Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Prioritizing Wildcats' Top 2015 Targets

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Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Prioritizing Wildcats' Top 2015 Targets

With the summer heating up, the Villanova Wildcats are on the hunt to fill a few scholarships for the class of 2015.

With Donte DiVincenzo and Tim Delaney already committed to the Wildcats, head coach Jay Wright has a chance to make his pitch to a few other prospects before preparation for the upcoming season begins.

Below is a look at how Wright should prioritize his targets in the class of 2015.

1. Chris Silva

With Delaney already locked up, Wright has a chance to go after a second star big man this summer, and Chris Silva is exactly that.

At the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia, Silva revealed that the Wildcats were one of five teams pursuing him the hardest:

The other four schools are Seton Hall, Creighton, Rhode Island and Kansas State, all of whom should be outperformed by the Wildcats during the 2014-15 season.

Silva may not be the star in the frontcourt right away at Villanova with Daniel Ochefu and Delaney on the depth chart, but it would be a smart choice for him to get a chance to learn the system before he gets playing time.

However, playing time may be the deciding factor, as the other four schools have more holes than the Wildcats do down low.

2. Isaiah Briscoe

Another player from North Jersey that is on the radar of the Wildcats is guard Isaiah Briscoe, who would bring extra depth to the roster in his freshman season.

In the last few weeks, Briscoe cut his list of prospective schools down to seven, per Adam Zagoria of SNY.


Wright will face some steeper competition for Briscoe, as power programs such as Louisville, Arizona and UConn are all in pursuit of the 6'3" guard as well.

With those bigger schools in the mix, Villanova could be seen as an outsider in the race for Briscoe, but he would be a terrific addition to the squad, especially as a replacement for Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis during the 2016-17 season.

3. Jalen Brunson

Another dynamic guard whom the Wildcats could go after is Jalen Brunson, who has offers from seven other schools, including crosstown rival Temple.

The player from the Midwest has a slew of offers from prominent teams in that area of the country, per ESPN, which could prove to be one of the biggest deciding factors in the player's commitment.

The one thing going for the Wildcats in this case is the strong guard pedigree that the program has, which could be very enticing to a young prospect looking to improve his game at the collegiate level.

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