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Villanova Basketball: 5 Early Storylines from Wildcats' 2014 Recruiting Trail

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2013

Villanova Basketball: 5 Early Storylines from Wildcats' 2014 Recruiting Trail

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    With the Villanova Wildcats about to welcome in the three members of the 2013 recruiting class, the search for the members of the 2014 class has already begun. 

    While there is still close to a year left in the recruiting process for 2014, some of the best players in the nation have already committed to other schools. 

    With that being said, Jay Wright and his coaching staff will have to start aggressively pursuing the players that they want to bring to the Main Line for the season after next. 

    Here is a look at five early storylines to follow in Villanova's chase for recruits in the class of 2014. 

The Wildcats Have Already Missed Out on 2 Top Recruits

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    Some members of the class of 2014 have already committed to specific schools, and two of those players in particular had offers from Villanova. 

    The Wildcats had an offer in for Karl Towns Jr. (St. Joseph, Metuchen, N.J.), but they were not in the final consideration before the 7'1" big man committed to Kentucky in December, via ESPN. 

    Villanova also had an offer in for point guard Romelo Trimble (Bishop O'Connell, Arlington, Va.) before he committed to Maryland in December, via Inside MD Sports.

Washington D.C. Metro Area Pipeline Could Continue

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    Villanova brought in two players from the Washington D.C. metro area in the class of 2013, and it could easily go back to the area for a member of the class of 2014. 

    Shooting guard Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph's, Baltimore, Md.) has an offer from the Wildcats as well as Indiana, Georgetown, Xavier and Maryland, according to ESPN. 

    Booth is currently ranked 35th in the ESPN 60 list of the nation's top players in the class of 2014. 

The Search for a Big Man Continues

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    With center Mouphtaou Yarou not a part of the Villanova program anymore, the search for the next successful big man has extended into the class of 2014. 

    The Wildcats will have Daniel Ochefu and Darryl Reynolds on the roster at the position next season, but they will have to look ahead to the future and bring in a big man in the class of 2014. 

    With Towns off of the radar now, the Wildcats have an offer out to one other center, Johnathon Wilkins (La Lumiere School, La Porte, Ind.). 

    Wilkins is not as talented as Towns is, but if he does commit to Villanova, he will not be expected to play until his sophomore season at the earliest. 

The Next Best Philly Point Guard Could Stay at Home

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    Villanova already has some local flavor on its roster in the form of Ryan Arcidiacono and Tony Chennault, and it could add another guard from Philadelphia in 2014. 

    Ja'Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti, Philadelphia, Pa.) has already received some high praise from CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello by being tagged with the title of the next great guard from the City of Brotherly Love. 

    According to ESPN's profile of the guard, Newton has already received offers from eight schools, including Villanova's local rivals Temple and St. Joseph's. 

You Can Never Have Too Many Guards

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    As we have learned from the tenure of Jay Wright at Villanova, he likes to use guards in his system a lot. 

    On the current roster, Wright has a set of five guards that he can work with to find the right combination on the floor. 

    Wright will have to develop a new crop of guards in the next year or two as James Bell, Darrun Hilliard and Tony Chennault will all depart the program. 

    Along with Newton and Booth, two other guards in the class of 2014 are on the Wildcats' radar. 

    Ahmed Hill (Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.) has an offer from Villanova, while Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy, Gatineau, Ontario) is considering the school along with a plethora of other schools. 

     

    All recruiting profiles taken from ESPN.com. 

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