When Ryan Arcidiacono found Kris Jenkins for the game winning the three against North Carolina it sent the city of Philadelphia into a state of ecstasy, and though he might not have showed it at the time, made Jay Wright the happiest man on the planet.
It is obvious that Wright, Villanova Wildcats fans, support staff, and quite honestly anybody associated with the university was thrilled because it meant a national title, but it also looks like it means more.
Ever since winning the national title the Wildcats seem to have a new, even higher level of cache, on the recruiting trail. That isn’t to say Villanova struggled in any way to recruit recently. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. Wright and his staff have done a tremendous job on the recruiting trail in recent years, but now more and more prospects seem to be thinking highly of the Wildcats.
This isn’t to say that Villanova has its choice of whoever it wants, no team is able to have that, but it does mean the recruiting profile has been raised for the Wildcats coming off of the national title.
Of course Villanova got off to a good start in the 2017 class with Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. Cosby-Roundtree is a quality four-star center/power forward who will rebound, block shots, defend ball screens, and overall remind a lot of Wildcat fans of Daniel Ochefu.
It is likely that Cosby-Roundtree was headed to Villanova whether the Wildcats won the National Title or lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but with other kids in this class the title has meant something.
It seemed like almost instantly after winning the title that you began hearing more and more buzz that the Wildcats could be primed for a huge 2017 class.
A big piece of that is local product Lonnie Walker. While Villanova was always doing well with Walker, now it seems like they have a ton of momentum with the five-star prospect.
In fact almost every time you talk to a kid about the Wildcats they basically with a smile just say “they’re the national champs”.
While Jay Wright and his staff will probably never have any desire to go the route that John Calipari or Mike Krzyzewski go with a team full of one and done prospects, the reality is the national title seems to be helping on the recruiting trail, and Villanova could be primed to land one of the better classes in program history.