Since we last saw the Villanova Wildcats on the hardwood in March, the team's coaching staff has been hard at work on the recruiting trail putting together the pieces for the future.
The class of 2015 already has commitments from Donte DiVincenzo (Salesianum School/Wilmington, Delaware) and Tim Delaney (Pitman High School/Pitman, New Jersey).
Over the past few weeks, the Wildcats have been going after possible prospects to add to the class of 2015.
Below is a look at what the Wildcats have been up to during the recruiting process.
Wildcats Become Favorite for Top Guard
The biggest name that has been linked with Villanova in the last month has been Jalen Brunson, a point guard out of Lincolnshire, Illinois.
According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Michael O'Brien, a source told him that the Wildcats are the favorite to land the 6'2" guard:
Good source involved with the recruitment (not from Brunson camp or family) thinks #Villanova may be the team to beat for Jalen Brunson.— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) May 28, 2014
During the Sacramento session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball league, Brunson averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 assists per game.
Silva Lists Villanova as One of His Favorites
Power forward Chris Silva (Roselle Catholic High School/Roselle, New Jersey) has been a target of Villanova for a while, but now it seems like the interest between the two sides is heating up.
According to a tweet from an ACC basketball recruiting account, that was retweeted by Silva himself, the 4-star player (per 247Sports) has received the most interest from Syracuse, Seton Hall and Villanova:
2015 4 star recruit Chris Silva (@SilvaObame) tells us that Syracuse, Seton Hall and Villanova are recruiting him the hardest— ACC BBALL Recruiting (@recruiting_acc) May 26, 2014
No More Word on Other 2015 Players
According to ESPN's recruiting profile of the Wildcats, three other uncommitted players have received offers from Villanova, but there is no current news on any of those players.
Cheick Diallo, Josh Reaves and Thomas Bryant have all been offered by the Wildcats, but no recent developments, like the ones around Silva or Brunson, have come about.
One to Consider for 2016
While the focus may be all on the class of 2015 at the moment, one player from the class of 2016 has seen his name in the news lately.
Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop notes that Guard Payton Pritchard will make a visit to the campus on Saturday before he plays in the Mary Kline Classic:
2016 Team Fast (OR) PG Payton Pritchard will take an unofficial visit to Villanova on Saturday prior to playing in the Mary Kline Classic.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) May 27, 2014
The Oregon native is beginning to attract a decent amount of attention on the national level with four schools getting in contact with the player over the last week, per Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com:
2016 G Payton Pritchard’s father told me he has heard from Iowa State, Creighton, UCLA and Miami since the weekend. #iubb— Justin Albers (@Justin_Albers) May 27, 2014