Villanova Basketball Recruiting: Where Wildcats Stand With Top 2014 Targets

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2013

Photo of Martin Geben via
Photo of Martin Geben via

As the 2013-14 college basketball season approaches, we have just a few weeks left to solely focus on the recruiting process for the class of 2014. 

The Villanova Wildcats have already made two signings for the class of 2014 in Mikal Bridges (Great Valley High/Malvern, PA) and Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph/Baltimore, MD). 

With those two players already committed to play on the Main Line for the 2014-15 season, head coach Jay Wright has a dwindling list of prospects left to persuade to join them at Villanova. 

Here is a look at two uncommitted recruits that could join Bridges and Booth on the Wildcats roster at the start of the 2014-15 season. 


Martin Geben, PF

All of the recruiting efforts of the Wildcats for the class of 2014 is now fully focused on the frontcourt. 

One of the players who has emerged as a possible big man to visit the Main Line is Lithuanian forward Martin Geben.

Geben has already made official visits to Notre Dame and Virginia, but he has not yet scheduled one to Villanova. 

If Wright cannot get Geben to visit the school before he makes a commitment, his search for a big man to join the class of 2014 could dry up. 


Johnathon Wilkins, C

The other big man that has interest from the Wildcats is Johnathon Wilkins. 

Wilkins also has offers from Marquette, Auburn, VCU and Miami (FL). 

If Wright fails to bring in Geben, he could go all in on the signature of Wilkins to solidify his frontcourt behind Daniel Ochefu, who will be a junior during the 2014-15 season. 

With the Wildcats striking out on many top prospects recently, their momentum with the class of 2014 needs to shift in a positive manner. 

To do just that, even a scheduled visit by either big man would benefit the morale of Wright and his staff at this time.