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Villanova Basketball Recruiting: 2017 Big Board

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Long week off, so let's change focus for a minute.

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A week off from basketball gives us a chance for a quick peek at the recruiting plans for Villanova in a loaded 2017 class. Expect the coaches to hit the road this week too to continue scouting. The influx of size in the program next year means that this class could be guard/wing heavy, and there wouldn't be any reason to complain.

A 3-man class makes sense given who the Wildcats will be losing, but as usual transfers or early entries could always change things up.

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

villanova basketball roster outlook

Backcourt

Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart are definitely gone, and there's always the threat of Jalen Brunson leaving as well, though that is looking increasingly unlikely. With one new offer to a true point guard and Trevon Duval still a target, a ball handling guard looks like it's in the cards in addition to at least one guard who can create for himself.

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

#19 Nationally

#4 SG

#2 Pennsylvania

Indiana

Ohio State

Maryland

Penn State

Stanford

Temple

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Still priority #1, and still considered a Villanova lean at this point. Walker was in town for the Xavier blowout - but don't expect a commitment soon. He's stated he plans on taking some visits.

Jermaine Samuels

Weston, MA

(The Rivers School & Expressions Elite)

6'6", 190 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#37 Nationally

#8 SF

#1 Massachusetts

UConn

Providence

Boston College

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Samuels is just recently back from injury, but Villanova is involved. So much so that both Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater have made Crystal Ball picks for Samuels to Villanova. Getting him on campus will be key.

Chris Lykes

Washington, D.C.

(Gonzaga & Team Takeover)

5'8", 150 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

#178 Nationally

#44 PG

#1 D.C.

Georgetown

VCU

Miami (FL)

Dayton

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Villanova just offered Lykes last week, and should be involved going forward given their strong roots in the D.C. area and track record with guards.

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

Oklahoma

Arizona

With the schools involved, Duval remains a longshot for Villanova, and his move to Texas didn't help the cause. He's quiet when it comes to recruiting, so let's re-evaluate during AAU season.

D.J. Harvey

Hyattsville, MD

(DeMatha & Team Takeover)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#9 Nationally

#1 SG

#1 Maryland

Duke

Arizona

Louisville

Georgetown

Maryland

North Carolina

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Harvey just cut his list to 16, and the Wildcats are in the thick of it with another planned cut to come once AAU starts back up. Gut feeling is this is Duke's to lose, but Harvey is too good to give up on.

Quade Green

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & Team Final)

5'11", 160 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#37Nationally

#8 PG

#3 Pennsylvania

Syracuse

Michigan State

Maryland

Providence

Temple

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Villanova has been at several NG games this season for both Green and his teammate Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. He's a priority and could be a great fit at Villanova given his skill set. His AAU switch to Nike-backed Team Final is encouraging as well.

Hamidou Diallo

Queens, NY

(Putnam Science Academy & NY Jayhawks)

6'4", 170 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#10 Nationally

#2 SG

#1 New York

UConn

Kansas

St. John's

Louisville

Kentucky

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Villanova offered Hamidou Diallo over the summer, but it doesn't feel like that recruitment ever got off the ground.

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

Maryland

Kentucky

Arizona

St. John's

Michigan

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Tucker has set visits to St. John's and Maryland, with nary of mention of Villanova being involved lately.

Brandon Randolph

Yonkers, NY

(Westtown & PSA Cardinals)

6'6", 185 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#145 Nationally

#30 SG

#5 New York

Louisville

Marquette

VCU

Virginia Tech

Vanderbilt

Wake Forest

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Villanova definitely has their eye on Randolph, who just landed an offer from Louisville. His recruitment is about to take off and the 'Cats would be well served to get involved soon with an offer.

Tremont Waters

New Haven, CT

(South Kent & NE Playaz)

5'11", 160 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#41Nationally

#11 PG

#2 Connecticut

UConn

Stanford

Wake Forest

St. John's

Seton Hall

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Villanova has expressed interest in Waters and attended multiple games to scout him, but no offer yet.

Kellan Grady

West Roxbury, MA

(Northfield Mt. Herman & NE Playaz)

6'4", 175 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

#173 Nationally

#42 PG

#5 Massachusetts

Davidson

Xavier

Creighton

St. Joseph's (PA)

Rhode Island

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Davidson is the odds-on favorite for Grady, but Wright watched him in November and an offer would certainly give Grady something to think about.

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)

6'11", 205 lbs.

Crystal Ball

5-star

#5 Nationally

#3 PF

#1 New York

Duke

Kentucky

Maryland

North Carolina

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As with Harvey, you get the feeling Duke is in pole position. But given the proximity and familiarity with the program, Villanova has a shot, however long it might be.

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

Philadelphia, PA

(Neumann-Goretti & Team Final)

6'8", 215 lbs.

Crystal Ball

3-star

#132 Nationally

#30 PF

#4 Pennsylvania

Syracuse

USC

Penn State

Temple

St. Joseph's (PA)

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Like Quade Green, Villanova has been around NG a ton this season. NG has been Syracuse territory for years, but the Wildcats could very well pull this one out.

Hameir Wright

Albany, NY

(Albany Academy & Albany City Rocks

6'7", 180 lbs.

Crystal Ball

4-star

#68 Nationally

#12 SF

#5 New York

Maryland

Cincinnati

Dayton

West Virginia

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Wright reportedly holds a 'Nova offer, but not much going on in his recruitment publicly right now.

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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Kentucky has been all over Richards, and given their track record with the frontline, it's hard to see him ending up anywhere else.

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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