A development in the 2019 recruiting cycle occurred on Wednesday night. One of 2019’s best announced his Top 10 on Twitter, and two Big East schools were represented. The Georgetown Hoyas and Villanova Wildcats made the cut for Armando Bacot, who made the reveal on his personal account:
Georgetown and ‘Nova are not without serious competitors. Duke, UNC, Kansas and UCLA are a few of the blue bloods who remain in the hunt for Bacot. Also, Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU are some of the area schools that Georgetown will be competing with for the Richmond native. Oklahoma State is also in the mix.
Bacot has recently been making the rounds through Big East schools. He made unofficial visits to Villanova and Georgetown in each of the last three weeks. The Hoyas were the most recent school to host him, doing so this past weekend. Obviously, they made a significant enough impact for him to include him. As did ‘Nova, who welcomed him for their annual Hoops Mania event.
For Virginia recruits in 2019, there are none better than Armando Bacot. He ranks as the top player in the Commonwealth in what is a loaded class. He is viewed higher than Josh Nickelberry, Aundre Hyatt, Qudus Wahab and Anthony Harris, all of whom are Top 75 recruits in the cycle. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man also is listed fourth among all centers in his class. That puts him in the company of Charles Bassey, Chol Marial and Balsa Koprivica, who are all five-stars and Top 10 recruits. Bacot is the 16th-ranked player in America.
At this point, it’s far too early to tell where Armando Bacot will land. For both Villanova and Georgetown, landing a player of his caliber would certainly be a huge get. It would follow in recent recruiting trends for each. ‘Nova has, of course, recruited the DMV well in the past few years. You don’t have to look too far down the well. Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart and Phil Booth were all from the area. You know enough about that trio. Georgetown has to make the DMV a priority, what with them being in the heart of the area. Head coach Patrick Ewing and his staff appear to be doing just that if recent trends suggest anything. Expect both to ramp up as much as they can to try and remain in Armando Bacot’s mind going forward.