By Sam Bush

Highly touted recruit Brandon Slater just verbally committed to Villanova for 2018.

“The relationship with the coaching, staff my family and and everybody around me,” Slater said when asked why he picked Villanova.

During his freshman season at Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., Slater stood 6-4 and emerged as a prospect to watch. A year later, Slater’s body has developed, as he’s grown to 6-6 and is blessed with a lengthy set of arms.

Slater has turned himself into an impressive long-range shooter. He’s also a good athlete that boosts good quickness. Defensively he has potential, as his length and lateral quickness help him a great deal. It’s still early, but Slater is tracking as a high major wing prospect.

Slater  picked the Wildcats over significant interest from Maryland, Miami, Virginia, Villanova, Wake Forest, South Carolina and a number of other high major programs.

Villanova was among the first school to prioritize Slater and that was a big factor in his decision making.

Slater recorded 14 double-doubles during the high school season, while averaging 15.2 points, seven rebounds and three assists a game.

“Brandon’s versatility is what him valuable,” Paul VI coach Glenn Farrello said. “He’s a team first oriented kid. His activity, length, athleticism and ability to make plays is what makes him special.”

After picking up a pair of top 100 recruits in the 2016 class, Slater is Villanova’s first recruit of the 2018 class.