Villanova Basketball: Wildcats' Odds to Land Each Top Recruiting Target

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2013

With the class of 2013 entering Villanova University in just over a month, the work is being done by the Wildcats' coaching staff on the class of 2014.

The main goal for the Villanova coaching staff for the class of 2014 will be to bring in younger players who will be able to develop under current stars like Ryan Arcidiacono.

Here is a look at what odds the Wildcats will have in bringing recruits from the class of 2014 to the Main Line.


Ja'Quan Newton, PG, Neumann-Goretti/Philadelphia, PA

The prized prospect for Villanova in the class of 2014 is local product Ja'Quan Newton.

Newton is currently ranked 67th in the ESPN 100, and he has gotten offers from a multitude of schools.

One possible hitch in the potential arrival of Newton on the Main Line next summer is a package deal with good friend Isaiah Whitehead.

CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello reported in late June that Newton and Whitehead could consider joining a program together, a deal that would potentially put the Wildcats out of the running.

According to Borzello's report, Syracuse and Minnesota are two of the main programs that have gone after Whitehead, who is a shooting guard from Lincoln, N.Y.

With the rising possibility of a package deal with Whitehead, Newton's chances of staying home and playing for Villanova could be diminished.

Odds: 15-1


Phil Booth, PG, Mt. St. Joseph's/Baltimore, MD

Booth is another coveted prospect of the class of 2014, but his list of potential schools has not dwindled much recently.

According to a report by SNY's Adam Zagoria, Booth has a list of nine schools that he has had offers from, including Villanova.

While some smaller schools like Rutgers and Seton Hall are involved in the recruitment of Booth, there are also some basketball powerhouses like Indiana and Georgetown going after his signature as well.

One thing going in the favor of the Wildcats in the chase for Booth is the pipeline that they have established in the Beltway area.

Odds: 30-1


Robert Johnson, SG, Benedictine College Prep/Richmond, VA

After Booth and Newton, the Wildcats have a few players who they will go after as a backup plan.

Robert Johnson is one of those players.

According to ESPN, Johnson has offers from eight schools, most of them from the Richmond area.

If the Wildcats can convince Johnson to leave the Richmond area and persuade him with the exposure he could gain from the Big East, he would be a solid pickup for head coach Jay Wright and company.

Odds: 40-1


Kevin Zabo, PG, Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro, NH

Canadian Kevin Zabo is yet another guard who is being targeted by the Wildcats for their recruitment class of 2014.

Zabo is currently playing at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and, according to his ESPN profile, Villanova is one of eight schools in contention for the point guard.

Among those are Big Ten schools Iowa and Illinois, as well as Big East powerhouse Georgetown.

If Zabo's stock continues to rise, there could be more attention heading his way, and he could potentially be the best player Villanova chases after.

Odds: 45-1


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