Spellman is huge for Villanova
Right now the Villanova Wildcats and Jay Wright have it rolling on the court and on the recruiting trail. On the court they are one of the top 10 teams in the country and are in position for a potential top seed in the NCAA Tournament. On the recruiting trail they landed their top 2015 target in Jalen Brunson and did it again in 2016 with Omari Spellman. Traditionally Villanova doesn’t like coming close to the 13 scholarship limit, instead Wright feels it is best to load up on quality with every player feeling that he has a chance to come in and find a role on the team immediately. With that in mind, he focuses on a smaller number of kids and that has paid off in a big way with Spellman. Following next season Villanova will lose starting center Daniel Ochefu, and Spellman might be able to come in right away and replace him. While Ochefu is a shot blocker and rebounder, Spellman is a far more gifted offensive player and someone who can absolutely physically dominate on the low block. This is huge because the basis of what Villanova has done the last few years is surrounding a good post scorer with guys who can shoot and create problems on the defensive end. This year the Wildcats do it a lot when they go small with Jayvaughn Pinkston at the center position and playing Kris Jenkins at the power forward. Now Villanova will be able to have a senior in Jenkins, who is an excellent shooter, as well as veterans Josh Hart, Phil Booth, and Jalen Brunson surrounding Spellman who is one of the best low post scorers in the class. Also what makes this so important, is Villanova had to get a guy who was physically ready right away, and that is exactly what Spellman is. At around 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds, Spellman could compete from a physical perspective in college basketball right now, and he should be more than ready from day one when he steps on campus. Given that Spellman is so skilled on offense with his ability to score down low or even step out and hit the jumper, this is just enormous for the Wildcats who are looking to continue one of the finest runs in school history. This is the first commitment in the class for Villanova and as the No. 19 player overall, it is obviously a huge one for Wright and his staff.
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