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Villanova Recruiting Evaluations

The Villanova basketball staff has been on the road this week evaluating plenty of 2018 and 2019. VUSports has been watching plenty of the action as well and has updates on a large handful of Wildcat prospects here ...

VUSports player evals and notes on Villanova prospects from a busy week of High School hoops!

Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, South Carolina

Devon Dotson (6-1, Guard, Class of 2018)

One of the 2018 point guards on the Villanova recruiting radar is Devon Dotson of Providence Day School in NC.  He is also being recruited by Tennessee, Wake Forest, Florida, Louisville, Clemson and a host of others.  VUSports caught a couple of his games in this event and certainly found things to like about his game.  Though he isn’t particularly thick in stature, he plays with a ruggedness and toughness to his game that allows him to operate in traffic on either end of the court.  He is a good rebounder for his size and can absorb contact, square up and knock down pull-up, mid-range, jumpers.  

Dotson is also quick and crafty and finds angles to get to the rim and score both in transition and in half-court.  He struggled a little bit with turnovers - some of that comes because of the pace and tenacity with which he approaches the game.  He shot 51% from the floor but failed to make any three-balls over his three games in this event.  He shot his FTs well.  His defense is more about trying to turn the ball-handler in transition and jumping passing lanes in the half-court than it is about him being effective as a lock-down, on-the-ball defender at this stage.  Dotson will need to extend his shooting range beyond the three-point arc to remain an efficient scorer at the next level

Stats:

G1 10-17 FG, 0-1 3PFG, 5-7 FT, 8 Reb, 25 Points, 5 Assists, 5 TOs, 1 Block, 2 Steals, 29 Min

G2 7-20, 0-5 3PFG, 7-9 FT, 9 Reb, 21 Points, 4 Assist, 5 TOs, 3 Steals, 31 Min

G3 15-25 FG, 0-2 3PFG, 4-5 FT, 10 Rebs, 34 Points, 2 Assists, 1 TOs, 1 Steal, 32 Min

Jordan Tucker (6-7, Wing, Class of 2017, Deciding between Villanova & Indiana)

Tucker mixed it up on the glass a bit but needs to improve in A/TO ratio.  He can be so deadly shooting the ball from beyond the arc, he demands attention from defenses at long range.  He was quite productive in this tournament - helping Wheeler roll past the competition.

Stats:

G1 7-9 FG, 4-5 3PFG, 0-2 FT, 3 Reb, 18 Points, 3 Assists, 2 TOs, 1 Block, 2 Steals, 28 Min

G2 3-8 FG, 1-5 3PFG, 7-12 FT, 9 Rebounds, 14 Points, 1 Assist, 3 TOs, 2 Steals, 24 Min

G3 4-9 FG, 2-6 3PFG, 3-4 FT, 5 Rebounds, 13 Points, 4 TOs, 2 Blocks, 24 Min

Elijah Weaver (6-5, Guard, Class of 2018)

Compared to a player like Jahvon Quinerly, Weaver is not quite as effective as a distributor/facilitator, but he can certainly get to the rim and score his own.  He has the strength to score through contact at this level and overpower some opponents with size and athleticism.  In the game caught by VUSports, he was very effective at helping his team to hold the opponent at arms length.  They gained a working lead and each time the opponent would make a bucket to gain some momentum, Weaver would immediately counter-attack.  Weaver could improve as a three-point shooter.  He has plenty of upside given his skill set and physical stature.  Louisville, Villanova, Miami, Florida, and Virginia are among the schools involved with his recruitment.

Stats:

G1 5-11 FG, 4-6 3PFG, 3-4 FT, 4 Rebounds, 17 Points, 2, Assist, 2 TOs, 1 Block, 2 Steals, 29 Min

G2 2-7 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 0-0 FT, 4 Rebs, 5 Points, 3 Turnovers, 2 Steals, 28 Min

G3 4-13, 1-3 3PFG, 3-5 FT, 2 Rebs, 12 Points, 6 Assists, 2 TOs, 4 Steals, 31 Min

Montez Mathis (6-3, Class of 2018)

Put up 20+ PPG against quality comp and demonstrated the ability to get after it on the glass.

