Villanova, Pa. - A pair of versatile and highly-regarded wing players have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Villanova in the fall of 2018, it was announced today. Brandon Slater, 6-6, of Fairfax, Va., and Cole Swider, 6-8, of Portsmouth, R.I. are set to become Wildcats next fall.
“We’re thrilled to welcome two outstanding players and young men to our basketball family,” stated Wildcats’ head coach Jay Wright.
As a junior in 2016-17, Slater averaged 15.2 ppg at Paul VI High School, where he played both guard and forward. Slater, who played his summer basketball for Team Takeover, is ranked at No. 70 in ESPN’s Top 100 Class of 2018 Prospects.
“Brandon is a high-character young man from an awesome family,” stated Wright. “I think he has tremendous potential to become an outstanding Villanova guard.” Swider attends St. Andrews School and emerged as one of the nation’s top prospects over the last two seasons. As a junior he averaged 26.5 points per game at St. Andrews while displaying exceptional skill from long distance. He was ranked at No. 35 in the ESPN list of Top 100 players in the class of 2018.
“The passion Cole has for the game fits our culture perfectly,” Wright stated. “He’s a highly skilled player from a great family who understands the game.”
“We can’t wait to begin working with Brandon and Cole next year.”
Villanova opens its 2017-18 regular season presented by KeyBank on Friday evening at the Wells Fargo Center against Columbia (8:30 p.m./FS2 and 610 Sports Radio).