Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Sales Pitches for Top 2015 Targets

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

Villanova head coach Jay Wright calls out to his team during the second half of a third-round game against Connecticut in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. Connecticut won the game 77-65. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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With the July live period in full swing, the Villanova Wildcats have had a chance to make their case to a few key recruits in the class of 2015.

Head coach Jay Wright will have attended numerous tournaments featuring a ton of high-profile prep stars to see who will be the best fit in his system.

With a few recruits listing Villanova as one of the schools high on their respective lists, Wright will have to make some strong sales pitches to those players.

Below is a look at what Wright should pitch to three key recruits to bring them to the Main Line.


Chris Silva: Playing Time and Competition

A few weeks ago at the Reebok Breakout Classic, power forward Chris Silva told reporters that Villanova was one of five schools after him the hardest.

Adding depth down low to support Daniel Ochefu is a big key for Wright at the moment, and despite already having a commitment from Tim Delaney, he could use another player to partner with Delaney in the paint.

With Ochefu entering his senior season in the 2015-16 campaign, Silva would certainly get a look at some playing time right away to see where he fits into the system.

Wright is no stranger to handing playing time to young players, as he showed last season with the duo of Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart, who earned more playing time off the bench as the season progressed.


Jalen Brunson: The Chance to Become the Next Great Guard at Villanova

Villanova has a strong pedigree of producing guards, which could draw point guard Jalen Brunson to the program. 

Wright already has one guard committed to the class of 2015 in Donte DiVincenzo, but that is not going to stop him from bringing in yet another backcourt player.

Wright was seen in the crowd, along with a few other notable coaches, at Brunson's recent game with the Mac Irvin Fire.

With the latest group of guards to come through Villanova on their way out in the next two years, there will be plenty of spots open for players like Brunson to fill.

If he were to commit to the Wildcats, Brunson would face competition with incoming freshman Phil Booth and DiVincenzo to fight for the void that Darrun Hilliard will leave after the 2014-15 season.

Wright could also find a spot for all three players and Ryan Arcidiacono if he shifts Arcidiacono off the ball, which is something the guard has the potential to do as a veteran on the team.


Isaiah Briscoe: The Chance to Play for a Potentially Great Team Close to Home

Isaiah Briscoe has included Villanova on the list of his final seven schools, per, which also includes Big East schools St. John's and Seton Hall, as well as Rutgers.

All four schools are in the same region as Briscoe's high school, Roselle Catholic, but Villanova hands him the biggest chance to succeed at the highest level while playing close to home.

The other three local schools in the race for his signature have not been too successful recently, but the three other names (Louisville, UConn and Arizona) could draw him further away from home to become a star.

Wright can use his team's success over the last decade to attempt to bring in the young guard, which, given the competition the team faced in the old Big East, is a track record worth bringing up.

The head coach could also draw on the superstar guard angle and the recent success in the professional ranks of Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye.