Catching Up with the 'Cats: Week 5

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Our weekly review of Villanova Alumni in the NBA. Let's get to it!

It was an overall solid week for Villanovan's in the NBA with some great highlights. Let's see which 'Cats were making the most noise!

Randy Foye

It was a mixed bag for Foye this past week, highlighted by a season-high tying 17 point performance against the Knicks. He emphatically stamped his impact on the game with a clutch block on Carmelo Anthony as time was winding down.

Unfortunatley for fans of the Nuggets shooting guard, he immediately followed up that performance with a dud against the Raptors, managing only 4 points on 1 for 7 shooting from the field.

But not all was lost for the week! Foye can still rock the arena with a good ol' fashioned "shake and bake." Tomike Shengelia, you might want to strap on an ankle brace the next time you find Foye on the perimeter.

Randy Foye's Crossover and Jumper Rocks Tornike Shengelia (via NBA)

The former All-American seems to have settled into a modest season average of 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Denver certainly has no reason to change their lineup formula, as they have won seven games in a row and find themselves sixth in the Western Conference

Kyle Lowry

Lowry maintained his hot shooting hand to start the month of December. The past three games were accented with very solid numbers and consistent performances. The former Villanovan averaged just over 17 points and 7 assists. Lowry's game has significantly evolved since his time in college, particularly from the three-point line. On the season, Kyle is shooting a hair under 37% from distance. And boy, do they look pretty.

Despite Lowry's best efforts to bring home the W's for his team, the Raptors are doing everything they can to stay out of the playoff picture. Despite the overall putrescence of the East, Toronto has lost four in a row and find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

Toronto beat reporters themselves aren't quite sure of the team's direction. The Raptors have seemingly enough talent to make a run, but might instead sell their assets and buy some tickets for the 2014 NBA Draft. In either case, we'll be keeping a close eye for Lowry on the trading block.

Dante Cunningham

It was another quiet week for Dante. With only two games played in the past seven days, Cunningham's influence in the box score was minimal. He did however, put up 8 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes as the Timberwolves took down the Dallas Mavericks.

Perhaps more importantly, Coach Rick Adelman essentially split the playing time between Cunningham and newly acquired forward Luc "call me by my full name" Richard Mbah a Moute. LRMaM (definitely an easier type) struggled to produce in his minutes, scoring only six points and pulling down 9 rebounds in 43 total minutes. For now, it seems like Dante still has a firm hold on his role within the Timberwolves rotation.

Maalik Wayns

Villanova's former guard is still out as he rehabs his torn meniscus. The prognosis projected Wayns to be sidelined for around six weeks. Assuming the rehab is on schedule, we could be seeing his regular season debut sometime this upcoming week. Maalik's twitter handle remains optimistic.

Maurice Sutton

Big Mo Sutton continued his debut campaign in the D-league this past week. Against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Sutton logged his best statistical game of his short professional career; he notched 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He now is averaging 10.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks after four games. Mo', straight crushing it D-League style.

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