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Sunday / June 16.
  • Villanova Signs four to Letters of Intent

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    Villanova today announced the signing of four accomplished student-athletes to national letters of intent as part of its Class of 2025. The four are set to enroll in the fall of 2021. 

    The list includes guard Angelo Brizzi, guard Jordan Longino, forward Nnanna Njoku, and forward Trey Patterson. The class is ranked fourth in the nation by 247 Sports. 

    Brizzi, a Warrenton, Va., native, is a standout point guard at Highland (Va.) High School, where he averaged 20.3 points, 6.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game during the 2019-20 campaign. Highland posted a 23-3 record.  

    “Angelo is an outstanding guard who brings a great feel for the game as the son of a coach,” stated Wright. “He is an excellent shooter who is capable of playing either guard position. We believe Angelo has all the ingredients needed to become a complete Villanova guard. We’re thrilled to welcome Angelo and his great family to Villanova.” 

    Longino hails from nearby Doyelstown, Pa., and has excelled at Germantown Academy, the same program that produced Wildcats’ legend Alvin Williams (1993-97). The 6-5 Longino played both football and basketball at Germantown Academy. On the hardwood, he averaged 22.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest in 2019-20, earning recognition as the PIAA Class 4A Player of the Year.  

    “Jordan is a highly-skilled, versatile player from a wonderful family,” stated Wright. “At Germantown Academy he’s excelled in two sports and his experience as a football quarterback points to his exceptional intelligence. Jordan is an excellent shooter, and we believe his multi-faceted game fits well here at Villanova.” 

    Njoku was the first member of this class to make an oral commitment to the Wildcats back in April. The 6-9 forward, a native of Newark, Del., has starred at the Sanford School, the same school that produced former Wildcats’ standout Will Sheridan (2003-07). He averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per contest during the 2019-20 season. The 247 Sports Top 100 ranking of class of 2021 prospects lists Njoku at No. 80.  

    “Nnanna is a very intelligent young man who has continued to get better over the course of his high school career,” Wright said. “He plays extremely hard and brings a physical mentality when he steps on the floor. Nnanna has a great touch around the rim and is an underrated passer. He is part of a terrific family and will be a great fit here in our Villanova community.” 

    Patterson is a 6-7 forward who has thrived at Rutgers Prep in New Jersey. He is listed at No. 27 in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2021 and at No. 30 in the 247 Sports rankings of the same class. Patterson averaged 19.7 points per game while helping his team post a 27-2 record in 2019-20. His parents, Antoine and Shamona Patterson, played college basketball at St. Francis (Pa.) and Seton Hall, respectively. 

    “Trey brings great intelligence and basketball skill to our program,” Wright stated. “His parents were both quality Division I college players and have served as great mentors to him. Trey combines an outstanding work ethic with a varied skill set that helps sets him apart. We’re excited to bring another great player from New Jersey to Villanova.” 

    (Releases via Villanova Athletics)

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