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Villanova Basketball Recruiting: 2018 Big Board

Let's look ahead to who the staff is targeting.

Will Elijah Weaver (pictured) end up at his dream school?
Will Elijah Weaver (pictured) end up at his dream school?
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With the July evaluation period officially a wrap, it's time to take an even further look ahead to 2018 recruiting. This is obviously a ways off and the class size will be impacted by what happens not only in 2017 recruiting, but any potential unexpected attrition as well.

Right now, Phil Booth is the lone senior set to graduate before this class arrives. Predictably, the majority of the offers the staf has extended have been to guards.

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

VU Hoops Roster Outlook


With it looking more likely that Villanova is going to pass on a true PG until 2018, the staff has spread out several offers to 4-and-5-star talent. That's likely to be the main focus of this class.



Early on this is shaping up to be a Villanova vs. Louisville battle for the 4-star Florida native. Weaver publicly called Villanova his dream school, and then picked up an offer shortly after. Louisville was ever-present at his games during July though, and he spoke highly of the Cardinals after an unofficial visit in June.


Part of the Sports U Fab Five, Quinerly was one of the first offers in the class for Villanova. He's been to campus multiple times, including last year's Hoops Mania. Quinerly started as a hot commodity locally, but his recruitment has quickly expanded to the national scene.


Quickley has a Villanova offer and has visited unofficially. He's likely to be one of the most sought after point guards in the class. Long way to go here, but with Duke and Kentucky already involved - not to mention local favorites Maryland - this could be a tough one to win.


Reddish was another early offer for Villanova, and they've been on him for a long time given his locality. He'd be a home run to land. He's a Top-5 player in the class, and everyone is going to be on him. An injury in July kept him out at the end of AAU season.


Villanova offered Hubb recently, and the lefty is one of the top prospects in the DMV area. He's on record as saying Maryland is his favorite at this early stage, but Villanova has good relationships at Gonzaga. He's being projected as more of a point guard at the next level, but he's an excellent scorer now.


Late breaking news last night, as Villanova offered Slater. While still a little raw, the lefty has good size and length for the wing, is developing his shot and is a very good athlete.


While the frontcourt appears to be loaded at the center position, the offers here suggest that a multi-skilled forward who can play both inside and out will be targeted.


Hameir Wright recently decided to reclassify to 2018 and take a PG year, partially because of several schools desire to redshirt him. With this path he keeps his options open and can expand the schools recruiting him. He was a top target of Villanova's in 2017, and you wouldn't expect things to change now that he's in 2018.


Laszewski picked up a Villanova offer after unofficially visiting in late June. He's regarded as one of the best shooters in the class, looks like a prototypical stretch forward if he continues to grow.


Jalen "Sticks" Smith attended Hoops Mania and promptly picked up a Villanova offer. He's a 5-star talent who attends the same high school that produced Phil Booth. Was recently named the MVP of the Las Vegas Fab 48 in his age bracket.

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


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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