NOVA AND WRIGHT’S RECRUITING BONANZA DURING PANDEMIC!

By Tom Brennan

Three and a half months ago Villanova coach Jay Wright was like a lot of other basketball recruiters:

Worried that the coronavirus pandemic would hurt his ability to recruit players from next year’s high school class.

“If it affects us and hurts us a little bit, so what? Suck it up. There’s a lot more important things going on in our world right now,” Wright said in April.

Wright sucked it up and then some!

After two recent verbal commitments, Wrighthas four rising seniors committed and thus the No. 1 recruiting class for 2021, according to the recruiting website 247Sports.com.

They include players who could start in the future: point guard Angelo Brizzi Warrenton, Virginia, shooting guard Jordan Longino from Germantown Academy, small forward Trey Patterson from Somerset, New Jersey and big man Nnanna Njoku from Sanford, Delaware.

Under Wright, Villanova has won two of the last four N.C.A.A. championships and these players are anxious to be part of the growing tradition.

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