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4-Star Trey Patterson, No. 8 SF In Nation, Announces Commitment

A closeup of Villanova's mascot.

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Will D. Cat, mascot for the Villanova Wildcats, peforms as they take on the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Villanova basketball picked up a massive commitment Thursday evening. Four-star small forward Trey Patterson is a Wildcat.

Patterson chose Villanova basketball over two other prominent programs in Florida and Indiana. The New Jersey native's decision to commit to Jay Wright and the Wildcats will keep him much closer to home compared to the Gators and Hoosiers.

Patterson is a near five-star prospect, checking in as the No. 8 SF and 34th overall prospect in the 2021 cycle, per the 247Sports Composite Score. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing will provide plenty of length and athleticism for Villanova basketball.

With Patterson in the mix, Villanova's 2021 recruiting class jumps to No. 3 in the nation and first overall in the Big East. There's no doubt this is a massive recruiting victory for Wright and the Wildcats.

Patterson posted a commitment video following his announcement on Thursday evening. The 6-foot-7 wing called it a "dream" to be able to play college hoops before announcing his commitment to Villanova.

Villanova is off to a terrific start in the 2021 cycle. Only USC and Wisconsin sit in front of the Wildcats, but the Trojans and Badgers each have one more commitment than Wright's program. Villanova's average recruit ranking is among the best in the 2021 cycle.

As long as Jay Wright keeps winning, Villanova basketball will continue its recruiting hot streak in the coming years.