Big East recruiting is already in full swing for the class of 2017, and a big piece has trimmed his list.
Trevon Duval, who originally hails from Wilmington, Delaware but is playing at Advanced Prep in Dallas, Texas tweeted out his top 10 Monday afternoon.
Duval, a top 5 player in the class, and the top overall guard per ESPN, has offers from more than 25 schools.
Thank you to all the schools that have recruited but there are my final 10 schools. pic.twitter.com/GLlRCFPySi— Trevon Duval (@DatGuy_Trey) August 29, 2016
Duval’s top 10 is, quite literally, all over the place, so let’s take a look at the three Big East representatives.
At this point, it would be more surprising if a top guard in the nation wasn’t considering playing for Jay Wright and the Wildcats, and it’s easy to see why. From Kyle Lowry to Jalen Brunson, Wright’s success speaks for itself.
While it’s possible that Villanova’s backcourt situation may get a bit crowded if Duval jumps on board, it’s worth remembering two things: We don’t know what Jalen Brunson’s plans are for the future, and Jay Wright has made multiple guards work in the past. Duval spoke highly of Villanova in April, telling Scout’s Evan Daniels,
“Villanova was cool. It was crazy. I went there at the beginning of the season when they just now started practicing. And seeing them them practice and how you prepare for games and stuff, and seeing them win a championship was pretty amazing.”
Before transferring to Advanced Prep, Duval played for Newark, New Jersey’s St. Benedict Prep.
Enter Seton Hall.
While Kevin Willard’s specialty, especially of late, has been big men, Duval would be a nice fit with the Pirates.
Seton Hall was one of the first schools to offer Duval, and their efforts have never waned, as he told Jeremy Schnieder of NJ.com last year:
"Seton Hall is still strong, they recruit me all the time. I see them at all my games all the time," Duval said. "They're doing a really good job, that's why they're on my list."
The Pirates also have one more possible advantage over other schools. Duval is very close friends with Seton Hall sophomore Myles Powell, the two confirmed on Twitter on Monday.
Lol from another facts only https://t.co/AiYqZtd9yB— Trevon Duval (@DatGuy_Trey) August 30, 2016
The final Big East team on Duval’s list are perhaps the most interesting of any of the ten teams.
The St. John’s Red Storm had a rough year in Chris Mullin’s inaugural season at the helm, but that hasn’t hindered their recruiting efforts.
The Red Storm have the second best recruiting class in the Big East (23rd in the nation) for this season, which goes to show the great work Mullin, Matt Abdelmassih, and the rest of the staff have done.
The Red Storm already have multiple guards who should still be around next season in Federico Mussini, Marcus LoVett, and Shamorie Ponds, but if a player of Duval’s caliber is considering you, you find a way to make it work.