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Villanova Notes: Sunday UAA LA

VUSports provides evaluations of Jahvon Quinerly, Elijah Weaver and other prospects of Villanova interest that were in action at the UAA Event in LA on Sunday ...

Seth Lundy (6-6, Class of 2019, Roman Catholic (PA))

Lundy has caught the eye of the Villanova staff with his well-rounded skill-set, shooting ability, team-oriented focus and size.  He is a good athlete with a solid build for his age.  Lundy has a good feel for the game and plays with a solid motor.  He has the handle to be an effective scorer in transition and getting to the rim in the half-court.  He does a nice job of not over-dribbling - keeping the ball moving and making good decisions.  He was impressive in his morning tilt because of his offensive versatility - pull-up jumpers from the elbow, wing threes, baseline 15 footers, floaters, and strong takes to the rim - a full quiver indeed.  Lundy also demonstrated a willingness to mix it up on the boards and the timing and leaping ability to block some shots too.  Lundy is hearing from Notre Dame, Virginia, UConn and Villanova among others.  Don’t be surprised if Lundy picks up a ‘Nova offer in the next two or three weeks.  His versatility on both ends of the floor would fit in well with Coach Jay Wright’s “inter-changeable parts” philosophy.

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Donta Scott (6-7, Class of 2019, Imhotep (PA))

Scott has a solid handle, size and strength to be quite effective driving the ball to the bucket.  He can drain pull-up jumpers or get all the way to the rim and he can finish through contact.  He has a tendency to over-dribble - nearly always probing the defense with multiple jab steps while the offense pauses.  However, when his team meeds a big bucket, Scott has the confidence and swagger to want the ball in the critical situations.  Villanova fans should not expect Scott to be a priority recruit for the Cats

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Scottie Lewis (Class of 2019)

Plenty of hype surrounds Lewis.  In fact, during the weekend there were cameras and boom mics all around Tea Rio players and staff filming a documentary on Lewis.  Overkill for such a young player?  Probably.  That said, he is a superb prospect because he has a great skill package and elite athleticism.  He glides around the court with large quick strides that eat up real estate in a hurry.  He is like one big fast twitch muscle and he has crazy hang-time when he jumps.  Defensively, he leaps and hangs with both hands up straight causing plenty of disruption for opponents that jump far less high and don’t remain airborne like an NFL punt.  Lewis can stroke the deep ball or he can knife through traffic and get to the rim with great frequency.  He will need to add weight and strength as he develops but he certainly seems destined for the NBA.  Villanova has offered but there is no reason to get too excited about landing him if you are a Wildcat fan.

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Bryan Antoine (Class of 2019)

Though of late, Lewis has stolen some of the “dynamic duo” spot-light from his high school and AAU teammate, Antoine remains a high level prospect in his own right.  Some would argue he has just as advanced, if not more, or an overall skill package.  Despite his wiry frame he has a very good handle and can be quite effective off the bounce getting his own shots or setting up teammates.  He looks capable of playing as a 1 or a Combo guard in college - whereas, Lewis is perhaps a little short for his best-fit position from a skill perspective (the 3).  Villanova has offered Antoine too but, again, the M.O. for Villanova of late has been landing the 3-or-4-year, career type player vice the one or two and done guys.

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Elijah Weaver (6-3, 200, Class of 2018)

On continued observation of Weaver, his weaknesses begin to cloud his many strengths.  He is ranked highly in part because of his physicality, strength, and college-ready physique.  Weaver could walk into the gym of a high-major program and compete physically with anyone.  However, his jump-shot is suspect and he is not an uber-athlete.  He is a scoring point guard and he gets to the rim with a good handle and strength to finish over lesser built competition … how well does this translate to the next level if you can’t keep the defense honest with your jumper?  When Weaver is making threes it is a different story but, for now, he can be erratic from the outside and teams could clog the lane to slow him down considerably.  Weaver does have good court vision and passing skills but can be a bit turnover prone when handling the ball while closing guarded and trying to maneuver through multiple defenders.  He gets after it well on defense but isn’t a consistent force on the boards.  He is a vocal and active player with a good motor.  The Cats have offered him a ‘ship and an August visit (after the busy evaluation month of July) from Weaver is not out of the question.

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Jahvon Quinerly (6-1, 165, Class of 2018)

On Sunday morning, Quinerly was once again playing with swagger and confidence.  Though not a lights-out shooter from three-point range he is more consistent from deep than Weaver and this helps him and his team to spread defenses and attack.  Quinerly is a load to handle off the dribble - creative, quick and slippery.  He has cut his list to seven, Villanova made the cut and hopes to make the next cut when he shortens his list in the coming months.  He is a highly coveted player in a class that isn’t over-flowing with stud point guards.

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