5-star forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl announced his commitment to Villanova on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 son of former Kansas player Lester Earl, Robinson-Earl snubbed his father’s alma mater in favor of the Wildcats.
Robinson-Earl ranks 18th overall in the Class of 2019 and is the 4th ranked power forward via 247Sports. He was also recognized as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Kansas as a junior. Robinson-Earl figures to fit in perfectly with Jay Wright’s system at Villanova. A versatile scoring forward- who can shoot well- will be an ideal replacement for the departing Eric Paschall. His positionless style of play will allow him to contribute in multiple positions.
“It’s a small community so everybody is real tight with each other and when I went on my visit I enjoyed how tight everybody is and how much they support the team,” Robinson-Earl said during an interview with Rivals. He was heavily expected to follow his father’s footsteps at Kansas, or play for Roy Williams like his father once did. Instead, Robinson-Earl opts to carve his own path.
Robinson-Earl is 4th player in Villanova’s 2019 recruiting class and the 2nd 5-star. He joins 5-star wing Bryan Antoine and 4-stars Justin Moore and Eric Dixon. Jay Wright and Villanova have shown no signs of slowing down the momentum they’ve built in recent years. Robinson-Earl is the latest in the line of system fits who can develop and contribute over more than just one year at Villanova.
The Wildcats are set to lose two seniors after this season, but they should be in good hands with this 2019 recruiting class.