Villanova Basketball: Top Storylines from Wildcats' 2015 Recruiting Trail

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

Villanova head coach Jay Wright
Villanova head coach Jay WrightJoe Robbins/Getty Images

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:

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:

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:

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