The only sophomore on last season's Newsday All-Long Island boys basketball team, Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran, last night accepted a scholarship offer from Villanova.
Yacoubou, who made the announcement live on MSG Varsity's "A Quick 60" TV show, is a 6-5, 205-pound combo guard who helped the Crusaders win the state Federation Class A title. Yacoubou averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and was the team's best defensive player.
According to Yacoubou's guardian, Randy Harper, Villanova's style of play and coach Jay Wright were critical factors in his decision. "He took an unofficial visit to Villanova in the summer and saw Scottie Reynolds diving all over the court," Harper said. "That's the type of player he wants be with. Coach Wright demands a lot of his players and that's the kind of coach he wants to play for."
Said Harper: "Villanova could possibly win a couple of national titles. Ash wants to be part of that dynasty."