Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Biggest Competition for 2014 Targets

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2013

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  (L-R) Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels shakes hands with head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats before the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The basketball class of 2014 at Villanova University has begun to take shape—and that shape is quite impressive.

Jay Wright's Wildcats have already secured the signatures of small forward Mikal Bridges and point guard Phil Booth. 

With two highly touted recruits already in the bag, it is now time for Wright to fight for the two other players left who are considering the Wildcats. 

Those two players may not have the same hype around them as Bridges or Booth, but in the long run they could end up being an integral part of the program.

Here is a look at the competition that Wright and the Wildcats face in the race to sign their two remaining targets.


Robert Johnson, SG

According to ESPN, Benedictine College Prep shooting guard Robert Johnson has already scheduled visits to four different schools, and Villanova is not one of them. 

Johnson has already visited Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina, and he will finish off his slate of scheduled visits at Florida State this coming weekend. 

The Wildcats are one of many schools that are still listed as having offers out to Johnson, but if a visit is not scheduled to Main Line in the near future, they will most likely lose out on the signature of the 6'3" guard. 


Johnathon Wilkins, C

If the Wildcats go by the philosophy that you can never have too many big men, then they will go all-in in order to capture Johnathon Wilkins, a 6'10" center out of La Porte, Ind. 

The center has offers from six other schools besides Villanova, according to the player's ESPN recruiting profile. 

Local schools Bradley and Marquette are involved in the race for Wilkins as well as Auburn, VCU, UMass and Miami (FL). 

The Wildcats are up against quite the eclectic mix of teams in their search of a big man for the class of 2014, and if they do all the right things, they could end up signing Wilkins. 

One of the potential bargaining chips that the Wildcats could throw on the table is playing time. 

With Daniel Ochefu being the only true known quantity at center on the current roster, Wilkins could see a decent amount of playing time in his potential freshman season on the Main Line. 

While there is plenty of time left in the recruiting process, fans of the Wildcats must be hoping that their team goes after Wilkins, whose signature still seems up for grabs, instead of bringing yet another guard into the program to add to the team's growing surplus.


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