The Villanova Wildcats are hoping to capitalize on their National Championship with a strong showing on the recruiting trail in 2017. Already Villanova has one top 100 commitment, and are involved with numerous other highly rated kids. Here is a look at where the Villanova targets finished in the post summer Scout.com rankings.
Villanova’s lone commitment at this point is Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. Cosby-Roundtree fell slightly in the rankings from No. 64 to No. 70. When outside of the top 50 a fall of six spots relatively speaking is very small. The evaluation on Cosby-Roundtree really hasn’t changed at all.
He is a slightly undersized, but long center who will rebound, block shots, and run the floor while providing opportunistic offense, especially early in his college career. If he was a little bigger physically he could project in the top 50, but without that natural size he was limited in his rankings ceiling.
The top priority for Villanova for a while has been Lonnie Walker, and not much changed there. Walker made a modest one spot jump from No. 24 to No. 23, and remained a five-star prospect. He remains an elite scorer who is a good athlete and versatile on both ends of the floor.
Visiting Villanova currently is another top priority in Jermaine Samuels. Samuels made a solid jump in the rankings moving from No. 60 overall to No. 43.
Samuels was one of the best players throughout July. He showed an elite motor, and improved shooting ability, and a better ability to get to the rim, which led to the sizable jump.
Another top target who made an enormous jump was Darryl Morsell. Morsell hadn’t been evaluated by Scout.com coming into July and wasn’t in the top 100, but that changed in a big way. Now Morsell finds himself as the No. 60 prospect in the class.
Morsell moved into the rankings because of a combination of size, athleticism, and a dynamic first step. A lack of a consistent outside shot kept him out the top 50, but he brings so much else to the table that he became one of the biggest risers in the class.
Also of note Justin Smith fell from No. 79 to No. 91. Smith is a high level athlete, but still lacks a defined skill set. While his evaluation remained largely the same, a few others passed Smith bumping him down some spots.
Look for Villanova to try and add at least two more perimeter players to this class. They look in position to have an excellent class, and depending on how it shakes down and how many prospects they plan to take, Villanova could find itself with one of the top 10 to 15 classes in the country.