Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Wildcats' 2013 Class

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2013

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After a strong recruiting class that included Ryan Arcidiacono last season, Jay Wright has brought in just a few recruits in this season to add depth to his young squad. 

The Wildcats will have two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores that will be contributors on a every night basis. 

With that in mind, the Wildcats did not need to recruit a superstar that will disrupt their system, but they did need to add some depth to the squad and they did just that with their 2013 recruiting class.

Here is a look at the two recruits that have signed with Villanova so far. 

Kris Jenkins, PF

Jenkins committed to Villanova back in August (via Washington Post). By choosing the Big Five school, the 6'5" forward from Gonzaga College High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, made it clear that he will compete for a spot in the starting lineup. 

Jenkins is a strong rebounder but it is not likely that he will step into the center role that was vacated by Mouphtaou Yarou. 

It is likely that Jenkins could move to the small forward position and let JayVaughn Pinkston, who is two inches taller than the incoming freshman, move inside to the power forward position while Daniel Ochefu will start at center. 

Jenkins' lack of size will effect him in many ways in the new Big East Conference against strong big men that are much taller than him. 

The Maryland native is also able to score, a talent that he showed off in his junior year by averaging 20.4 points per game. 


Josh Hart, SF

The second forward is from the Washington D.C. Metro area and will be heading up I-95 to play at Villanova next season will be Josh Hart. 

Just like Jenkins, the four-star recruit from Sidwell Friends , D.C. committed to Villanova back in August (via

The one concern about Hart that sticks out almost immediately is his lack of size at 6'4", 190. Hart will have to put on some weight going into his freshman season to prepare for the rigors of the Big East. 

Hart is known as a scrappy player whose motor does not stop until the final whistle is blown. If he wants to continue his current style of play, which will fit the Big East quite nicely, Hart will have to bulk up to 200 or 210 pounds. 

Hart's expectations will not be astronomically high but he will be asked to contribute on both ends of the court off of the bench. 


What's Left for the Wildcats

According to ESPN, there are three recruits that are still considering Villanova but they have not signed with the Wildcats or with any other program for the time being.


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