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Catching Up with the 'Cats: Week 3

Patterns are beginning to emerge as the NBA season hits full throttle. Keep on reading to see if the Wildcat Alumni are holding their own in the pros!

Ethan Miller

Randy Foye

It was a quiet week for former All-American Randy Foye. His best game came against Oklahoma City, where he logged 11 points and dished out 4 assists. Outside of that, there wasn't too much to cheer about as Foye continues to struggle from distance. Denver Stiffs,the Nuggets SB Nation blog. explains how the Villanova alum's deficiencies from downtown are just one element of the team's collective inability to shoot.

The Nuggets continued their losing ways; their record stands at 4-6. If this trend persists, expect the call for Frenchman Evan Fournier to get a little louder, while Foye could begin to be the subject of trade rumors.

Kyle Lowry

Lowry remains one of the few bright spots for the Toronto Raptors. The explosive guard showed off his versatility in two separate games. He first struck against the Memphis Grizzlies, posting a season high 21 points paired with 6 assists and 60% shooting from the field. He also helped make this happen.

Then, against the upstart Portland Trailblazers and Damian Lillard, Lowry flirted with a triple-double, racking up 10 points, 10 assists, 7 boards, and adding 4 steals. Lowry is fourth in the league with a assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.82.

While the floor general continues to focus on winning, the Raptors might have other plans. If our friendly franchise up north decides this season is a lost cause (a very real possibility), Lowry might find himself square on the trading block. If the pieces were to fall in the right place, a change of scenery might be a positive for the veteran's career arc.

Dante Cunningham

Number 33 turned in some very solid performances for the Minnesota Timberwolves this past week. Averaging 10 points, 3 boards, and around an assist, steal, and block per game in 25 minutes of action, Cunningham continues to solidify himself as a integral part of the Wolves bench. His week was highlighted by his best game of the season to date, where he scored 12 and stuffed the rest of the stat sheet with 4 rebounds, 3 dimes, and 5 steals against the Celtics. That's a lot of steals! Check out the highlights here. It looks like he's extended the range of his jumper to just inside the 3-point line.


If he's able to compete like this consistently, Coach Rick Adelman may have no choice but to play the Villanova alumnus more. This FoxSports article (I'm officially a fan-boy for FoxSports now on all media fronts, if you haven't noticed) notes how Cunningham has managed to outperform and outproduce the former second overall pick, Derrick Williams.

Of all the Villanova Alumni in the pros, I'm rooting for Dante the hardest. Assuming he can sustain this success, Coach Wright will have hard evidence for big-men recruits that they can come to Guard U and still make it to the top.

Maalik Wayns

Villanova's former guard is still out as he rehabs his torn meniscus. His Twitter feed is in mid-season form, however.

The backup point guard spot behind Chris Paul is still up for grabs as Darren Collison continues to underwhelm. Ideally, Wayns could fulfill a role similar to that of Eric Bledsoe. When he gets back in uniform, his efficiency numbers will be most important for the young guard and his NBA dreams.

Maurice Sutton

It's tip-off week for the Tulsa 66ers, home of past Villanova fan-favorite Mo Sutton. Sutton's main competition for minutes will be Jon Kreft and Grant Jarrett out of Arizona. I won't even pretend to know whether this is good or bad for Mo's season outlook; once the games start we'll be able to gain some insight on what to expect.

Let's hope pushing those buttons will get him all the way up to the Association.

Corey Stokes

Uh oh...bad news from Maine. Corey Stokes no longer appears on the Red Claws 2013-2014 roster. Intense investigative reporting (i.e. somebody spilled the beans in another thread) has let us know that Stokes was released from the Maine outfit. We'll keep an eye peeled for his next move, but it could be back to Europe for Stokes. He spent time in both Cyprus and Sweden last year.

Who has impressed you the most so far this season? Any predictions moving forward?