No. 3 Lead Guard In '12 Makes Decision

The first highly regarded point guard in the 2012 class is off the board. Ryan Arcidiacono will lace them up in the Big East.

Ryan Arcidiacono is headed to Villanova.

A 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard, Arcidiacono gave Jay Wright and his program a verbal commitment on Monday, just a few days after visiting Villanova for their midnight madness festivities.

"It was just an amazing fit for me," Arcidiacono told "I just saw the light once I went there. My parents went there and I'm a Villanova Wildcat and a Villanova guard."

While his parents attended ‘Nova and he's located just 30 minutes from their campus, the Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy standout nearly picked a school much further away.

In fact, when Arcidiacono left Florida two weeks ago, he thought there was a good chance that was where he was headed.

"I definitely did," he said of Flrida. "I thought the place was amazing. It was a great place. I liked it a lot. But I had to keep an open mind and when I went to Villanova's midnight madness I was just like ‘how can I pass up something like this so close to home?'

"I visited Florida and I loved it. I had a great time down there. They were great. It was too far for me. I thought ‘Nova was a better fit. The coaches and the players at Villanova were amazing. They treated me like family."

The four-star prospect and No. 3 shooting guard in the 2012 class said his parents left the decision up to him, but he knew they wanted him closer to home.

"Deep down they did," he said. "But if I chose Florida they would have supported me 100-percent. They aren't the type of people to tell me to do anything. It was my decision 100-percent. I just fell in love with Villanova."

Arcidiacono, who plays with the PA Playaz during summer ball, averaged 17 points, five assists and five rebounds as a sophomore in high school.

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