Beyond the arc: Villanova's success paying off on recruiting trail

Beyond the arc: Villanova's success paying off on recruiting trail

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

GOOD TO BE CHAMPS

Villanova jumped to the No. 2 spot in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2019 class after landing five-star guard Bryan Antoine last Tuesday to go with a pair of four-star recruits. Jay Wright still has at least one more scholarship to fill, and the Wildcats are in a good spot for five-star wings Josh Green and Scottie Lewis and five-star big men Isaiah Stewart and Jeremiah Earl-Robinson.

STILL IN STATE

Another top prospect in the state of Illinois is on the move. At least this time, junior guard D.J. Steward is only moving seven miles from Fenwick to Whitney Young in Chicago's near West Side neighborhood. Steward, a News-Gazette All-State Second Team pick last season, averaged 18.4 points, five rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Friars. He'll join fellow 2020 four-star guard Tyler Beard on the Dolphins.

DUCKING SISTER JEAN

Loyola Chicago will face both Nevada and Maryland after its 32-win season and surprise run to the Final Four. The rest of the Ramblers' nonconference schedule? It leaves something to be desired with teams like Missouri-Kansas City, Furman and Grambling State on tap. Porter Moser told CBS Sports he lobbied for home-and-home series against Power Six teams to beef up his schedule. They uniformly declined.