Happy Monday Nova Nation! I’m going to kick off the week by saying something that we don’t often hear on this site. In fact, I can barely even write it, but it needs to be said.
ESPN is 100% right in their latest assessment of Villanova’s recruiting.
Yuck, that even felt wrong. But credit where credit’s due, Jeff Borzello got it 100% correct in his latest article. For those of you who aren’t ESPN+ members, let me summarize.
The article in full is about the recruiting needs for all preseason Top 25 teams, and for Villanova he says they really only NEED the best player available... maybe. The Wildcats don’t have any seniors, and they aren’t desperate at any position. The best thing they can do recruiting wise is reach out to recruits who are perfect fits, and if any of them land on the Main Line it’s all upside for the Wildcats.
Basically... yes. That said, reality is often more complicated than what a quick blurb can summarize. While the Wildcats have no seniors, I’ll be shocked if there isn’t some turnover before the start of 2020-21. First off, Villanova has two potential draft picks in freshmen Bryan Antoine and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Obviously nothing’s guaranteed, but right now it would take an unexpected turn with injury or development for their pure talent to get passed on by the pros.
On top of that, Villanova is a little thin at the guard position. That means they’re pretty stacked at the wing and forward positions. On past Jay Wright teams, that kind of depth has led to transfers. And no, not the kind where a player thinks they’re better than the team. This could easily be a situation where there are just too many mouths to feed and not enough minutes to go around. Again, it’s nearly impossible to predict this unless you live in the Villanova locker room. And even then it’s not a sure thing.
So no, Villanova doesn’t need a recruit in the Class of 2020. But finding the right recruit in the class, or the right recruit to reclassify into 2020 (see Devin Askew), could be key for a title run in 2021.
In other “news”, a look back at what could have been Big East Football, Villanova football is just over a month from kick-off, and what if college basketball had free agency? Enjoy!
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NBA Summer League
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Pennsylvania Recruiting Notebook: Coatesville’s Bryant, Ortega staying home, keep an eye on Carter | pennlive.com
Coatesville High fans will be happy to know that two of their best — rising seniors, quarterback Ricky Ortega and receiver Dapree Bryant — plan on suiting up for Villanova.
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Imagine a world in which KU big man Udoka Azubuike left for North Carolina, Devon Dotson jumped ship to Texas and Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston wound up at Villanova for his senior season.