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25 August 2008

Yarou to commit to 'Nova

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
8/25/2008 12:34:00 PM
Mouphtaou Yarou will commit to Villanova for the class of 2009, according to Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports.

Yarou is a 6'-9'' power forward whose stock soared this summer after a successful run with the AAU DC Blue Devils. Rivals has Yarou ranked as the #14 overall player for 2009, and the fifth-best power forward in his class.

Yarou is a rising senior at Massanutten Military School in Woodstock, Va. Capitol Hoops identified Yarou as a rising star as early as this May.

According to Capitol Hoops, Yarou does not yet speak English, so Villanova may have to find a translator if that is in fact the case.

Obviously, getting a top-15 overall player for next year is a huge grab for Villanova. If Yarou lives up to expectations, he could be one of the best Villanova big men in recent memory.

The 2009-2010 class is shaping up to be a good one for Villanova. Maalik Wayns will be the team's point guard of the future, and Taylor King, a forward who transferred from Duke, will regain his eligibility. Isaiah Armwood, another forward, has also committed to Villanova for 2009.

The shooting guard Dominic Cheek remains Villanova's top recruiting priority for 2009-2010, but it is interesting to note that Yarou, who gets much less press, was actually rated a higher prospect by some services for that class.

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At 2:08 PM, August 25, 2008, Blogger Scot said...

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At 2:09 PM, August 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many scholarships are left now and who are the targets?

At 7:38 PM, August 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The future looks bright

At 10:05 PM, August 25, 2008, Blogger pete said...

Cheek remains the top target for 2009.

At 6:06 PM, August 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Nova gets Cheek the recruiting class of 2009 will be one of the top classes in the country.

At 8:59 PM, August 26, 2008, Blogger DaveNJ said...

This is beyond awesome. We have a chance to get an elite PF, PG, and SG (five star guys), along with Isaiah Armwood at SF.

That's arguably the best recruiting class in the nation.

At 9:00 AM, August 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of another class the we got a few years ago:

Yarou=Jason Fraser (but hopefully more productive)
Armwood= Curtis Sumpter
Wayans+Cheek(possibly)=Ray and Foye

Based on that, the 2009-2010 has potential to make the final four or even win the title.

Reynolds (SR)
Fisher (JR)
Wayans (FR)

Redding (SR)
Stokes (JR)
King (SO)
Cheek (FR)

Drummond (SR)
Pena (JR)
Sutton (SO)
Yarou (FR)

At 11:31 AM, August 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really think that corey fisher will have an outburstng year!

At 2:42 PM, August 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:06 PM, August 27, 2008, Blogger greyCat said...

There are two more scolarships that can be awarded in 2009. Whether the staff decides to use none (highly unlikely should Dom Cheek declare for Villanova), one or two will most likely depend on circumstances and need. Make no mistake, if Yarou meets expectations there will be some very good basketball played on the Mainline in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

At 11:13 PM, August 27, 2008, Blogger DaveNJ said...

The scary thing about Yarou is this: he's already the #14 player in the nation by Rivals, and he's been in the US for less than a year and playing hoops for less than four years.

Given his comments he seems committed to getting better and finishing his education. If he's already capable of putting up 22-12 on Demarcus Cousins imagine him getting even better. He could be one of our best recruits ever when all is said and done, and if he can stabilize our frontcourt and force teams to play inside our wings (Taylor King, Corey Stokes, hopefully Cheek) all have the ability to punish them from three.

All we need is an elite distributing PG.

Oh wait, Maalik. Never mind. Can't wait to see these guys at the Pavilion.


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