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Kassoum Yakwe might reclassify to 2015; Will Villanova stay involved?

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The Wildcats were recently identified as one of five schools working the hardest.

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Kassoum Yakwe is a 6'7" forward who attends Our Savior New American (NY) and plays for the PSA Cardinals on the AAU circuit. A few weeks ago, a source cited to Adam Zagoria that Villanova was among the schools working hardest for Yakwe, who up until now has been viewed as a member of the 2016 class.

Now, Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune is reporting that Yakwe is 50-50 on reclassifying to the 2015 class or attending prep school next year. Via the AT, here's Yakwe on the matter:

"I have all my courses done in school. It's good for me to go to college or go to prep school to work on my game. I can go to college and redshirt and make sure I’m going to play or go to prep school. Me and my guardian are making the decision. I'm not going back to high school."

Hines goes on to point out that reclassifying to 2015 might eliminate Iowa State Cyclones in Yakwe's recruitment (they're also a frontrunner for his teammate Cheick Diallo). Because graduate assistant Tim Mannix previously coached Yakwe for Team SCAN (now the PSA Cardinals), Iowa State could not recruit him as part of the 2015 class due to an NCAA regulation that states that staff members below the rank of assistant coach cannot recruit players they coached for two years.

(By the way, I had no idea that rule existed.)

With Omari Spellman on board, Yakwe was down the pecking order already in 2016 for Villanova with an elite guard/wing the number one priority. A reclassification might end Villanova's involvement for good seeing as Jay Wright and his staff seem content with Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Tim Delaney in 2015.