By Mary Cunningham
If you thought Villanova was going to be a nationally ranked team this season — and they are are projected to be just that — wait until you see the Wildcats’ class of 2016-17!
Jay Wright and the Villanova have brought in the top class in the Big East.
Leading the way for Villanova is five-star interior player Omari Spellman. Spellman split time in high school between Northeast Ohio and prep school in Massachusetts, but the Wildcats were always involved with him and were able to secure an early commitment from the impressive prospect.
At 6-foot-9 and around 260 pounds, Spellman has college-ready size and also fills a need for Villanova. With Daniel Ochefu set to graduate next spring, Spellman will step in right now and likely play a starting and starring role.
As of this point Spellman is the only five-star coming into the Big East. But he is far from the only talented prospect as four-star Dylan Painter is also in the class for Villanova.
Painter is a skilled 6-foot-10 prospect who is just scratching the surface. During the summer Painter really improved and showed off an impressive all-around game at the Nike Peach Jam.
Look for Painter to give Villanova quality depth from day one on the interior, and eventually move his way into the role of being a major contributor as he is an upperclassmen.
Not only is Spellman the highest rated recruit coming into the conference, but he is also stepping into a spot that will be able to give him immediate minutes.
Look for Spellman to be someone who contends for a double-double every night as a freshman, and positively impacts Villanova with a skilled and tough interior player that really haven’t had. Ochefu has gotten better over the years, but he doesn’t possess the refined skill that Spellman already has.