Fans of 'Nova Nation had the chance to whet their appetites for Villanova basketball this past week if they were able to catch any of the alumni doing work in the pros. Let's check in on them to see how they're doing. (Spoiler Alert: We have Mo Sutton sighting!!!)
The former All-American didn't make a whole lot of noise in his debut week for the Denver Nuggets. Foye averaged around 10 ppg, 3 rpg, and 2 apg. He did, however, get the fans on their feet with this sweet lob to The Manimal.
The most important number to watch for Foye this season will be his 3-point percentage. Through the first three games, he's shooting just under 36%, a slight decline from his career average. Obviously it's early on in the season, but the Nuggets were hoping their new shooting guard could hover above the 40% range. Fortunately for 'Nova fans, his main competition, Evan Fournier, is shooting a paltry 16% from distance.
Foye was also named in a statistical study about the NBA players who nobody will pass to - let's hope that doesn't hold much water.
Lowry turned in a solid opening performance for the Toronto Raptors; he's averaged around 14 ppg, 5 apg, and 4 rpg. The Villanova alumnus has become a consistent stat-sheet-stuffer. If you've got him on your fantasy team, get ready for a solid year.
Unfortunately, life isn't quite that simple up North of the border. There have been consistent trade rumors swirling around the Raptors organization. Apparently, almost no one is safe. Lowry has tried to keep his mind free of the distractions. In an interview with Hoopsworld.com, he said that "Right now, I'm in a mode where I can't think about the future. I have to think about the present and what's happening right now."
Normally, though, letting your game do the talking is the best way to set yourself up for an appealing future. Right now, Lowry is doing just that.
Cunningham got off to a great start for the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring ten points and hauling in 6 boards in 20 minutes of play against the Magic. Unfortunately, he's been quiet since. In his next three contests, Cunningham averaged only 2 points in his 16 minutes on the court per game.
The article Chris linked us to on Wednesday sheds some light onto this trend. Dante has been seeing the floor less due to a finally healthy Wolves roster. It seems like, barring an injury to a starter, the Villanova favorite will be on the court less than he was hoping to entering the season.
He could be possible trade bait as the season wears on.
Villanova's former guard continues to rehab his torn meniscus. In the meantime, Darren Collison has filled the role of backup to Chris Paul with limited success. Then again, Chris Paul is playing better than anybody in the NBA at the present time.
Perhaps more importantly, the Clippers haven't signed any additional guards since Wayns' injury. Hopefully, this is an indication of commitment to the Villanova alumnus.
I can't help but get excited writing about Maurice Sutton. The day after Halloween brought all treats and no tricks to the former Villanova fan favorite, as he was drafted in the 3rd round of the D-League draft by the Tulsa 66ers. With highlights like this, how could they resist?? He'll share the floor with fellow Big East alumni Ron Anderson of South Florida and Andy Rautins from Syracuse. Go get them Mo!