Villanova has entered the recruiting scene early for 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man Nnanna Njoku (2021/Hockessin, Del./Sanford School), reaching out with a scholarship offer on Tuesday afternoon.
Don’t let Njoku’s lack of stars or rankings on recruiting services and various scouting websites deter you, it’s only a matter of time before others start noticing the big, bruising center. The rising junior is regarded as one of the best frontcourt players in his class, and his recruitment is steadily on the rise.
Before Villanova reached out, he fielded offers from Marquette, Providence, La Salle, Miami, Temple, Wichita State, Virginia Tech, Miami, Bryant, Rutgers, and N.C. State.
Njoku is a vicious player in the post. His bulky frame gives him the leverage he needs to establish positioning and bully his opponents down low. He often looks to finish strong, doing so with a firm slam dunk. He is an excellent rebounder and has solid instincts when it comes to cleaning the glass.
He’s been playing varsity basketball since his freshman year, and he’s been one of Sanford’s top contributors. He was one of four players to average at least double-digit scoring this past season.
As a sophomore, he averaged 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks. He shot over 60 percent on the floor.
Njoku is Villanova’s sixth class of 2021 offer. Villanova is also in the picture for five-star prospects Adrian (A.J.) Griffin Jr. (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac), Max Christie (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows), Devin Askew (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), and Trey Patterson (Somerset, N.J./Rutgers Prep), as well as four-star guard Trevor Keels (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI Catholic).