The Week In Review

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Brzoja Commits
... Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News writes, "As reported as probable earlier this week, 6-5 guard Mislav Brzoja has indeed given Villanova’s basketball program a verbal commitment. Now, according to sources, it’s just a matter of waiting to see if he does actually show up when classes begin. The feeling is that he will, but there’s always the chance that he could wind up signing with a pro team in Europe. He is eligible to play this season. Brzoja, who played for the Croatian Under-19 team that recently beat the United States, went to Traders Point Christian in Whitestown, Ind., last season. He’s known for his shooting, but can also play the point as well as small forward.
Delco Times’ Terry Toohey adds, "Brzoja, who is listed between 6-4 and 6-6 depending on which website you believe, would be eligible immediately. Brzoja is a shooter who can also play small forward, according to numerous scouting websites. He becomes the third member of the Class of 2016, joining guard Ryan Arcidiacono and center Daniel Ochefu."

More after the jump.

Never In Doubt... Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News writes, "Many may have questioned the decision of Maalik Wayns when he decided to forgo his senior season as the Villanova point guard and enter the NBA draft. Wayns, however, never had any doubts his choice was the right one. Not immediately after he made it, not after he went undrafted in June's draft and not after a strong performance in the Orlando Summer League failed to immediately secure him an invite to anyone's training camp. Tuesday, the 76ers announced that they had signed the 6-2 Philadelphia native. The deal is for 1 year. "I thought I played well in Orlando and there were rumors going around that a team or two were looking to sign me," said Wayns. "But nothing happened. Still, I never lost confidence that things would work out. The Sixers talked to my agent [Andy Miller] and we got a contract. Until training camp begins for the Sixers late next month, Wayns will be in Philly, working out with former teammates and other players at Villanova."

‘Nova Fans Ranked In Philly’s Bottom Half… Aaron Bracy writes that afterwatching 60 City 6 games last season, "Drexel has the best student section in Philly, followed by #2 Temple, #3 St. Joe’s. Villanova student section was ranked #4 with the commentary, "Fans showed up despite team’s struggles, but didn’t bring their passion. In fairness, it’s hard to get passionate about an 11-win team." #5 Penn and #6 LaSalle rounded out the list. [Editor’s Note: Yes, but Villanova had the #1 Wine & Cheese Section.]

Albany and Stony Brook to Make It Official ... Joe Alicata of TimesUnion.com writes, "According to sources who spoke with Newsday, both the University of Albany and Stony Brook football programs will join the Colonial Athletic Association after the 2012 season. The CAA football lineup would then feature Stony Brook, Albany, Delaware, Villanova, New Hampshire, William & Mary, Richmond, James Madison, Maine and Towson in 2013 if finalized." Assist to Brian Ewart

Sweet Tweets Here’s what Coach Jay Wright had to tweet about this week: "Looking forward to Villanova being a part of the 2KSports Classic at MSG on Nov. 15-16. Let’s get the Nova Nation out in force! Sunday was our last day on the recruiting trail this month - have enjoyed watching the young guys! Great hangin' with Dwayne Andersonin D.C.! Check out his new business venture Rock Out Be You. Finals for second summer session come today - expecting the Cats to finish strong in the classroom before heading home! Tuesday capped an amazing two days of Summer Jam Alumni events – so proud to be a part of this family! We are especially grateful to some Wildcat alums who traveled far to be with us, including Gary Buchanan, Brooks Sales and EZ Ed Pinckney! It was such an honor for us to be joined by classy Villanova legends, Wali Jones, who came in from Miami , and Hubie White! Howard Brown calls Spain home now but it was cool to see the pride of Pottstown with the last two days! So happy for Maalik Wayns now that he is officially now a part of the 76ers! Loved having his family with us and all the alums on Monday! So cool to see Lafayette and ‘Nova legend coach Fran O’Hanlon. Great event in Stone Harbor Saturday night - Coaches vs Cancer Beach Ball at 7. Please support!"

Dwayne Anderson, Entrepreneur… Jay’s tweet about Dwayne Anderson’s new venture, Rock Out Be You, referred to a new clothing line, Roby-Rock Out Be You. The brand name is intended to convey the message not to be afraid to embrace who you are.

'Nova Olympians: One Win / Five LossesLisa Karcichas has yet to score as a reserve for the Croatia Women’s basketball team, which is now 1-3, with losses to the US 56-81 (Karcic 12 min, 0 pts), China 58-83 (Karcic 2 min, 0 pts), and the Czech Republic 70-89 (Karcic 3 min, 0 pts), and their single win against Angola 75-56 (Karcic 2 min, 0 points). Andrew Sullivan has started all three games for the 0-3 Great Britain Men’s Basketball Team, which has lost to Russia 75-95 (Sullivan 14 min, 2pts), Brazil 62-67 (Sullivan 15 min, 2 pts), and Spain 78-79 (Sullivan 23 min, 3 pts). Here’s the upcoming schedule for ‘Nova’s Olympians:

