Point guard Angelo Brizzi of the Highland School in Virginia is the latest player to give a verbal commitment to Villanova. 

In the last three-plus months, Jay Wright has received verbal commitments from a shooting guard, a wing and a power forward/center. The only position missing was point guard.

Well, the Villanova coach can check that off his recruiting wish list.

Angelo Brizzi, a 6-4 point guard from Highland School in Warrenton, Va. committed to the Wildcats Monday, two weeks after he narrowed his list down to Arizona, California, Colorado, Dartmouth, Davidson, Michigan, Northwestern and Villanova.

Brizzi said his reason for choosing the Wildcats was wide ranging.

“One of the things that stood out to me is that they recruited me the hardest of all the schools, I thought,” Brizzi said by phone. “Their success, winning, developing players, putting players at the next level, there’s just a lot that goes into it. I thought it was the right place.”

The three-star recruit joins a class that includes 6-5 shooting guard Jordan Longino of Germantown Academy, 6-8 wing Trey Patterson from Rutgers Prep and 6-9 center/forward Nnanna Njoku of Sanford, Del., all four-star recruits. The class was ranked No. 2 nationally by and No. 3 by before Brizzi announced his decision. 

Brizzi is ranked No. 114 overall in the Class of 2021 by and the No. 21 point guard. He is listed at No. 118 overall and the No. 20 point guard by

The left-handed guard was the 2019 and 2020 Delaney Athletic Conference MVP and earned first-team all-state honors from the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) after averaging 20.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals while leading the Hawks to a 23-3 record and the VISAA Division II semifinals for the first time in school history.

Brizzi was unable to make any official visits because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It definitely was hard and it did change the process a little bit, but it is what it is,” Brizzi said. “Those things are out of my control and I’m excited to be going to Villanova.”

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NOTES >> Former Wildcat Saddiq Bey and ex-Penn State Standout Lamar Stevens (Haverford School/Roman Catholic) were among the players invited to the NBA Draft Combine. The combine was supposed to take place in Chicago May 21-24 but was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. No new date has been announced. The draft lottery is slated for Aug. 25 ,and the draft will be held Oct. 15. Bey announced last month that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility to stay in the draft.

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