Monday June 15th marked the first day that members of the class of 2017 were allowed to be contacted by college coaches. As far as summer recruiting days go, it's a fairly big deal. The Villanova staff had obviously been very active prior to this date by way of making offers to elite prospects like Mohammed Bamba, Lonnie Walker, Trevon Duval, D.J. Harvey and others, but any interest had to be made to their coaches.
Now that the walls are down, things should pick up for the rising juniors in the coming months. Here are a few new names to add to the 2017 watchlist for Villanova.
Stanford, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Iowa, Nwestern, Illinois, Rice IU, Nova, Gtown have reached out to 2017 Mac Irvin Fire wing Justin Smith— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) June 16, 2015
Some here may be familiar with Smith, as he was the high-flying high school teammate of Jalen Brunson at Adlai Stevenson (IL). At 6'7" 185 lbs., Smith is currently rated 4 stars and 50th nationally in the 247 Composite rankings. He has offers from Wake Forest, Northwestern and Rice.
The 6'6" 190lb. Baltimore native plays for Friends School (MD) and Team Takeover, and is a new name in 2017 for Villanova. Jay Wright has been targeting the elite on the wing thus far, but has had good success bringing in DMV-area players in recent years in Douglas' range (4-star, #63 in 247 Composite). He's being heavily courted by Maryland.
Green isn't a new name for Villanova fans - the Neumann-Goretti and WE-R-1 star has been on the Wildcats' radar for some time - but he was speaking with Villanova on Monday according to City of Basketball Love. Green picked up offers from Xavier and La Salle on Monday as well.
2017 6'4" Dylan Henderson heard from BYU, Villanova & Dartmouth #SaintMarysBasketball— Jim H (@Jimhenderson01) June 15, 2015
Probably more of a depth play, but the 'Nova staff reached out to 6'4" shooting guard Dylan Henderson, who hails from Chicago. BYU, Nevada, and Dartmouth were also in touch.