The Villanova Wildcats just pulled off one of the biggest shockers of the 2019 class.
On Tuesday, Bryan Antoine announced his decision to pick Villanova over the Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats among others. He was set to visit Kentucky on September 22nd.
glory to god @NovaMBB pic.twitter.com/wwYmcKXno1— Bryan Antoine (@BryanAntoine_) September 4, 2018
Antoine is a 6’4 180 pound five star shooting guard that is considered a consensus top 10 player in the class of 2019. His recruitment was important to Kentucky for several reasons. The first, and most obvious is that he is one heck of a player. Antoine is a gifted athlete and can score the ball in a variety of spectacular ways.
Secondly, one of his teammates at the Ranney School in New Jersey, is also a five star prospect who the Cats would love to see in Lexington next year. Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine both hold offers from Kentucky.
On May 10th Antoine tweeted out his top 5 schools, with Kentucky making the cut, along with Duke, Kansas, Florida, and Villanova.
Antoine is a stone cold killer on the court and he has now proven it on multiple occasions, most recently at the Steph Curry’s SC30 Select Camp, where he not only posterized a few guys, but also buried a sensational three point game winning shot as time expired.
I was in the stands when Antoine heaved a prayer beyond half court that went in at the buzzer during a game in the City of Palms tournament in Fort Myers, Florida during a holiday tournament.
Both of these shots are absolutely insane and give you an idea of what Antoine is capable of.
Bryan Antoine with the game winner dagger at the @StephenCurry30 SC30 Select Camp— deх (вall dnт lιe) (@balldntlie) August 8, 2018
(Via @LaurenceScott) pic.twitter.com/dwOC4GTgNK
#SCtop10 CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC Bryan Antoine buzzer beater to beat Mountain Brook pic.twitter.com/r4MRxMvpK8— gk47bball (@GrantKornblatt) December 24, 2017
Antoine is an elite athlete who can also a big time scorer. He is one of the best one footed jumpers that you will see and is always a threat to put someone on a poster. I love his offensive game and am confident by the time he completes his senior year of high school he will be ready to step in as a big time producer at the college level.
Antoine seems to fit the mold of a text book one and done player. So getting to the NBA has to be something that he will use as a factor as he begins to choose a school. After he was cut from the US Under-18 national team in July, Antoine was interviewed by Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press where he detailed the advice he was given by the coaches who cut him.
“I would say it was a little life check,” said Antoine. “The thing they emphasized is the amount of top NBA guys who were once cut from a USA team. After I got cut, they told me what I could do to improve, so I just wanted to take what they said and put it to get use.”
While Kentucky wanted Antoine, Duke was believed to be the heavy favorite. 247 sports has an overwhelming 88% of the predictions siding with the Blue Devils.