Happy Friday Nova Nation! While some schools are still scrambling to pick up their first commitment for the 2019 class (cough*DUKE*cough), Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats already have three Top 100 prospects ready to take the Main Line by storm. That said, the two time National Champion coach isn’t done hitting the recruiting trail.
Now there’s no guarantee that Wright ends up using the 13th scholarship for next year to bring in another recruit. He rarely has that full a roster, in fact Villanova hasn’t used more than 10 scholarships since 2010. That said, there’s a trio of Top 20 big men that the Wildcats are hoping to add to the roster.
Isaiah Stewart is currently ranked Top 5 in the country and would be a perfect anchor for this Villanova team. A massive presence inside that projects to be a double-double machine, he could be the best front-court player in the entire class. Villanova is in his Final 6, and he’s yet to set official visits.
Matthew Hurt is another Top 10 big man that projects a little more like a stretch forward than a traditional center. He has great passing and shooting skills both inside and out, and would fit perfectly into Villanova’s system. Wright recently had an in home visit with Hurt (along with every other big name school in college basketball), and is generally considered to be getting into the recruitment late. But who knows, I’m sure it’s awfully hard to turn down a two time Champion.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is a little further along in his recruitment and has already been on his official visit to the Main Line. Kansas seems to be the front runner here, with UNC, Arizona, and Notre Dame also in the mix. Villanova still has a shot here, but it’s probably the longest shot of the trio.
So I leave it to you Nova Nation, how will Villanova round out their 2019 recruiting class?
Who else will commit to Villanova in the Class of 2019?
This poll is closed
In other “news”, the Pavilion gets an honorable mention, Bucknell is coming to campus, and the NCAA Tournament is a lot more fun these days. Enjoy!
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