ

Ewing : Team Final

6'6", 175 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)

ESPN (NR)

247sports (NR)

SMU, VCU, St. Joseph's (PA), Temple

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Lowe cut his list to a final four, with Villanova absent. The writing was on the wall when Lowe left an unofficial visit without an offer.

Chris Clover

Philadelphia, PA

St. Joseph's Prep : Philly Pride

6'4", 200 lbs.

ESPN (NR)

247sports (NR)

N/A

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Clover committed to St. Joseph's (PA) on August 3rd.

Josh Reaves

Fairfax, VA

Paul VI Catholic : Team Takeover

6'4", 185 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)

Scout (4-star)

ESPN (NR)

247sports (3-star)

N/A

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Reaves committed to Penn State on July 1st - Dwayne Anderson led the recruitment.

Malachi Richardson

Roselle, NJ

Trenton Catholic : Team Final

6'5", 195 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (5-star)

ESPN (5-star)

247sports (4-star)

N/A

Richardson committed to the Orange over Villanova, Arizona, UConn, Indiana and Rutgers in December.

Franklin Howard

Fairfax, VA

Paul VI Catholic : Team Takeover

6'4", 175 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)

Scout (4-star)

ESPN (4-star)

247sports (4-star)

N/A

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Howard committed to Syracuse in mid-April over Georgetown, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State and Virginia.

Frontcourt

Delaney being in the fold so early is a big plus as it allows Jay Wright to get aggressive with a second and (God willing) third frontline target.

Player Height/Weight Recruiting Profiles Others Trending

Tim Delaney

Pitman, NJ

Blair Academy : WE-R-1

6'8", 225 lbs. VILLANOVA COMMIT

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Delaney just announced that he will transfer from Pitman High School to Blair Academy for his senior season.

Chris Silva

Roselle, NJ

Roselle Catholic : NJ Roadrunners

6'9", 210 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)
Scout (4-star)
ESPN (NR)
247sports (4-star)

Syracuse, Creighton
Cincinnati, Seton Hall, SMU, Miami (FL)

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Silva plans to cut his list on August 17th, and announce his college destination on September 19th. Villanova is still the  favorite.

Ernest Aflakpui

Wayne, PA

Archbishop Carroll : WE-R-1

6'9", 225 lbs.

Rivals (3-star)

Scout (3-star)

ESPN (3-star)

247sports (3-star)

Temple, San Diego St., La Salle, St. Joseph's (PA), Rhode Island, George Washington

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There's conflicting reports on whether Aflakpui holds a Villanova offer, but he really impressed on the AAU circuit in July.

Thomas Bryant

Rochester, NY

Bishop Kearney : Team SCAN

6'8", 225 lbs. Rivals (5-star)
Scout (5-star)
ESPN (5-star)
247sports (4-star)

Syracuse, Florida, UCLA, Arizona, Kentucky

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Bryant holds a Villanova offer, but the Wildcats are not seriously involved.

Georgios Papagiannis

West Chester, PA

Westtown : Team Takeover

7'1", 235 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)
Scout (4-star)
ESPN (5-star)
247sports (4-star)

N/A

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The Greek opted to head back home to the professional ranks, signing with Panathinaikosin late June.

Moustapha Diagne

Sparta, NJ

Pope John XXIII : NJ Playaz

6'9", 230 lbs.

Rivals (4-star)
Scout (4-star)
ESPN (4-star)
247sports (4-star)

N/A

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Diagne committed to Syracuse at the Mary Kline Classic on the last night of May.

Marcus Derrickson

Fairfax, VA

Paul VI Catholic : Team Takeover

6'7", 230 lbs. Rivals (4-star)
Scout (4-star)
ESPN (4-star)
247sports (4-star)
N/A

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Derrickson committed to the Hoyas shortly after their Midnight Madness event to kick off the last season.