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How will Villanova Basketball finish off their 2017 recruiting class?

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There looks to be one scholarship left - or is there?

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With Villanova securing a verbal commitment from Jermaine Samuels over the weekend, the Wildcats now have a Top-15 class in the country and are well on their way to improving on that mark.

The focus will likely shift to the backcourt. The popular theory is that the staff would like a 3-man class to replace the departing trio of seniors. There’s a lot to like about Samuels’ and Cosby-Roundtree’s skillsets but there are two things missing: ball-handling and shooting.

There are five players with offers that fit the bill: Trevon Duval, Lonnie Walker, Collin Sexton, Quade Green and Darryl Morsell.

Duval is a spring signee and how strong ‘Nova remains in his recruitment likely depends on the season Jalen Brunson has, so put him aside for now. There hasn’t been much buzz around Sexton and despite some recent positive comments, Green doesn’t seem like a good bet to stay local.

That leaves Walker and Morsell. Both are Top-100 prospects but they’re a bit different in terms of what they can bring to the floor.

Walker is hyper-athletic guard and wants to develop as a lead guard. He can shoot it with the best of them and has plus-defender potential, in addition to solid ball-handling skills. There’s a reason Wright has been on him for what feels like forever. While he hasn’t announced an official visit schedule, he’s very familiar with the program and was seen on campus with the staff this past week.

A late-riser this summer, Morsell brings a lot of the toughness that the staff and fans alike have come to love in their players, and much like Samuels has the ability to defend multiple positions. He’s got a good handle, but his outside shot needs some work.

With Morsell presumably taking his ‘Nova visit before Walker, it creates a scenario where ‘Nova could potentially finish off their class before their presumed top target is ready to decide.

Do you prefer one over the other? Would the staff take both? Scholarships aren’t a hinderance, but Jay has preferred to leave a few scholarships open in recent seasons.

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For now, it’s fun to think about and one of those good problems to have.