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The Villanova Rundown

Leader Johnson provides his first ever "Rundown" as a special to VUSports. Here he covers some happenings in T&F, Women's hoops, football recruiting and basketball recruiting ...

Leader Johnson provides this first ever installment of Villanova “Rundown” - some quick hitter updates on things going on across Villanova Athletics.

2017 Villanova Track & Field, commit Keegan Hughes is a track star in the making with Olympic potential.  He recently dominated the 300 meter hurdles at the Henderson invitational and won his league meet by over 3 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles (the second fastest time in the state this year).  He is a shining example of hard work with a bright future.  Look for an exclusive interview with Keegan Hughes later this week on VUSports!

I recently talked with Villanova super sophomore (and Big 5 Women’s Freshman of the Year) Kelly Jekot.  Jekot stated that Villanova has told her she will be asked to add firepower to the backcourt, contribute more as a ball handler and be a defensive presence.  She also told me that she is focused on capitalizing on her weaknesses this summer through conditioning and lifting both individually and with the team.  Her performance will be a key to the Wildcats’ efforts to build off their 20-15 (11-7 in the Big East) season last year.  Jekot said the area where she has improved the most is her defense.  The 6-0 guard was also named the Big East preseason rookie of the year after a dominant career at Cumberland Valley (Enola, PA).  She was not only was a 2-time Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year she was also USA Today and Pennsylvania AAAA player of the year while also earning District 3 MVP honors.

2018 Offensive linemen prospect Will Anderson has interest from Villanova.  The 6-3, 275 pound linemen (St. Alban’s, WV) visited the Wildcats a couple weeks ago and told me the campus was very nice with great facilities.  He went on to say what he looks for first in a school is academics and then athletics.  Villanova coaches came to a workout of his at the end of his sophomore year and that was when the recruitment started.  Anderson loves the distance between Villanova and his house and says “the Wildcats are recruiting a player who gets his job done every day”.  Anderson is a leader who will give his all for his brothers on the football field.  Will Anderson said he is “a player who loves football”.  The Saint Albans stand-out said his team had some great wins, surprised a lot of people and said they got a seat at the “big boy table” based on their performance last season.  Anderson has not been offered by the Wildcats.

I recently talked with two Class of 2018 prospects that the Villanova staff has been evaluating.  One of them is Blair Academy guard/wing, Junub Chuol (6-3, NY Lightning AAU).  He said that Villanova has been in touch with his coach lately but also that Wyoming, Pittsburgh and Purdue have been pursuing him the hardest of late.  He has played in the Luol Deng Camp Top 50 and is currently playing in the EYBL.  The other is a 6-5 guard from St. Benedict’s (NJ), Matthue Cotton.  Villanova has evaluated his game both at his high school and in Nike EYBL.  Cotton is averaging 6.5 PPG for Team Final through three sessions of games.  Cotton said Rutgers, Penn, Virginia Tech and Saint Joseph’s are recruiting him the hardest.

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