Kyle Neptune, Villanova Wildcats

CBB Review’s Ethan Carbone goes in-depth on the top 30 college basketball recruiting classes. Next up are the Villanova Wildcats who come in at 18.


The Villanova Wildcats bring in the 18th-ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. This includes small forward Cam Whitmore (14th), combo guard Mark Armstrong (55th), and shooting guard Brendan Hausen (113th).

What does each player bring?

Cam Whitmore: 6-6 small forward

Whitmore comes in as probably a perfect NBA draft prospect. With extreme athleticism, an ability to shoot the ball well, the court vision of a point guard, and athleticism, he could be one of the best players in the Big East as a freshman. Whitmore’s defense and body type allows him to guard the 1-4 with ease.

He should start right away after recovering from an injury and will be a key player from day one at Villanova. Barring an extreme circumstance it should be expected to only see one year of Whitmore in a Villanova Wildcats uniform.

Mark Armstrong: 6-2 combo guard

Armstrong comes in as a very athletic guard to the Wildcats program. Even though he’s only 6-2, Armstrong has the ability to get to the paint, being able to power through defenders. He can also score from the mid-range and beyond the arc efficiently. On the defensive side, Armstrong relies on his quickness, as he is a bit undersized as a combo guard.

Armstrong looks to get big minutes potentially starting this year. Te South Orange, NJ native will be a key contributor to the team for the near future, and could be the next great point guard at Villanova.

Brendan Hausen: 6-4 shooting guard

Hausen comes to Nova as a player that is perfect for modernized basketball as an off-ball shooting guard. His specialty is being able to pull up from deep at a very high rate. Hausen is the catch-and-shoot three-point shooter that every team wants.

As a freshman, it’s expected that he will come off the bench. Hausen has the tools to develop into a knockdown shooter and starter if he can continue to improve in other areas of his game.