Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Meet Wildcats' 2014 Class

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Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Meet Wildcats' 2014 Class
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Due to a strong returning core, the Villanova Wildcats only signed two recruits to be a part of the class of 2014. 

The two players, Phil Booth and Mikal Bridges, will have a chance to contribute early in their collegiate careers if head coach Jay Wright uses them in the same fashion he used Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart last season. 

Before we can speculate on the roles of the two players on the Main Line, we must learn about the skill sets of each player. 

Continue reading below for a look at the two commits that will be entering the Villanova program during the 2014-15 season. 

 

Phil Booth, G, Mount St. Joseph High School/Baltimore, MD

If all goes right for Booth at Villanova, he could become the next great guard to lead the program to success. 

Booth selected Villanova over rivals Georgetown and Temple, as well as Indiana, and he could make an immediate impact next season if one of the guards that sit higher on the depth chart fails to perform well. 

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To start, Booth could be employed at either guard position because of his ability to handle the ball and shoot the rock. 

If his shooting continues to improve, he could shift over the shooting guard position on a permanent basis as his career progresses. 

When he enters the Villanova program, Booth will be behind Ryan Arcidiacono, Darrun Hilliard, Dylan Ennis and Hart on the depth chart.

With the departures of Tony Chennault and James Bell, Booth will have a chance to fill the void in the scoring department off the bench. 

He will not be a starter in Year 1, as Hart or Ennis is expected to replace Bell in the starting five, but he could be a decent contributor off the pine when the other guards are in a rut. 

 

Mikal Bridges, F, Great Valley High School/Malvern, PA

Bridges is a local product that will have to put on some weight in the offseason if he wants to battle on the wing and down low during his freshman season. 

The 6'6", 180-pound forward will have plenty of time to develop at the next level with a trio of strong players in front of him on the depth chart. 

JayVaughn Pinkston and Daniel Ochefu are expected to pound the glass on a consistent basis out of the starting lineup, while Jenkins' role will grow in the defensive department now that Bell has left the program.

How much playing time Bridges receives will be reliant on how hard he works in practice and in the early nonconference schedule. 

If Bridges gets on Wright's good side early in the 2014-15 campaign, he could end up seeing some crucial minutes off the pine in the latter stages of the season as a contributor in the rebounding department.

 

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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