Happy Monday Nova Nation! While we still have to wait on a decision by Reid Travis to set Villanova’s 2018-19 roster, the class of 2018 seems to finally be complete. Saddiq Bey committed to Villanova on Friday, joining Jahvon Quinerly, Cole Swider, and Brandon Slater as the true freshman who will join the Wildcats this season.
It’s an elite class to be sure, and according to 247sports.com this group is the 9th best in the country. Jay Wright has had Top 10 classes before, but with mixed results. The first was in his inaugural year at Nova, bringing in probably his most talented class of Foye, Ray, Fraser, and Sumpter. That class started slow, and when they finally reached their potential they were plagued by injuries. Then there was the 4th ranked class of 2009, comprised of Wayns, Cheek, Yarou, and Armwood. While the class had three 5-Star players, they never seemed to buy in to Wright’s system, resulting in the only losing season in Jay Wright’s time at Villanova.
This class is different. Sure, they have a high level of talent, but it’s more than that. The reason they’re different is Jay Wright. With the 2002 class, he was still developing his system, largely by adapting to injuries. In 2009, Wright has openly admitted that he just went after high prospects without really explaining to them what he’d expect.
But this class has been watching Villanova win at the highest level for the past five seasons, including two National Championships. Wright’s system has been proven to work for Top 100 players that buy in, and now he’s getting a group of Top 50 guys. It’s the first time we’re going to get to see Wright’s fully developed system bought into by an entire class of elite players. The result should be that Villanova’s “rebuilding” year turns out to be the kind of season other teams pray for.
In other “news”, Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo need to visit Jay’s tailor, Bridges is awesome, and more from the recruiting trail. Enjoy!
Villanova basketball lands forward Saddiq Bey, former N.C. State recruit | Philly.com
Saddiq Bey, who attended the same Washington, D.C. high school as former Villanova star Josh Hart, committed Friday to Villanova after previously de-committing from North Carolina State.
Non-collegiate players unlikely to be in NBA draft green room this year | ESPN
The NBA draft green room possibly will not host a non-collegiate player this year, league sources told ESPN's Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski. Villanova's Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo will be in the green room.
VIDEO: Bridges learned value of patience at Villanova | ESPN
Mikal Bridges explains how earning playing time at Villanova helped mold him and how he keeps his game efficient.
What I liked: Krysten Peek from U17 USA Basketball Training Camp | Rivals
Villanova recruits Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Green, along with commit Eric Dixon, showed off their skills for USA Basketball