The Villanova wildcats will start off with a team this year unlike any team they have had before. This team lost four players, all underclassmen, including a one and done in Omari Spellman. The Villanova wildcats come into the 2018-19 season with the ninth ranked recruiting class for 2019. Villanova has four players we will focus on who are on stock risers watch. Jahvon Quinerly is explosive, dynamic and exciting. He has played against elite competition. He had a stand out performance in the Allen Iverson classic, he played in the annual McDonalds All-American game, and he has put on shows at famous parks such as the Rucker and Dyckman with many eyes to bare witness. Quinerly is a five-star point guard that has an offensive skill set resembling such ball handlers as Kyrie Irving or the great Allen Iverson. In an interview with Eric Wright of VUSports Villanova coach Jay Wright said Jahvon Quinerly can play off the ball. That would create many problems for opposing defenses. Quinerly is fast quick and can get into the lane with ease; he also has an impressive IQ and is able to make teammates around him better. The excitement Quinerly will bring to Villanova is something the wildcat program has not seen.
Villanova sophomore Jermaine Samuels was the top prospect in Massachusetts in his class. He was a high four-star small forward with high flying athleticism and great explosion. Rated the 49th rated prospect in the nation by 247 sports his skills remind you of Clyde Drexler or Dominique Wilkins. He is very explosive and dangerous in transition and plays the game smooth. Villanova beat out Duke among others for his commitment and this year is the year you will see him showcase his elite talent. He displayed great athleticism and explosion in the Jordan Brand classic showing a great chemistry with his current teammate Collin Gillespie. A player like Samuels is the type of player that a point guard like Jahvon Quinerly would love to play with. Quinerly and Samuels have the potential to be one of the most exciting duos in Villanova history.
Grad-transfer Joe Cremo adds another dimension to Villanova. Almost the same dimension they lost with Donte Divincenzo who was drafted by the Milwaukee bucks with the seventeenth pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Cremo had a career year in his junior season at Albany University he averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. He shot 45 percent from the field, 45 percent from long range, and 81 percent from the line. Cremo is one of the best shooters in the country. He could average 20 points per game this upcoming season and with Villanova having the eye of the NBA more than ever after two national championships and 4 draft picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including three in the first round, Cremo will have the eye of NBA scouts.
Sophomore center Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is a classic warrior on the basketball court. He was one of the top 100 prospects in the nation by 247 sports and became a productive member of the national championship Villanova wildcats in 2018. Cosby-Roundtree or ,Dada as many call him, was a winner before he came to Villanova not only has he competed in and won high school championships but he displayed the ability to be a difference maker in a game when he won the 2017 Capital Classic. He is an underrated player on Villanova and can impact the game on both ends of the floor. Roundtree will become one of the best post players in the Big East; he is strong and plays with a high energy. Only thing you won’t get from Roundtree that Spellman displayed is a 3 point shot but a strong inside post presence that can run the floor is what Roundtree will add to the Villanova front court. The Villanova wildcats lose a lot of experience so it is very expected for expectations to be lower coming into the season from some writers. The only way those expectations are beat are on the hills of the success of these four players. If they reach the predicted potential this season they will compete for a national championship.