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With Cole Anthony 99.999% sure to sign somewhere else, should Villanova look elsewhere to augment the roster?

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! This morning Cole Anthony will announce where he’ll be playing point guard next year. While a handful of Villanova fans are holding out hope that he could surprise everyone and choose the Wildcats, I’d bet heavily in the other direction. Villanova isn’t even the most likely school in the Big East to land him (Georgetown made his Top 4). In fact, if he did pick Villanova I’d be worried more concerned about if Villanova paid him to come than happy he was on his way. But I digress.

For me the conversation has shifted from WILL Villanova add another player this offseason to SHOULD they? There are certainly pros and cons to both arguments, and this morning I figured we’d take a look at both sides of the argument. For starters, Villanova does have two open scholarships so adding more depth is a possibility. I’m a positive guy, so let’s start with the pro side of the argument.

If Villanova were to add another player for next season, it would have to be in the backcourt. Not only are things already getting crowded up front, but for the first time ever at Villanova Jay Wright is without a true point guard. Bringing in someone who could start at the point or be a veteran backup to Collin Gillespie are both options that add much needed depth to the position. There also isn’t a clear cut option for a red shirt next season. If everyone on the current roster is expecting playing time, it may not hurt to bring someone in for the future with the intention of sitting out 2020. That gives the player an extra season to learn the system, work in the gym, and adjust to college life before having to take the court.

On the con side, a sixth new team member could be a big issue for this coaching staff. That would mean half the roster is trying to pick up Villanova’s system, and only a third of the team would have significant playing time from last year. We saw the struggles with five new players last season, and that was with two fifth year seniors to help guide them. As far as the future goes, Villanova has a number of targets in the Class of 2020, but only two open scholarships. Considering that there are no seniors on the team heading into next year, the only way another scholarship would open up would be through transfer or a player leaving early for the NBA. While that’s not out of the question, especially with the talent next year’s team will have, it’s far from a guarantee. With most of the elite prospects off Nova’s radar in 2019, it may be best to focus on bringing in two more great fits for the 2021 season.

So I leave it to you Nova Nation (man I pass the buck to you guys a lot), should Villanova take another player before the 2020 season?

Poll

Should Villanova add another player to the roster this off-season?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Yes, a grad transfer who will only play this year
    (221 votes)
  • 2%
    Yes, a transfer that will sit out this season
    (21 votes)
  • 3%
    Yes, a 2019 recruit that will redshirt this season
    (31 votes)
  • 6%
    Yes, a 2019 recruit that will play this season
    (49 votes)
  • 59%
    No, focus on the class of 2020
    (464 votes)
786 votes total Vote Now

In other “news”, Brandon Hitner is getting some late round buzz in the NFL Draft, Kyle Lowry’s Raptors look to advance to the next round of the playoffs tonight, and Villanova should be back on top of the Big 5 next season. Enjoy!

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