Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! This past week was a big one for college basketball recruiting, as coaching staffs had their first small window to go and visit players off-campus. One of Villanova’s trips included 2020 Small Forward Johnny Juzang out in California. Assistant Coach George Halcovage made the trip out to give Villanova’s pitch on how Juzang would fit into Villanova’s culture on and off the court.
Villanova in to see Johnny Juzang pic.twitter.com/Tn6N5CqvAe— Compton Magic (@Compton_Magic) April 23, 2019
Of course Villanova wasn’t the only school to visit Juzang, in fact they weren’t the only Wildcats. John Calipari and his staff from Kentucky were also out in to see the small forward, and it appears their pitch wasn’t just about how he would fit in at Kentucky, but when. In the article below, it sounds like Juzang is now considering reclassifying to become a 2019 recruit.
Johnny Juzang is a 5-star recruit, so obviously he’s a player the Wildcats would love to bring in. But as far as roster construction goes, the wing position is already pretty well represented. Even if consider Jermaine Samuels to be a forward instead of a wing player, Juzang would still be competing with the entire 2018 class of Saddiq Bey, Cole Swider, and Brandon Slater. And if Juzang did reclass to 2019, that would mean the Wildcats are bringing in six scholarship freshmen next season, the largest class Jay Wright has ever had.
Kentucky on the other hand has a need at the wing, and the opportunity for Juzang to fill that need next season. Considering that Kentucky is already the leader per 247’s crystal ball, Juzang’s twitter post yesterday isn’t promising for Villanova fans.
Big announcement tomorrow @ 4:30pm PST !— Johnny Juzang (@JohnnyJuzang) April 23, 2019
This may not necesarily be an announcement of where Juzang plans to play, but it will likely at least be a declaration of whether or not he reclasses to 2019. If that happens, I’d put Villanova’s chances of landing the recruit at next to none. But if he stays in 2020 and maybe announces that he’s going to visit campus, then yes, I’m saying there’s a chance. Stay tuned tonight at 7:30 PM EST for more.
In other “news”, Eric Dixon continues to look great in his final high school game, Kyle Lowry’s Raptors have advanced to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs, and Tim Thomas has the best stories. Enjoy!
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