First State Star Stays Home ... Sort Of

The state player of the year in the First State is off the board. Will Sheridan, Sanford's 6-8 power forward is headed to the Big East.

Villanova Lands First State's Best Player

Every now and then, the state of Delaware supplies college basketball with a nice player. UNLV had Dexter Boney, Xavier had Erik Edwards, Lenny Brown and Gary Lumpkin. Villanova had Wilmington High standout Jermaine Medley, Duke had Carmen Wallace and now Virginia has Devin Smith. Add Will Sheridan's name to the list of top players from the First State in the last decade.

On Monday evening, the 6-8 Sheridan committed to Villanova, joining point guard Michael Nardi in Jay Wright's recruiting class.

"When I look it, all I'd be seeing is what they want me to see," Sheridan said of the thought of taking official visits. "I just feel Villanova is the right school already. I have that gut feeling and the situation is there.

"They have a very dominant five (Jason Fraser) and a very dominant three (Curtis Sumpter). They have all guards, a three and a five. That works well for me. I'll be able to play against great competition and still get a great education at the same time."

Sheridan, a second-team all-state player as a sophomore and the player of the year last season, averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds. He was being heavily recruited by Wake Forest, Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Seton Hall. He knew scholarships were becoming scarce and he wanted to make sure he had his first choice.

"All of the sudden I just thought that this is the right thing for me," Sheridan said. "I didn't want someone to come along and commit and I not get my spot."

Sheridan, a Top 50, has strung together a fine spring and summer. Always a good fundamental post scorer, Sheridan's added something different this summer: athleticism. He's been working on a program that emphasizes strength training in the lower half of his body. So far, the results are very noticeable. He's getting off the ground better and from a leaping perspective he looks much more mobile.

Look for Villanova to continue its pursuit of another big man. Terrence Roberts, Darryl Watkins and Shagari Alleyne are some distinct possibilities.

Sheridan will be on Villanova's campus for an unofficial visit on Tuesday.

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