Happy Gameday Nova Nation! Believe it or not, the Michigan game is actually the second biggest thing happening with the program today. Wednesday is the opening of college basketball’s signing period, and Villanova’s four verbal commits for the Class of 2019 are set to sign their National Letters of Intent.
We’re not expecting any surprises here, but today should open the door for more insight on the future of the program. Once the letters are signed, Wright and the staff will be able to open up about the players, their recruitment, and expectations for next year.
But in the meantime, let’s check in on the 2019 class and see how everyone’s doing:
Bryan Antoine (SG) | Eatontown, NJ | #12 Overall Ranked Player
Antoine continues to show why he’s the #1 ranked shooting guard in the class. Here he is last week burying a game winner at Hoop Group.
But it’s not just the perimeter where the one-and-done candidate excels. Antoine can bring it from anywhere:
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (PF) | Bradenton, FL | #18 Overall Ranked Player
JRE was the last piece of the 2019 Class, and his addition vaulted Villanova up the rankings. He’s another player that could step right into the starting lineup and make an immediate impact for the Wildcats. Here’s just a taste of what he can bring to the table.
2019 5-Star F Jeremiah Robinson-Earl commits to Villanova over Kansas.pic.twitter.com/MkD5PpkkCB— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) October 30, 2018
Justin Moore (SG) | Hyattsville, MD | #49 Overall Ranked Player
When the country’s 3rd best shooting guard is ranked 3rd in your incoming class, you’re doing something right (or should I say Wright?). Here he is at last month’s Team USA Minicamp showing that he can distribute just as well as he can finish.
Eric Dixon (PF) | Abington, PA | #58 Overall Ranked Player
Don’t sleep on Wright’s first commitment in the Class of 2019, because Dixon looks to be getting even better in his senior year. The local prospect should be a perfect fit for Villanova, and people can’t stop raving about him.
Every time I see Villanova commit Eric Dixon he looks better. He was dominant yesterday at the @TrainImpossible Skillcase. It's said time and time again, but he will fit right in with Jay Wright's system. pic.twitter.com/91bd7g1l0Y— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) November 13, 2018
It’s absolutely incredible to know that Villanova HAS won championships, IS a Top 10 team, and WILL have a Top 5 recruiting class. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!
In other “news”, Title Rematch Tonight, Saddiq Bey is playing really well, and the Wildcats head to Disney next week. Enjoy!
Storylines to watch on eve of basketball's signing period | 247 Sports
College basketball’s National Signing Day is nearly here. The week-long event tips on Wednesday and is the first of two periods where high school recruits can sign with
National signing day: Abington trio to play Division I basketball | The Inquirer
Eric Dixon and Lucas Monroe will continue their basketball careers at Villanova and Penn, respectively. Abington girls' star Kassondra Brown is set to sign with Rhode Island.
Majority Of Class Of 2019 Top-10 Recruits Planning To Sign In Spring | Flo Hoops
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday and runs through Nov. 21, but it appears that the majority of the top prospects in the class of 2019 will sign late.
Michigan Basketball: 3 keys for the Wolverines against Villanova | Busting Brackets
Michigan Basketball will travel to Villanova Wednesday for a National Championship rematch. Here are three keys for the Wolverines to win.
Kentucky basketball: How concerning is Wildcats’ start? | SI.com
Wednesday brings a National Championship rematch between Villanova and Michigan. What are you expecting or interested to see in that game?
Michigan vs. Villanova: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, watch online, live stream | CBSSports.com
A rematch of the 2018 national championship game is set for Wednesday
Inside the defensive mind of Michigan’s Luke Yaklich | The Athletic
A film session looking at Villanova — from this season and the national title game loss — offers an intimate peek inside the mind of Michigan's defensive specialist. Thanks to Latinitas for pointing this one out!
Profiling top players from each class in college basketball after Week 1 | Yardbarker.com
Saddiq Bey has been impressive in his first week of the college season.
AdvoCare Invitational Preview | The Villanovan
We’re going to Disney World!
Duke Jumps While Kentucky and Villanova Plummet in Latest NCAA Champion Odds | Fanduel
Updated NCAA Championship odds are out with Duke rising while Villanova and Kentucky are trending downward.