Day Date Time Sport Event Villanova Athlete
Sat

4-Aug

3:00 PM

Men's Basketball

Great Britain vs. Australia

Andrew Sullivan

Sun

5-Aug

3:00 PM

Women's Basketball

Croatia vs. Turkey

Lisa Karcic

Mon

6-Aug

6:45 AM

Women's Athletics

1500 Meters (Round 1)

Marina Muncan

Mon

6-Aug

11:45 AM

Men's Basketball

Great Britain vs. China

Andrew Sullivan

Tue

7-Aug

5:55 AM

Women's Athletics

5000 Meters (Round 1)

Sheila Reid

Tue

7-Aug

TBA

Women's Basketball

Quarterfinal Round

Lisa Karcic

Wed

8-Aug

2:45 PM

Women's Athletics

1500 Meters (Semifinal)

Marina Muncan

Wed

8-Aug

TBA

Men's Basketball

Quarterfinal Round

Andrew Sullivan

Thu

9-Aug

TBA

Women's Basketball

Semifinal Round

Lisa Karcic

Friday

10-Aug

3:05 PM

Women's Athletics

5000 Meters (Final)

Sheila Reid

Friday

10-Aug

3:55 PM

Women's Athletics

1500 Meters (Final)

Marina Muncan

Friday

10-Aug

TBA

Men's Basketball

Semifinal Round

Andrew Sullivan

Saturday

11-Aug

TBA

Women's Basketball

Bronze Medal/Gold Medal Games

Lisa Karcic

Sunday

12-Aug

TBA

Men's Basketball

Bronze Medal/Gold Medal Games

Andrew Sullivan

Sleaze is Alive and Well in the Recruiting World… In an article accompanied by a picture of Kentucky Coach John Calapari, NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster explores why it is so difficult to find recruiting cheats. He writes, "The problem for the NCAA, is that the schemes are "too easy to get done and too difficult to prove. The people within the world of college and AAU basketball have a pretty good idea that that is out there. They also have no idea how to combat it." With the absence of a "paper trail,", proving illicit relationships is difficult. More than two-thirds of elite AAU programs are established as non-profits. Some receive a few hundred thousand dollars in donations – in addition to shoe company contracts – according to a review of their tax records. We are also very well aware of connections that some of those summer programs — via the agent, via the runner — may have with our own institutions," Humphrey said. "So we are also connecting the dots in terms of what [college] coaching staff might have some questionable relationships with some of these individuals."

Vitale: Let's cut the nonsense out of college basketball recruiting… ESPN’s Dick Vitale picks up on the theme of the slimy side of college recruiting, writing,"What has transpired in the world of college basketball recruiting is unhealthy and taking a toll. I have talked to a number of coaches, and they have spoken off the record about the incidents transpiring in summer basketball and the world of the AAU teams ruling the highly regarded players. Many of the coaches in these programs are peddling their players to the highest bidder. Think about what is going on. You have donors, alumni from the big universities, laying down big dollars to these AAU programs. It is legal; not really ethical in a lot of cases, but not against the rules. Who benefits? The schools with the most money available, and the people who are so wild and wacky that they will do anything to get that great player to their program. You have coaches who find loopholes and bend the rules as far as they can. I guess that is reality, my friends. The problem with AAU coaches suddenly being hired as assistants in Division I is that they bring players with them. Deliver that great player, and it is not illegal."

Nova Running Third In A Two Horse Race for the Twins?… NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes, "One of the interesting recruiting battles over the coming months will be for the services of twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison, and most expect it to come down to Kentucky and Maryland. Why Kentucky and Maryland ? Because Kentucky is Kentucky and John Calipari is John Calipari, and those two entities have a way of getting things done. And because Marylandis the alma mater of Kevin Plank, who is the CEO of Under Armour, which is the company that outfits Maryland’s athletic department and this summer funded the Harrison twins, both of whom are consensus top-10 prospects."

Will ‘Nova Make Rysheed Jordan ’s Cut? NBC Sports’ Daniel Martin reports that "Rysheed Jordan will trim his list in the coming days and make his college choice closer to the start of the high school season. "When school starts, I’m going to take some official visits then make a decision," he said. At a wiry 6-4, Jordan has good size for a high-major point guard and works well in transition. He shows the ability to distribute and even confidence to step back and hit the three-pointer when defenses converged into the paint to cut off dribble penetration. He mentioned Syracuse, Villanova, Temple, LaSalle, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Rutgers , and Xavier. Maryland, Kansas, NC State, and Pittsburgh are also among those in the mix.

2014 Nova Target Phil Booth Has Ties to ‘Nova… Adam Zagoria writes, 6-foot-3 Baltimore Mount St. Joseph shooting guard Phil Booth hasn’t narrowed down a list but he holds offers from Indiana, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova, St. Joe’s, South Florida, Seton Hall, Xavier and Rutgers. He has specific ties to at least three schools — Indiana, Villanova and SMU. Asked about upcoming visits, he said, "Oh yeah, I’m going to take some soon. Indiana probably in August or October coming up real soon."

'Nova One of Many... iSportsWeb reports, "According to Inside Carolina, 6’6″/210 lbs forward Justise Winslow has close to twenty programs looking for his service, including teams such as North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, UCLA and Villanova. The four major recruiting sites all have Justise Winslow as a five star recruit.

Jay #31 on Top 30 Coaches List?…David Fox of Athlon sports published a list of the top 30 coaches in College Basketball. Former National Coach of theYear, Jay Wright, did not make the list. At the top of his list was Michigan State ’s Tom Izzo, writing "Izzo does rarely grabs the elite NBA-ready talent that goes to Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas or even Ohio State . Despite this strategy, Michigan State often puts up equal or better results compared to programs churning through NBA lottery picks on a yearly basis. The rest of top ten included #2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, #3. John Calipari, Kentucky , #4. Bill Self, Kansas #5. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse , #6. Rick Pitino, Louisville , #7. Roy Williams, North Carolina , #8. Billy Donovan, Florida , #9. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin , #10. Brad Stevens, Butler . Big East Coaches on the list were: #13. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh , #16. Bob Huggins, West Virginia, #20. Buzz Williams, Marquette, #21. Mike Brey, Notre Dame, #22. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut .

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