Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Best-Case Scenarios for Wildcats' 2015 Class

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA East player Isaiah Briscoe (9) dribbles the ball against Team France during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats are in the final stages of putting together the class of 2015, and things are looking bright for Jay Wright's team in the recruiting department. 

With a few scholarships still open, the Wildcats have a chance to make a big splash over the coming months and strengthen a program that has been successful during the Wright era. 

Below is a look at a few of the best-case scenarios surrounding the rest of the potential class of 2015 recruits. 


Roselle Catholic Teammates Look to Play Together in College

Isaiah Briscoe and Chris Silva are teammates at the high school level with Roselle Catholic in northern New Jersey, and both players have left Villanova on their list of potential suitors. 

Briscoe recently released his final five schools: Villanova, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's and Arizona, per SNY's Adam Zagoria.

There will be, if there isn't already, a big push from Seton Hall, St. John's and Rutgers to keep the guard close to home, but he may choose otherwise if he can play with Silva somewhere. 

Silva will announce his final five teams August 17, per, and after that he will make a decision on his birthday, September 19. 

The Wildcats should be in that final five, but whether the big man commits to the Wildcats remains to be seen.

If Silva commits to Villanova, he could play a big role in bringing Briscoe to the Main Line to fill a role at the guard position. 


Bring In Donovan Mitchell and Another Guard Instead of Briscoe

One of the names that has flashed onto Villanova's radar lately is Donovan Mitchell, who recently made a visit to the school.

Mitchell, who has narrowed his choices down to five schools, has been on the rise all summer long, and the Wildcats would be smart to swoop him up.

With competition coming from Providence, Florida State, Louisville and Boston College, Wright and his staff will have to work hard to bring in the player from Brewster Academy. But it would be worth it, especially if Briscoe decides to go elsewhere. 

If Briscoe does not end up in a Villanova uniform, it would be wise for the Wildcats to go after another guard to partner with Mitchell, and Donte DiVincenzo, in the potential class of 2015 backcourt. 

The two options the Wildcats have are to go after Bryant Crawford or Jalen Brunson, both of whom have offers from big-name schools. 

Crawford has yet to dwindle his potential suitors down to a small list, but it was reported back in June that Villanova was one of five schools recruiting him the hardest. 

If Villanova still ranks high in the mind of Crawford, it would be wise for the Wildcats to prioritize his recruitment over Brunson, who has offers from a few schools in the middle of the country where he resides. 

Brunson looks like a last-ditch option at the moment, so Crawford and Mitchell should be the guard combination that Wright looks to bring in if things with Briscoe don't work out. 


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