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Villanova Basketball’s Recruiting Will Be Tested

It’s the first full off-season for this coaching staff on the recruiting trail, and they need to come away successful.

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! I’m going to ask up front that we try to keep this a spoiler-free zone, and steer the chat away from any major TV or movie spoilers from the weekend. That said, the internet is gonna internet, so be warned if you’re trying to avoid that kind of talk today. Now, back to basketball.

The vast majority of our efforts on this site focus on either Jay Wright or the Villanova Basketball players, but today we’re going to focus on the rest of the coaching staff. Specifically the recruiting aspect. Baker Dunleavy and Ashley Howard were two major factors in the construction of the teams that went on to win National Championships for the Wildcats. While Dunleavy was finishing his first year at Quinnipiac and Howard was already out the door this time last year, this is still the first full off-season without those two recruiting for Villanova. Those responsibilities now fall on the shoulders of Kyle Neptune, George Halcovage, Mike Nardi, and Dwayne Anderson.

It’s not to say this group isn’t experienced when it comes to recruiting, they’ve all been in coaching for years now. Neptune and Halcovage both started with the program in the 2008-09 season. That’s just two years after Nardi graduated, and Anderson’s senior season. As far as being an assistant coach at Villanova goes, Neptune has six seasons, Halcovage has two, and Nardi just finished his first. Dwayne Anderson is the Director of Basketball Operations, but was an assistant coach at Penn State for five seasons before joining Nova’s staff a year ago.

The current “Live” period lasts until this Thursday, when coaches are able to contact and visit with players any time, any where. But that will end on Friday, and as we’ll enter into a “quiet period” for recruiting until mid-June. I’ll leave all the details on the recruiting side to guys that know much more about it like our own Chris Lane or Eugene Rapay, but let’s focus on what Villanova needs to see in terms of results.

The Wildcats need to land their point guard of the future in the Class of 2020. Assuming Villanova doesn’t bring anyone else in as a transfer this offseason, that means they’ll have another scholarship available as well if they can land a second highly ranked recruit.

The point guard the Wildcats have focused in on is a 5-Star prospect from Virginia, Jeremy Roach. Roach suffered a torn ACL this past November, but is recovering and should be back in form for his senior year. Villanova and Kentucky are the early favorites, but Duke and UNC are still involved.

The other player to keep a close eye on is 4-Star wing from New Jersey, Jabri Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim was thought to be a strong lean to Georgia given his family ties to their coaching staff. But with his uncle leaving the Bulldogs this off-season, the recruitment seems to have opened up and Villanova just offered him a scholarship this weekend.

We’ll have more on these recruiting stories as the summer goes on, but landing these two players would be a huge get for the program and this coaching staff. But as always, I leave these calls to you Nova Nation:


Who will Villanova land in the Class of 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Jeremy Roach
    (214 votes)
  • 15%
    Jabri Abdur-Rahim
    (107 votes)
  • 34%
    (236 votes)
  • 18%
    (124 votes)
681 votes total Vote Now

In other news, it was another great Penn Relays for Villanova, Kyle Lowry keeps Kyle Lowry-ing, and more on the gripping storyline involving the university’s stadium lighting and Radnor Township. Enjoy!


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