National Signing Week is upon us, and it is time to take stock of the country. Here is a look at what went right, what went wrong, and what is still left to do for teams. This edition focuses on the Villanova Wildcats.
What went right?
The Wildcats were hoping that winning the national title would lead to a wave of success on the recruiting trail. Villanova didn’t quite get a huge bump from the national title, but they do have a very solid two man class.
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree was the first player to commit and he is a solid four-star prospect. Cosby-Roundtree is a high level rebounder with great length and a tremendous motor. His offensive game is also coming along, and he should be a good four year contributor on the post for Villanova.
Also the Wildcats were able to reel in Jermaine Samuels. The New England native is a classic Jay Wright player. Samuels is a tremendous athlete who plays as hard as any player in the country. He rebounds well for a wing, can defend numerous positions, and is beginning to get more skilled.
Wright and his staff added two very nice pieces who project as four year contributors, both of which could be in the rotation from day one.
What went wrong?
Quite honestly Villanova was hoping for a bit more. They made a strong run for four-star Darryl Morsell, but came up short. Also they recruited kids such as Kevin Knox, but were never able to get significant traction.
Villanova also missed out on another guard in Eli Brooks who they offered late, but he made his way to Michigan instead of picking the Wildcats.
Coming off of the national title, Nova was hoping for a bit more of a bump where they would get more involved with players in their breadbasket as well as even nationally.
While there is no doubt Wright and his staff don’t want to change the philosophy that got them to the national title, they also wanted a bit more from this class than they currently have gotten.
What is left to do?
All is definitely not lost for Villanova. They still are on the hook with five-star wing Lonnie Walker. At one point in time during the process Villanova looked like the leader for Walker, but schools such as Arizona, Syracuse, and Kentucky have made things very difficult on the Wildcats.
Along with Walker, Villanova is also involved to some extent with Quade Green who plans to announce in a week, but that isn’t trending toward the Wildcats. Also Villanova could make a spring run at elite point guard Trevon Duval, but nothing is set there.
Overall the Wildcats would like to add one more player to this class and add to their impressive roster.