By Julie Glass
Villanova coach Jay Wright pulled off a coup yesterday, snagging four-star class of 2018 forward Saddiq Bey after he was granted his release from a commitment to North Carolina State.
He visited Wake Forest, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Villanova in the past month, and made his decision public yesterday via a retweet of an image on Twitter. His last visit was to the Wildcats on Wednesday.
“Villanova, its positionless style there, that’s great for him,” Washington, D. C.’s Sidwell Friends coach Eric Singletary said. “It is a great program with Jay Wright and that whole program.”
Bey is just the latest player from the D.C. area to commit to Villanova. Four-star DeMatha guard Justin Moore committed to the Wildcats in early May, and former Paul VI star Brandon Slater will be a freshman in the fall.
Bey is also not the first from Sidwell Friends to attend Villanova. Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Josh Hart, who won a national title with the Wildcats in 2016, is also a Sidwell Friends alum.
“It is tremendous for him,” Singletary said of Bey. “It was great for Josh and what he did going to Villanova, and I would expect the same type of thing for Saddiq.”
Villanova had two scholarships remaining for next season before adding Bey. The Wildcats will benefit from the 6-7 Bey’s versatility:
He averaged 21 points during his senior campaign at Sidwell Friends and missed a handful of games with an ankle injury. He averaged 14.2 points as a junior and led Sidwell Friends to the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship. Bey originally chose the Wolfpack in November over Xavier, Miami, Pittsburgh and several other programs.