This week was a pretty average one for Villanova news. The NBA draft was the headline basketball event for most, but Villanova's two entrants were not among the 60 players who heard their names called. There were discussions about a couple of NBA-alumni moving teams and some updates on international basketball and summer leagues . . . and of course, the Big East announced the home-and-away opponents for each school.
Here's what you missed on VUhoops:
- Ennis/Jamaica win Centrobasket Bronze - Canadian transfer point guard Dylan Ennis won the bronze medal at Centrobasket with the Jamaican National team. The Jamaican program appeared pleased with the young guard's performance.
- Nova-heavy team goes deep in Delco Pro-Am - Most of Villanova's current players and a few alumni played in a Delco Pro-Am league tournament on Sunday. Two of those teams were in the mix to win, but were forced to forfeit in order to get to bed early for Morning practices.
- Rondae says no to Nova; Roberson visits - Rondae Jefferson cut his list down to 7 schools, not including Villanova, but star forward Tyler Roberson took a visit to the Villanova campus.
- 6 years later, Lowry a lotto pick - The Houston Rockets were reportedly trying to trade Kyle Lowry for a top-10 draft pick. He hasn't been traded yet, but Lowry may still be on the block after strongly suggesting that he'd like to be dealt.
- Free Agent Foye - Randy Foye is a free agent starting this weekend, rumors emerged that he preferred the NY Knicks, but our sources told us there weren't any favorites yet.
- Cheek hopes to move grandmother from JC - Dominic Cheek knew his chances of being drafted were slim, but if he can make a good income playing anywhere, it will help him achieve his goal of giving his grandmother and brothers something better.
- Long odds on 'Nova for '12-13 - The online bookies have Villanova's national title chances at +10,000 for next spring — as good as betting on the field. Rutgers and DePaul fared much worse.
- For Nova’s early entries their careers start tonight - Maalik Wayns and Dom Cheek weren't expected to be drafted on Thursday night, and they weren't. They can still catch on somewhere, we just might not know for a while.
- Starting at guard for the nation of GEORGIA… - In a bit of a surprise move, Corey Fisher joined the country of Georgia's men's basketball national team.
Here's what you missed from around the web:
- Dylan Ennis showed off some nice moves when he performed this through-the-legs dunk at the Davis Center.
- Villanova's Sheila Reid decided not to run in the 1500m at the Canadian Olympic trials, concentrating instead on her 5000m race. She won that race at the trials on Friday night, but still hasn't obtained the 'A' standard. She may still get to the Olympics under Canada's "rising star" program. Canada Day UPDATE: Reid's appeal to go to the Olympics under Rising Star was denied late last night. Tough to win your race at the trials and get left home.
- Rysheed Jordan reportedly took an unofficial visit to Villanova on Thursday.
- Villanova's football freshmen arrived on campus and one of them, Kevin Gulyas, has received a lot of attention in the Allentown Newspapers for both Football and Lacrosse. Will the walk-on ever play lacrosse again? "I've gotten that question a lot," Gulyas, the Morning Call's football player of the year in 2011, said with a laugh. "I can't predict the future. But I'm thinking about football right now."
- Patch.com asked 1985 Champion Harold Jensen about what it takes to play big time college basketball. "When I came in a freshman, I didn't know if I could play at that level," he said. "Everybody just wasn't the best player in their high school conference, but they were All-Americans. The talent level was unbelievable. [ . . . ] I think a lot of kids fizzle out or decide to transfer because they don't have that mental toughness to deal with the adversity and challenges that go with playing at the Division I level."
- If you live in Philadelphia, you will be able to see a Nova alumn every morning on the local NBC affiliate as Kevin Jones was hired as their morning anchor.
- Coca-Cola is now funding scholarships for first-generation students to attend Villanova.
- Since you've been asking: there is no chance of Markus Kennedy returning to Villanova. According to Adam Zagoria, he will be visiting SMU on Monday.
- Villanova is sponsoring a service trip for student-athletes it will be the fifth year that the program will be run. 12 athletes took part in the trip.
- Our friends at theNovaBlog.com want to know what your favorite Villanova Olympic moment was. Remember, Marty Liquori may not have medaled, but he was the youngest runner to make the 1500m final after his freshman year in 1968. Worth at least an honorable mention, right?
That's all folks. Hopefully Ed will return next weekend to retake his position as the Week in Review master.