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Sunday / June 16.
  • Class of ’26 St. Rose guard Jayden Hodge talks Villanova visit

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Jayden Hodge and his brother Matthew Hodge sat behind the Villanova bench on Super Bowl Sunday for the team’s 80-54 rout of Seton Hall at Wells Fargo Center.

    It wasn’t Jayden’s first trip to see the Wildcats or to visit the school. After all, his older brother committed to the Big East school last fall.

    Still, assistant coach Mike Nardi and the Villanova staff aren’t done and hope to have Jayden, the No. 2-ranked combo guard in his class by 247Sports.com, eventually join his older brother’s program.

    “I like the school a lot,” Hodge said. “I think it’s a nice campus.”

    Of the game, he said: “The game was very nice, watching two good teams going at it was very nice to see.”

    Said Odell Hodge, the boys’ father: “He loved it, it’s not the first time he was there.”

    Old Dominion, Odell’s alma mater, is also recruiting Hodge, while Rutgers recently offered. Odell said his son will likely visit Rutgers sometime in the fall.

    In terms of skillset, head coach Brian Lynch, himself a Villanova product, believes Hodge is a surefire high-major player.

    “For me, it’s no question,” Lynch previously told ZAGSBLOG. “He’s already doing a lot of things without adding the element of being a knockdown shooter. As he gets older, I think he’s going to be an elite combo guard at the next level.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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