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Morning Cup O' Mud: Basketball Recruiting & More Football Commitments

Semi-busy day yesterday in terms of Villanova news. Late at night 2 days ago, it was reported that Jay Wright reportedly offered a 2013 shooting guard who wasn't previously on our radar. Make sure to get familiar with Allerik Freeman.

Villanova Offers 2013 Shooting Guard Allerik Freeman | The Nova Blog
The Villanova Wildcats have reported offered class of 2013 shooting guard Allerik Freeman, who is currently ranked as the #44 player in the class of 2013.

'Nova might be getting to the party a little late here, and judging from some interviews, Freeman seems pretty enamored with N.C. State, but it's worth keeping an eye on. We've also reportedly offered Terrence Samuel, who you'll remember has already confirmed interest in Villanova.

Jumping one more year ahead, a Top-10 prospect listed Villanova on his early list of schools he's looking at.

2014 Forward Dakari Johnson Lists Villanova | The Nova Blog
2014 uber-prospect Dakari Johnson recently listed Villanova in his early list of schools according to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.

Andy Talley also picked up some good news in the form of two more verbal commitments on Monday.

Tonah Kpassagnon & Aaron Wells Commit To Villanova Football | The Nova Blog
Villanova Wildcats head football coach Andy Talley received two more verbal commitments in Tonah Kpassagnon and Aaron Wells on Monday to bring his 2012 class to 8 as the team prepares for the new season

Good momentum as we inch closer to the season, and hopefully closer to an FBS announcement.

More news from around the conference after The Jump.

Karl Hobbs named new director of basketball ops | The UConn Blog
Former George Washington head coach Karl Hobbs takes over as the men's basketball director of basketball operations.

Syracuse Orange Basketball Schedule Updated | Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
The latest SU hoops schedule, as we know it.

The Maple Street Press Irish Kickoff Series: Part One (Offense) | One Foot Down
There are many questions about the Notre Dame offense. Pat Mitsch, editor of MSP Irish Kickoff 2011, is here to help us answer some of them.

Will Eagles Rely On Dion Lewis As Shady's Backup in 2011? | Cardiac Hill
For any Pitt fans (or Eagles fans for that matter) hoping to see Dion Lewis back up Lesean McCoy in Philadelphia this season, that might not happen. A writer on the Eagles' official website weighs in on the issue and doesn't think Lewis will be the primary backup in his rookie year.

When Life Imitates Art: Louisville Football and Saved by the Bell | Card Chronicle
Louisville football and Saved By The Bell? Definitely worth the read.