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Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2016 Big Board: September 2014 Edition

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Your monthly offseason update on Villanova's 2016 recruiting effort.

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the offseason! 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 three commitments lined up in the 2015 cycle already with guards Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo, plus forward Tim Delaney> The 2016 class is loaded with talent, and Wright will have plenty of scholarships to use.

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. If things hold, Wright will have 5 scholarships available for this class.Roster_outlook

Backcourt

A huge area of need with Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis both set to graduate the season before this class arrives. We'll have a better idea of what Phil Booth can handle soon, and Jalen Brunson looks like the point guard of the future. A guard who can score feels like the number one need.

Target | Hometown (HS & AAU) Height/Weight

Recruiting Profile

(247Composite)

Also Considering Trending
Payton Pritchard

West Linn, OR

(West Linn & Team Fast)

6'1", 175 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#40 Nationally

#8 PG

#1 Oregon

Wisconsin

Kansas

Michigan St.

Oregon

Notre Dame

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Pritchard is the best PG on the board. Wright and Baker Dunleavy went to meet with him on the first day of the recruiting period last week. Dunleavy's Northwest roots should help in this recruitment, but oddly enough the stiffest compeition is coming from B1G/Big 12 country.

Rawle Alkins

Brooklyn, NY

(Christ The King & NY Rens)

6'4", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#31 Nationally

#5 SG

#1 New York

Indiana

Cincinnati

Kansas

Louisville

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Jay Wright and Kyle Neptune will visit Alkins today. Alkins has been fond of both 'Nova and Cincinnati for a while, but now the blue bloods have started calling after he blew up over the summer.

Lamar Stevens

Philadelphia, PA

(Haverford School & Team Final)

6'7", 195 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#112 Nationally

#20 SF

#4 PA

Indiana

Penn State

St. Joseph's (PA)

Temple

La Salle

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Villanova was Stevens first offer, and the as he's local, they've been thought of as the frontrunner. Stevens has been quiet on his recruitment thus far.

Tyus Battle

Gladstone, NJ

(Gill St. Bernard's & Team SCAN)

6'6", 180 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#13 Nationally

#4 SG

#1 NJ

Syracuse

Duke

Kentucky

Michigan

UConn

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Jay Wright was in to see Battle last week, and pitched him on staying close to home. Battle might visit for Hoops Mania, but it's the day before an already committed trip to Duke.

Howard Washington

Buffalo, NY

(Canisius & Albany City Rocks)

6'2", 165 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#79 Nationally

#21 PG

#2 New York

Syracuse

Boston College

Notre Dame

Memphis

Miami (FL)

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Villanova has reportedly offered Washington, but the Buffalo native is thought to be a strong Syracuse lean.

Wolfgang Novogratz

Brooklyn, NY

(Poly Prep & The City)

6'2", 175 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#133 Nationally

#35 PG

#4 New York

Northwestern

Rutgers

Georgetown

Minnesota

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Novogratz lists an offer from Villanova, and visited for a game this winter. He looks like plan B to Payton Pritchard at PG.

Kodye Pugh

Baltimore, MD

(Boys' Latin & WE-R-1)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#107 Nationally

#18 SF

#1 Maryland

Georgetown

Iowa

Northwestern

St. Joseph's (PA)

Temple

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'A new name, Nova will meet with Pugh on Thursday. An offer could be coming.

Vaughn Covington

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti)

6'0", 160 lbs.

Xavier

Miami (FL)

Lehigh

Holy Cross

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Covington is raking up mid-major offers right now. At the time he looks like a plan B for 'Nova.

Jabri McCall

Philadelphia, PA

(Martin Luthur King)

6'0", 165 lbs.

Crystal Ball

NR

Creighton

Xavier

St. Joseph's (PA)

Penn State

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Like Covington, he's mostly garnering mid-major interest at this time. He's a depth option.

De'Monte Buckingham

Richmond, VA

(Henrico)

6'3", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

#168 Nationally

#32 SG

#8 Virginia

VCU

Virginia

Cincinnati

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Villanova was reported to be checking in on Buckingham in March, but not much since then. This doesn't appear to be real anymore.

Amarveer Singh

Jersey City, NJ

(St. Peter's Prep & NY Lightning)

6'7", 180 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#144 Nationally

#26 SF

#7 NJ

Cincinnati

Penn State

Creighton

Rutgers

Virginia

Seton Hall

Singh picked up an offer from Jay Wright in October last year, but there hasn't been much noise in his recruitment since. He's behind Lamar Stevens in priority.

Frontcourt

With Daniel Ochefu set to graduate as this class arrives on campus, it's imperative that Wright finds a good player to compliment Daryl Reynolds and Tim Delaney.

Target
Hometown (HS)
Height/Weight

Recruiting Profile

(247Composite)

Also Considering Trending
Sedee Keita

Middletown, DE

(Vermont Academy & WE-R-1)

6'9", 225 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#100 Nationally

#24 PF

#3 VT

Syracuse

Iowa State

Memphis

Temple

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Keita had good things to say about his visit to the Main Line when he spoke to Philly.com after a summer visit, and told Tyler Tynes he could see himself at Villanova.

Kassoum Yakwe

Centereach, NY

(Our Savior New American & Team SCAN)

6'7", 220 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

#162 Nationaly

#36 PF

#7 New York

Kansas

St. John's

Iowa State

Pittsburgh

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During the spring/summer Yakwe said Villanova was one of the schools after him the most, but he's been quiet since then.

Omari Spellman

North Royalton, OH

(MacDuffie (MA) & Team SCAN)

6'8", 270 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#23 Nationally

#5 C

#2 Massachusetts

Ohio State

Cincinnati

Arizona

Indiana

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Spellman had a monster summer, but Villanova is still in the mix. The word in Ohio is that he's a Ohio State lean, but maybe his transfer to MacDuffie (MA) can get him out of Buckeye country long enough to open up his recruitment.

Edrice Adebayo

Pinetown, NC

(Northside & Boo Williams)

6'8", 270 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#14 Nationally

#2 C

#3 North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina State

Cincinnati

Memphis

Iowa State

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Villanova put in a call to Adebayo over the summer, but there hasn't been much love back since.

Joe Hampton

Hyattsville, MD

(Oak Hill Academy & DC Assault)

6'7", 235 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#143 Nationally

#32 PF

#3 Virginia

N/A

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Hampton visited in June, but then committed to Penn State in August.

Anybody you think we should be tracking? Let us know and we'll add them to the board.

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Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2016 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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