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2016 looks set - so where does Jay Wright and staff go from here?

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With Dylan Painter's commitment to Villanova, it's time to take a look at the recruiting board for Villanova. With Painter and Spellman inbound (plus Eric Paschall's eligibility), it's looking like the Wildcats are done for 2016. Lamar Stevens just announced he will make a commitment on Friday - he's the last outstanding offer for 2016. 2017 is a loaded class, especially in the Northeast, and it's where the staff has been focusing their attention lately.

Here's the current scholarship outlook, courtesy of MikeJ.

villanova basketball roster outlook

Backcourt

With Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart out the door (plus the looming threat of Jalen Brunson leaving early), Wright will need to replenish the backcourt talent in a big way. So far, he's targeted elite level players and seems to have a strong foothold in the recruitment of several targets.

Target | Hometown (HS & AAU) Height/Weight

Recruiting Profile

(247Composite)

Also Considering Trending
Lonnie Walker

Reading, PA

(Reading & Team Final)

6'4", 180 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#20 Nationally

#4 SG

#2 Pennsylvania

Indiana

Ohio State

Maryland

Penn State

Stanford

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Jay Wright visited with Lonnie Walker last Wednesday, the first day he was allowed to make contact with the Reading (Pa.) guard. Arguably the top priority in 2017, it's still an industry consensus that the 5-star guard will end up with the Wildcats.

Jordan Tucker

White Plains, NY

(Archbishop Stepniac & NY Lightning)

6'7", 200 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#33 Nationally

#7 SF

#2 New York

Syracuse

UConn

Indiana

Arizona

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Tucker was one of the first stops for Wright last week - not much happening with his recruitment over the summer, publicly at least.

Trevon Duval

Wilmington, DE

(Advanced Prep International & WE-R-1)

6'3", 175 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#3 Nationally

#1 PG

#1 Delaware

Maryland

Louisville

Kansas

Baylor

UConn

Nobody had a bigger summer than Duval, who is now rightfully considered the best guard in the country. He just switched high schools to a basketball factory in Texas - how will that affect Villanova's recruitment remains to be seen.

D.J. Harvey

Hyattsville, MD

(DeMatha & Team Takeover)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#8 Nationally

#1 SG

#1 Maryland

Arizona

Louisville

Georgetown

Maryland

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Harvey's June visit to Villanova reportedly went well, but schools like UCLA, Duke and North Carolina have jumped in to his recruitment, making him feel like a longshot.

Quade Green

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & WE-R-1)

5'11", 160 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#40 Nationally

#8 PG

#3 Pennsylvania

Syracuse

Michigan State

Maryland

Arizona State

Temple

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Villanova was in the house for Green last week - the Philly guard had a nice summer playing on a loaded WE-R-1 team. He's taking his time with regards to his recruitment, but will visit Syracuse again shortly.

Hamidou Diallo

Queens, NY

(Putnam Science Academy & NY Jayhawks)

6'4", 170 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#10 Nationally

#3 SG

#3 Connecticut

UConn

Kansas

St. John's

Louisville

Maryland

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Villanova offered Hamidou Diallo over the summer, but most are expecting the electric guard to stay close to home with teammate/friend Mamadou Diarra and the Huskies.

Jermaine Samuels

Weston, MA

(The Rivers School & Expressions Elite)

6'6", 190 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#38 Nationally

#8 SF

#1 Massachusetts

UConn

Providence

Boston College

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Samuels has had a pretty quiet recruitment, so it's tough to know where things stand.

Kodye Pugh

Baltimore, MD

(Blair Academy & WE-R-1)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#136 Nationally

#29 SF

#4 Maryland

Georgetown

Stanford

Northwestern

Virginia Tech

Vanderbilt

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The 'Nova staff scouted Pugh on multiple occasions over the winter, but no offer yet. Pugh reclassified to 2017 after deciding to transfer to Blair Academy.

Justin Smith

Buffalo Grove, IL

(Stevenson & Mac Irvin Fire)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#114 Nationally

#23 PF

#5 Illinois

Illinois

Wake Forest

Northwestern

Rice

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Villanova was in contact with Smith during the AAU period. Jalen Brunson's former teammate looks like a solid backup plan if the elite wing targets fall through.

Frontcourt

The Wildcats have a strong 2-man class in 2016 that will replenish the frontcourt with talent after Daniel Ochefu graduates following this season. With Darryl Reynolds out the door as this class arrives, 'Nova will be looking to bring in

Target
Hometown (HS)
Height/Weight

Recruiting Profile

(247Composite)

Also Considering Trending
Mohamed Bamba

New York, NY

(Westtown & PSA Cardinals)

6'9", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#6 Nationally

#4 PF

#1 Pennsylvania

Arizona

UConn

Maryland

Kentucky

Duke

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Villanova is expected to see Bamba on Friday, with just about everybody else involved in his recruitment. It's always an uphill battle when programs like Duke and Kentucky are heavily involved but Bamba is very familiar with the Villanova program.

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & Team Final)

6'8", 200 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

128 Nationally

#5 C

#4 Pennsylvania

Syracuse

USC

Penn State

Temple

St. Joseph's (PA)

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Cosby-Rountree picked up a Villanova offer at the tail end of the summer evaluation period. Villanova then watched him at NG's open gym last week. He recently picked up offers from Syracuse and USC.

Hameir Wright

Albany, NY

(Albany Academy & Albany City Rocks

6'7", 195 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#68 Nationally

#12 SF

#5 New York

Maryland

Cincinnati

Dayton

West Virginia

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ESPN is reporting that Wright will likely attend Hoops Mania next month - and is hoping to receive an offer at the event.

Nick Richards

Manhasset, NY

(St. Patrick's & Expressions Elite)

6'10", 220 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#14 Nationally

#2 C

#1 New York

Kansas

Kentucky

Arizona

UCLA

UConn

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Richards visited for Hoops Mania last fall, and Villanova was a presence at his games on the AAU circuit this spring. His stock has blown up and Kentucky is considered the favorite.

O'Shae Brissett

Missisauga, Ontario, CAN

(Findlay Prep  & LV Prospects)

6'6", 190 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#103 Nationally

#21 SF

#3 Maryland

UCLA

Arizona State

Oklahoma

Oregon

UNLV

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Wright was reportedly expected to contact Brissett over the summer. You probably know him best as the guy who inspires flame wars over his true height, which has reportedly anywhere from 6'5" to 6'8"

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 2017 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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