The final live period of the summer had events all over the country - Villanova Wildcats staffers were on both the east and west coasts to scout and evaluate their targets for the last time this summer. Here's what the staff was up to:
Battle of the Borders Showcase
While Jay Wright was on his way out west, George Halcovage was in the gym on Wednesday night for WE-R-1's annual showcase event. Both WE-R-1 and PSA Cardinals sent their 16U and 17U teams to face off against one another, while WE-R-1 17U also took on the DC Blue Devils in the nightcap. Trevon Duval and Mohamed Bamba were the headliners (Duval continues to mention Villanova among those recruiting him hard), but Quade Green, Kodye Pugh and Eric Ayala were also in action.
Live in AC
Per ESPN ($), Villanova was the lone school in attendance to watch Team Final's 16U team on Thursday. That team includes Cameron Reddish, a player that you're all familiar with. But look for Villanova to get involved with a local 2017 power forward as well.
Las Vegas events (Fab 48, adidas Summer Championships, 'The 8')
The main location was almost every high-major coach in the country this weekend was Sin City, and Jay Wright was no exception to the masses. Wenyen Gabriel's stock has been through the roof in July and Wright has been ever-present at his games in an effort to get involved in his recruitment. Wright watched Gabriel twice on Thursday and then again on Friday afternoon. An assistant coach was there twice on Saturday as well. Gabriel picked up offers from Duke, Kentucky and Kansas following the weekend, so this one feels a bit out of Villanova's reach.
Payton Pritchard has reopened his recruitment, and Villanova sat courtside twice on Thursday to watch the Top-50 floor general. It would appear Villanova, a finalist the first time around, is still open to recruiting the Oregon native.
Also on Thursday, Baker Dunleavy watched Team Breakdown. That's Juwan Durham's AAU team - he's still recovring from the ACL injury and didn't play this weekend, but traveled out to Vegas with the team. Hopefully he noticed Dunleavy on the sidelines.
After Wednesday night's showcase, WE-R-1 (Duval, Green, Pugh, Ayala) flew to Vegas to participate in the Fab 48. No surprise to see that Villanova watched their game vs. Thon Maker and Canada Elite on Friday.
Team Final and Team Takeover both took part in 'The 8' this weekend, and Villanova had at least one assistant watching their game against one another on Friday. Lamar Stevens, Lonnie Walker (another industry pick for his Crystal Ball over the weekend BTW), and Dylan Painter all played for Team Final, but D.J. Harvey sat out this weekend's action after a busy month. Speaking of Stevens, he's cut down his list to 8 schools for the time being, and has some official visits planned during the coming weeks.
On Friday Wright took in a matchup between 1 Nation and Philly Pride. Josh Jackson, arguably the #1 player in 2016, was the headliner of the game but Wright was there for DeAndre Hunter, who picked up an offer from the Wildcats on Sunday night. Could Hunter be the answer in 2016? He visited for multiple games last season and is very familiar with the program.
There are a couple events left this summer if you're interested in following prospects. Adidas Nations heads west to Long Beach this weekend, while the Under Armour Elite 24 game will be played in late August. These next few weeks should be interesting to follow though - with high school kicking back up in a month or so, coaches will be trying to get prospects on campus before the end of the summer.