The second of three live periods in July finished up on Sunday night, and once again the Villanova Wildcats basketball staff was racking up the miles making themselves seen courtside in front of their priority targets. Here are the events that the Villanova staff attended last week:
Under Armour Association Finals (Atlanta, GA)
Jay Wright started off his week down south for the UAA Finals, where several 2017 and 2018 Villanova targets were playing. The loaded 17U WE-R-1 team featuring 2017 prospects Trevon Duval, Quade Green and Kodye Pugh was in action. Duval and Green both hold 'Nova offers, and it was Duval who stole the show with a 24 point performance (and game winning bucket) over Josh Jackson's 1 Nation squad. That's got some calling Duval the best point guard in the country, regardless of class. Pugh has added offers from Florida, Miami (FL), Auburn, Clemson and Penn State this month.
The 15U SportsU team, featuring 2018 prospects Jahvon Quinerly and Nazreon Reid (both hold Villanova offers) took home the title in their age bracket. Quinerly got some love from those in attendance, while Reid played well too (he would probably benefit from playing a year up).
Adidas Uprising All-American Camp (New York, NY)
On Friday, Jay Wright trekked north to New York City for the Adidas camp. The big target there for Wright was Wenyen Gabriel, who picked up an offer at the back end of the weekend. Gabriel looks like a special talent who is just scratching the surface of his potential, and as a good student, is being coveted by schools like Virginia, Notre Dame, Boston College, Maryland, and as of the last few days, Duke. As a relatively late entrant in to his recruitment, it will be interesting to see if Wright can grab a foothold for the 6'9" wing.
Nike Global Challenge (Chicago, IL)
At least one Villanova assistant made the trip to the Windy City for Nike's round-robin event. 2017 targets Lonnie Walker, D.J. Harvey and Nick Richards all played together on the USA East team. Walker got some praise for his play as the East finished in fourth place at the event. Duke recently offered D.J. Harvey, prompting the wing to name Duke in his Top 2 (the other supposedly being Arizona). It's going to be an uphill fight for Jay Wright if he's going to stay in the hunt for the Team Takeover star.
PSA/City Rocks Combine & BasketBull National Invitational (Springfield, MA)
Jay Wright sent an assistant up to Massachusetts to take in a hyped game between Kevin Huerter and Albany City Rocks vs. Wenyen Gabriel and his Mass Rivals program. Huerter is still planning on taking a visit to Villanova after the live periods end and is targeting a fall decision.
In addition to Huerter and Gabriel, Mohammed Bamba was in the Sunday combine event as well.
Summer Takeover (District Heights, MD)
Team Takeover's hosted event followed the Lawson/Oladipo All-American camp, which Lamar Stevens and Dylan Painter both participated in. Jay Wright was in the building on Saturday to watch the action, but still no offer for Dylan Painter yet. Stevens has some sort of a to 5, but is also insisting he is still open in his recruitment. He'll begin to take some official visits in the coming months.
The final July live period starts this Wednesday at 5pm ET and runs through Sunday at 5pm ET. Expect Jay Wright to head out to Las Vegas where three major events (Fab 48, The 8 & adidas Summer Championships) will take place. Back on the east coast, WE-R-1's Battle of the Borders and Live in AC should attract some of the assistant staffers as well.