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.View image on Twitter

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“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.

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