Stats:

G1 7-15 FG, 2-5 3PFG, 8-10 FT, 7 Rebs, 24 Points, 1 Assist, 2 Turnovers, 2 Steals, 31 Min

G2 9-17 FG, 1-3 3PFG, 3-3 FT, 13 Reb, 22 Points, 3 Assists, 1 Turnover, 29 Min

G3 9-28 FG, 3-15 3PFG, 4-5 FT, 5 Reb, 25 Points, 1 Steal, 32 Min

City of Palms in Florida

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (6-9, Forward, Class of 2017, Villanova Signee)

Neumann-Goretti had a disappointing showing in the City of Palms due to an injury suffered by McDonald’s AA candidate and Kentucky commitment, Quade Green.  Cosby-Roundtree was asked to step up and bear a larger load and the Senior performed quite well in his increased role.  The Saints lost to IMG Academy (FL) in their opener and lost to Jonesboro (AL) in their second outing before finishing with a 36-44 loss at the hands of Hudson Catholic (NJ).

Cosby-Roundtree continues to improve his offensive repertoire.  Though he still scores the vast majority of his points at the rim or the free-throw line, he is improving his ability to score off the dribble.  He continues to improve as a passer as well.  Cosby-Roundtree’s primary development need right now is in the area of “ball-security” - he gets stripped too frequently on the perimeter or win dribbling at mid-range.

Cosby-Roundtree plays with a very good motor, works hard and consistently puts up good scoring and rebound numbers.  He consistently makes a high percentage of his shots from the floor.

Stats:

G1: 8-12 FGs, 0-1 3PFG, 1-2 FT, 8 Rebs, 17 Points, 5 Turnovers, 3 Blocks, 2 Steals, 32 Min

G2: 7-11 FGs, 2-2 FTs, 15 Rebs, 16 Points, 2 Assists, 1 TO, 2 Blocks, 30 Min

G3: 5-6 FGs, 0-2 FTs, 8 Rebs, 10 Points, 1 Assist, 3 TOs, 1 Block. 31 Min

Cosby-Roundtree earned All-Tournament hardware:

Flo Hoops

Jahvon Quinerly (6-1, Guard, Class of 2018)

His Hudson Catholic squad opened the event with a win over the Maret School (DC), then lost to The Patrick School.  They followed with a win over Collin Sexton’s Pebblebrook (GA) team and a closing win over Neumann-Goretti to take 5th place in their bracket.

Quinerly has been coming on strong early this season.  He has some Quinn Cook in his game - maybe some Marcus Paige - he is a floor leader and a tempo setter.  He generally makes good decisions and can pass well when on the move at high speed.  During City of Palms, he showed he could score at all three levels - he knocked down some threes, hit mid-range pull-up jumpers and floaters and he finished at the rim too.  He is better equipped to finish through contact than he was at this time last year - though he remains a bit frail from a physicality stand-point.  Quinerly showed a nice euro-step move as well.  He needs to improve the consistency of his deep jumper and his defense.  is suitors include Villanova, Syracuse, Cal, UConn, Notre Dame, Virginia, Maryland and Pitt.

Stats:

G1: 5-17 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 5-6 FT, 1 Reb, 16 Points, 3 Assists, 1 Turnover, 32 Min

G2: 9-18 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 4-7 FT, 1 Reb, 23 Points, 2 Assists, 1 TO, 2 Steals, 30 Min

G3: 9-16 FG, 3-6 3PFG, 2-4 FTs, 5 Rebs, 23 Points, 3 Assists, 2 TOs, 3 Steals, 32 Min

G4: 4-10 FG, 1-5 3PFG, 2-2 FT, 2 Rebs, 11 Points, 3 Assists, 2 TOs, 30 Min

Quinerly garners All-Tournament honors:

Flo Hoops

Cameron Reddish (6-6, Guard, Class of 2018)

Reddish opened the tournament with an excellent showing to lead Westtown (PA) over Hillcrest Prep (AZ) in a game that was hyped as a Mo Bamba vs DeAndre Ayton battle and then won the Signature Series Final over Putnam Science (CT).

