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Recruiting Expert Makes Surprising Prediction For 5-Star Point Guard

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Jeremy Roach is the top-ranked point guard in the class of 2020. The Virginia native is ranked No. 15 overall by 247Sports' composite system.

Naturally, he has plenty of massive programs after him.

Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina are all after Roach, as are teams with less recruiting prowess than those powers, including Maryland, Miami, Texas, USC, and Virginia Tech.

Unsurprisingly, Kentucky is a major factor in this one.

Most of the early predictions logged in 247's crystal ball have Roach ending up in Lexington.

However, 247 recruiting expert Evan Daniels has made his choice, and he's going against those earlier ones.

With Kentucky considered the early favorite by some for Jeremy Roach, Daniels thinks he will end up at Villanova.

Obviously, Jay Wright's team has a pair of recent national titles, so Nova is no slouch. It is still a bit surprising to see them beat out the likes of Duke and UK for top recruits though.

The fact that he has already garnered so much attention is good for Roach, as he unfortunately tore his ACL last month. That will cost him his junior basketball season.

It does give him the chance to focus on recovery and his recruitment. Duke, Kentucky, UNC, and Villanova were previously identified as his top four, per The Washington Post:

Roach, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, is the No. 1 ranked point guard in the Class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite. He had just cut his list to his top four colleges: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova.

Roach was preparing to begin his junior season with Paul VI, one of the top boys basketball programs in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the D.C. area. Over the previous two summers, he won gold medals with Team USA’s U17 and U16 World Cup teams.

Last year, Nova made a similar splash, landing five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly. That hasn't gone so smoothly thus far, but Wright's team has definitely elevated itself in the recruiting world as of late, especially with perimeter players.

[247Sports]