On Friday afternoon, Top 100 forward Hameir Wright announced that he will be taking a post-grad year after he graduates high school. This also means he'll be reclassifying to the 2018 class for recruiting purposes.
ESPN 100 forward Hameir Wright tells ESPN he will take a post-grad year after next season and plans to reclassify into the 2018 class.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 15, 2016
While the move comes somewhat as a surprise, Wright is young for his grade and has spoken publicly about how a redshirt has been talked about with several coaches. With an additional year to hone his skills and add strength, Wright could improve his stock.
This is signifcant for Villanova as Wright has spoken positively about the Wildcats for months. While you would still expect 'Nova to recruit him in the 2018 class, it now means Jay Wright must turn elsewhere to find some help for the current class.
So that's another name off the board for 2017. We know a ball-handling guard is a priority with Lonnie Walker the ultimate target, but Wright represented one of the best chances for 'Nova to bring in an additional player, even if he had some further development ahead of him.
With so many offers to prospects on the wing, it's clearly going to be a first-to-commit situation. Jordan Tucker is scheduled to visit in late August, and that's the only scheduled visit at this time. The Villanova staff watched Jermaine Samuels yesterday, and will probably look to get him on campus soon as well. Whether they can make any traction with the elite players like Kevin Knox or Brian Bowen remains to be seen.