Despite the fact that Nova has tanked at the end of each of the last two seasons, Jay Wright keeps coming up big in the recruiting field.
His latest victory came today, when he landed 5-star center Daniel Ochefu over Georgetown, Texas and Temple.
Ochefu is ranked in the top-20 overall for 2012 on Rivals, Scout and ESPN.
Ochefu is a very well-rounded player. He has a nice jump shot and is a good rebounder, passer and shot-blocker. At 6’10”, he can be a big presence in the paint. He needs to work on post moves, but that’s not really something we see a lot of in Nova’s “offense” anyway.
He is the 3rd big-name recruit in the 2012 class, joining Savon Goodman and Ryan Arcidiocono.
Since I have been keeping a recruiting spreadsheet (2005), he is the 2nd highest rated recruit for Jay Wright behind Mouph Yarou.
Players in bold have at least 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Here is what the future depth charts look like as well…
As you can see, this team has an embarrassment of riches that stacks up to almost anyone in the country. 75% of those spots are occupied by players that are ranked top-50 in the country by at least one service. 75%! I can tell you that the other teams I follow, Notre Dame and Temple, have a ONE player combined on their current rosters (Scott Martin, ND) that was ranked that high.
Jay Wright is bringing in talent that should make Villanova a perennial top-10 team and title contender. Now he’s got to show that he can coach them to reach that potential, something he hasn’t looked capable of doing since assistant coach (and X and O guy) Pat Chambers left for BU two years ago.