Reddish plays a lot on-the-ball, as the primary PG/ball-handler.  In this role he is demonstrating an improved ability to create for others off the dribble, good court vision and good passing ability.  He has great size and agility at that position and a handle that can get the job done.  His handle could use some tightening - he, at times, can get a little too fancy.  Reddish can get to the rim with great consistency off the bounce and is a handful to defend against with his size and strength.  When you foul him, you pay for it.  Reddish is an excellent free throw shooter.  He is also a capable three-point shooter but he can be a bit streaky from deep.  In this event, he couldn’t get his long-range J falling well enough to fire-for-effect from beyond the arc.  Duke and Villanova appear to be well-positioned in the race to land Reddish.  Syracuse, Maryland, Arizona, UConn and Auburn are also in the hunt.  Reddish was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Stats:

G1: 6-15 FG, 1-5 3PFG, 8-9 FT, 10 Rebs, 21 Points, 4 Assists, 4 TOs, 2 Steals, 32 Min

G2: 6-13 FG, 1-6 3PFG, 7-8 FT, 7 Rebs, 20 Points, 5 Assists, 3 TOs, 4 Steals, 32 Min

Andrew Nembhard (6-3, Guard, Class of 2019)

Montverde (FL) opened with a win over Jonesboro (AL), followed with a win over IMG Academy, and then won the City of Palms Championship by defeating Memphis East (TN).  

Nembhard is a highly regraded point guard prospect in his class.  He plays the game at a great pace - with poise, control and understanding.  Montverde is loaded with talent and this limits Nembhard’s minutes somewhat.  His great decision-making and instincts allow him to be very efficient during those minutes he does earn.  Good shooter with a nose for the ball in traffic.

Stats:

G1: 3-4 FG, 1-2 3PFG, 3-4 FT, 3 Rebs, 10 Points, 2 Assists, 1 Steal, 17 Min

G2: 2-4 FG, 1-1 3PFG, 5-5 FT, 3 Rebs, 10 Points, 4 Assists, 4 Steals, 21 Min

G3: 4-4 FG, 1-1 FT, 2 Rebs, 9 Points, 23 Min

Suburban 1 League Play in Pennsylvania

Naheem McLeod (6-9, Forward, Class of 2019, Plymouth Whitemarsh (PA))

VUSports caught McLeod in action live on Friday night in a 69-30 Plymouth Whitemarsh shellacking of Upper Dublin.  McLeod made 4-5 FGs and 3-5 FTs on his way to 11 points.  He also grabbed 9 rebounds and blocked 7 shots in 26 minutes of play.  He scored his field goals on three lay-ups and a powerful dunk in transition.  His missed field goal was an attempted left-handed hook shot off a one dribble move to his right from the right block toward the middle of the lane.  In addition to his blocked shot, McLeod alter and deterred several others.  He committed one turnover when he shuffled his feet trying to make a quick move upon receipt of a post feed.

McLeod has good shot-blocking instincts and timing.  He blocks shots in a somewhat stealthy fashion for a player his size - he doesn’t fly through the air nor sneak attack as a help defender so much as he lies in wait in a good position in the lane and times his approach and jump appropriately to make the block.

There were times when McLeod worked himself into no-man’s land defensively, being a bit too aggressive with his help defense and ending up halfway between two defenders - but generally he did a great job of fronting the post and he shut down the lane for the opposition.

As far as areas for improvement: he is a bit raw on the offensive end, at times he appeared to have questionable hands, his team created so many turnovers and run-outs with perimeter pressure that he was selective in choosing when to race down to the offense end, and he did not show much in the way of explosive athleticism - he wasn’t always quick on his first step or jump and his lateral quickness / ability to guard on the perimeter remain a question mark.

McLeod has attended Villanova games this year and the Cats are monitoring his progress - he has loads of upside as he works to put his game together into a complete package.

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