Ryan Arcidiacono picks Villanova
Junior Ryan Arcidiacono (Neshaminy, Pa./Neshaminy) is a rugged 6-foot-3 point guard who is often seen with scratches up and down his arms from contact in the lane.
On Monday, a few days after making an unofficial visit to Villanova, the Super 60 PG committed to coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats over Florida.
Last weekend's visit showed Arcidiacono all he needed to see about the Wildcats' program. However, it was during an August trip to see Wright that Arcidiacono felt a pull to Villanova.
"When we were playing in New Jersey [Wright] was at a couple of games," Arcidiacono said. "I was shooting awful. He told me when we were at Nova in August that I was the point guard he needed. He said I kept my teams in games and did what I had to do to win even though my offense didn't look good."
Midway through last summer, Arcidiacono went from regional recruit to national name. A May traveling team event led to a spot in the NBA Top 100 Camp and Arcidiacono capitalized on the opportunity, distinguishing himself as one of the top pure points in camp.
Florida also turned up the heat. Coach Billy Donovan spent a lot of time recruiting him and the coach likely saw a good bit of himself in Arcidiacono. Tough and aggressive with a winning edge, Arcidiacono went from being a guy schools wanted to evaluate to a player schools had to have.
Over the course of his recruitment, Villanova was the school everyone knew it had to beat to land Arcidiacono. The Wildcats are perceived to be flush with guards but Wright was correct to address his roster aggressively with this one.
"I thought about it at first but once I realized that they play four guards and everyone gets their own and it's a team and they're trying to win, it's better to play with four guards than just one. I'm fine with it," said Arcidiacono. "I'll call Tyrone Johnson [Plainfield, N.J./Montrose Christian School] this week just to say what's up to my new teammate. Now I'll try and recruit for Villanova."
Within minutes of his pledge to Villanova, Arcidiacono turned the spotlight off himself and directed it at other recruits, hoping to give Villanova his first assist. He has two more years at Neshaminy but he's looking to hand out a dime or two before he arrives.
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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