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Villanova’s Recruiting Is Heating Up

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The 2019 Class could start to take form as soon as today.

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! It’s recruiting (cruitin’? crootin’? the debate rages on) season, and Villanova is in the thick of it. If winning a National Championship gives you a bump, then winning two in three seasons should provide one hell of a lift.

That could start as early as today when Eric Dixon declares where he’ll be playing in 2019. He, along with fellow class of 2019 candidates Isaiah Stewart, Scottie Lewis, and Bryan Antoine, are the focus of the first three articles you’ll find in the links today.

I admittedly fall into the category of being clueless when it comes to recruiting. I’ve found that usually when our own Chris Lane says to pay attention to someone, that’s generally a good idea. But for the most part, I tend to stick with the philosophy of “Trust in Jay.” It’s worked out pretty well so far.

In other “news”, Villanova still owns the Big 5, Duke and Kentucky do not own the Big 5, and Jay Wright’s newest fan talks about faith and universities. Enjoy!

Four-star Eric Dixon closing in on decision, focused on two | 247 Sports
It’s decision day eve for 2019 Abington (Pa.) power forward Eric Dixon.

Five-Star Isaiah Stewart breaks down recent Villanova visit and more | Prep Circuit
“The campus is great and it fits me because it’s a normal campus with nothing too crazy,” he said. “It’s definitely somewhere I can see myself at. It’s a great program with how they develop their guys especially Omari Spellman. They want to do the same type of thing with me. I have a really good relationship with the coaches and I’m building a good relationship with Jay Wright.”

The Kingmaker | An NJ.com Investigation
One parent. Two teams. Both are suddenly basketball superpowers. He says the stars aligned. Did they?

Villanova dominates Big Five awards - Philly
Villanova's Jalen Brunson and Temple's Tanaya Atkinson are Big Five players of the year.

Duke, Kentucky and the limits of one-and-done rosters | ESPN
The Blue Devils and Wildcats have relied heavily on talented freshmen, but there's reason to think a little more experience on the roster might pay additional dividends in the tournament.

Catholic universities must prepare students for dialogue | Catholic Register
Catholic universities must prepare students for dialogue, Pope says to Villanova administrators.