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Villanova Rundown: June

In the June edition of Villanova Rundown, Leader Johnson covers some basketball, football and track & field recruiting along with some other news and notes ...

In the June edition of Villanova Rundown by Leader Johnson (special to VUSports), we have plenty of news to catch up on:

First off, welcome to the Wildcat family, Brandon Slater.  The 4-star wing is ranked #43 in the latest Scout Class of 2018 rankings.  ‘Nova adds a slashing, all-around player to the program.  Slater plays small forward and is a predator on the defensive side of the ball.  He has exhibited clutch play and talent over his high school career to date.  It is worth noting that Slater is close with 5-star prospects Jahvon Quinerly (ranked #25 nationally by Scout) and Cameron Reddish (ranked #4 nationally).  Quinerly and Reddish are two of Villanova’s top targets in the Class of 2018.  Stay tuned to VUSports as Villanova makes a run at a very impressive class.

4-star (and No.1 out of Massachusetts), wing, A.J. Reeves includes Villanova in his final 4 along with Providence, Louisville, and Virginia with Providence perhaps recruiting him the hardest.

Jalen Smith plans to visit Maryland officially in June.  The Terps currently lead in the recruitment of the 6-8, 190 pound, Center from Phil Booth’s high school - Mount St. Joseph’s (MD).  Villanova is looking to secure a visit soon and make up ground on Maryland but it may prove to be “too little too late”.

Villanova great and BBL legend, Andrew Sullivan retired after a long International career.  ‘Nova nation is very proud of him and he will be a part of a future “Success Series” edition as we look back with him and reflect on his career.  Sullivan is a 2-time British league MVP and 3-time BBL MVP as well a Bronze medalist.  He played for Villanova from 1999 to 2003 and was born in London, England.

In basketball recruiting, 3-star talent Trey Wertz says every school recruiting him is equal right now.  He hopes to visit Villanova but said he hasn’t heard from ‘Nova even though they were at a couple of his games a month ago.  He noted that Coach Baker Dunleavy was his lead recruiter and he hasn’t heard from the Wildcats since he left to become Head Coach at Quinnipiac.  Wertz’ numbers this past high school season were 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists - shooting 58 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. 

At the Atlanta DMC, 2019, 3-star talent Koby Isaac, cousin of Villanova great Darrun Hilliard, averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Team Carroll.  

Talented, Class of 2019, power forward, Eric Dixon stated that Villanova has expressed interest and that Oklahoma State, Drexel, Saint Joseph, Georgetown, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, LaSalle have offered while Ohio State, Penn State, and Florida State are showing interest.  He plays for Team WeR1 in AAU.  Dixon says he averages 16 points per game and 10 rebounds after averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds during this past high school season.  

Class of 2018 power forward, Seth Pinkney said Jay Wright has been to see him play but he is not sure about Villanova’s interest at this point.  He lists UMass, Temple, LaSalle, Saint Joe’s, UCF, and Towson as the schools recruiting him the hardest.  

2019 SG Anthony Harris, mentions Villanova has been recruiting him and he plans to visit in the future.  

2019 Guard, Joe Girard III shared that Qunnipiac Coach Baker Dunleavy came to Glenn Falls to watch him practice and that his dad has talked to Villanova Assistant Coach, George Halcovage.  Girard plays AAU for the City Rocks program - which went 10-6 in Nike EYBL and advanced to the Peach Jam.  Girardi averages 10.4 PPG in EYBL action.  He scored an outstanding 36.4 points per game this past high school season for Glenn Falls (NY).  Teams recruiting him the hardest are Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, BYU, Tulane, St. Johns, and Marquette but Girard said if recruiting progresses with the Cats, he would definitely take a visit to Villanova.

Villanova football has been in contact with 2018 Offensive Guard Ben Bohnenberger (6-4, 279 pound, from Mashpee, MA ) and he attends Villanova camp on the 14th.

Villanova football extended an offer to 2018 3-star RB, Stevie Scott (6-2, CBA, Syracuse NY).  He recently visited Rutgers and holds offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, UCF, Pitt, Minnesota, UMass, Army, UConn, and Boston College - so it will be an uphill battle for the Cats to land him.

This month’s success story features Villanova football great Poppy Livers who recently signed with the AFL Champion Philadelphia Soul. 

Upcoming 1-on-1 interviews for ‘Nova Nation subscribers to look forward to include 2017 commits ATH Jevon Jones (6-3, Nottingham HS, Syracuse, NY)) and LB Josh Patrick (6-1, Salesianum, Wilmington, DE) who should develop into key players for the future of Villanova football.

Also in the works is a preview of the talented 2017 Villanova football squad which Athlon sports recently ranked #8 in their FCS Top 25 preseason poll.

On the Track & Field front, keep an eye out for an upcoming 1-on-1 interview with Villanova red-shirt Freshman, Logan Wetzel.  At the regions, he finished 4th in his 1500 Meter preliminary heat which qualified him for the 1500 Meter regional finals where he finished 10th and was eliminated.

Villanova Track also added Georgia state champ, Brian Faust to the 2017 class along with Texas champion Sanaa Barnes and Virginia champion Emily Harrison.

Congratulations to Siofra Cleirigh Buttner for being named Mid Atlantic Athlete of the year.

Upcoming interviews in the hopper for hoops include 2020 basketball prospects Lynn Greer III and Jalen Green.

Stay tuned to VUSports the remainder of the week for a series of interviews - in addition to the Poppy Livers Success Series article you will hear from a couple of football recruits as well as current Cats from both the hardwood and the gridiron.  


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