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JayVaughn Pinkston News Could Come Next Week

According to Adam Zagoria, Villanova could be getting a final verdict on freshman JayVaughn Pinkston sometime next week. Jay Wright talked with the press in advance of Tuesday's matchup with the UCLA Bruins at Madison Square Garden.

"We could get an answer next week from the school based on whatever they decide," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said Tuesday in advance of his team’s game Wednesday with UCLA in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

"It’s a pretty serious matter. That’s why I don’t want to say anything that would influence any decision. We’re just going to wait for the process. I just have a gut that next week we could possibly have an answer."

The long-awaited decision, ever since Pinkston was charged with two counts of simple assaultt a couple of weeks ago.

The loss of Pinkston hasn't been felt yet according to Wright, but he is expected to be a contributor this year.

"It’s becoming less impactful because we haven’t had him now for a while," Wright said. "But at the beginning of the season, he was a big part of what we’re doing. He looked great in the preseason. He gave us an extra perimeter player with his size. He can shoot it, put it on the floor. He was one of our best passers."

Pinkston, listed at 6'6", was expected to play meaningful minutes for the Villanova Wildcats this year, especially following the injury to fellow freshman James Bell. Bell is now expected back sometime in mid-December.