Al three major AAU circuits return to the court this weekend, with the Nike and Under Armour groups descending upon Kentucky while Adidas heads to Indianapolis. The Villanova Wildcats staff spent the first recruiting weekend in Hampton, Virginia watching the Nike circuit, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them split up to cover more ground this weekend.
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With Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville all located within a few hours of each other by car, it should make it very easy for the staff to jump around to multiple events. Keep an eye on who the staff is watching this weekend - with Eric Paschall's commitment to Villanova there is likely an adjustment in the recruiting strategy coming.
Here's a quick breakdown on the schedule for Villanova's top targets this weekend. Use this as your open thread for any and all recruiting or prospect talk.
Omari Spellman (Nike EYBL - PSA Cardinals)
Wright and his staff showed supporting by watching Spellman multiple times in Hampton - expect the same this weekend.
- Friday, 9:30pm ET vs. King James (OH)
- Saturday, 12:30pm ET vs. Houston Hoops (TX)
- Saturday, 6:30pm ET vs. California Supreme (CA)
- Sunday, 11:00am ET vs. Las Vegas Prospects (NV)
Lamar Stevens, Lonnie Walker & Dylan Painter (Nike EYBL - Team Final)
Stevens was a breakout performer in Hampton and has collected several new offers since. Stevens recently visited Vilanova, but how Eric Paschall's commitment affects his recruitment remains to be seen. Walker is a top priority for Villanova in 2017 - he played mostly a background role in Team Final's opening set of games. Painter is an emerging post player who will visit Villanova next month.
- Friday, 9:30pm ET vs. Howard Pulley (MN)
- Saturday, 12:30pm ET vs. Playaz Basketball Club (NJ)
- Saturday, 8:00pm ET vs. All Ohio Red (OH)
- Sunday, 9:30am ET vs. Expressions Elite (MA)
Jordan Tucker (Nike EYBL - NY Lightning)
Tucker has held a 'Nova offer for quite some time, and Wright was seen scouting him in Hampton last weekend.
- Saturday, 9:30am ET vs. Las Vegas Prospects (NV)
- Saturday, 5:00pm ET vs. BABC (MA)
- Sunday, 9:30am ET vs. Playground Elite (WI)
- Sunday 12:30pm ET vs. Spiece Indy Heat (IN)
Jermaine Samuels & Nick Richards (Nike EYBL - Expressions Elite)
Samuels received a Villanova offer following his performance in Hampton, and he's also the teammate of 2017 forward Nick Richards, who visited for Hoops Mania in the fall.
- Saturday, 9:30am ET vs. Northwest Xpress (CA)
- Sunday, 9:30am ET vs. Team Final (PA)
- Sunday, 12:30pm ET vs. Jackson Tigers (MS)
D.J. Harvey (Nike EYBL - Team Takeover)
Harvey holds the latest offer from Jay Wright, having picked it up this week. He's a part of a loaded Takeover program that has sent Josh Hart and Phil Booth to Villanova in recent years.
- Friday, 8:00pm ET vs. Pro Skills (TX)
- Saturday, 11:00am ET vs. Team Texas Elite (TX)
- Saturday, 8:00pm ET vs. Elfrid Payton Elite (LA)
- Sunday, 2:00pm ET vs. Athletes First (OK)
Rawle Alkins (Adidas Uprising - NY Rens)
Alkins led the first Adidas event in scoring with 29.3 points per game and is one of the hottest prospects in the country. Per Adam Zagoria, expect at least one staffer to keep an eye Rawle Alkins in Indianapolis.
- Saturday, 8:00am ET vs. Team Loaded (VA)
- Other games TBD (double-elimination format)
Quade Green & Trevon Duval (UAA - WE-R-1)
Both Green and Duval got great reviews as a backcourt tandem during the first UAA weekend. Duval holds an offer, while there are conflicting reports as to whether Quade Green holds a Villanova offer.
- Friday, 8:20pm ET vs. Team Superstar (CA)
- Saturday, 9:15am ET vs. B'More's Finest (MD)
- Saturday, 6:20pm ET vs. SYF Players (IN)
- Sunday, 2:30pm ET vs. Team Felton (NC)