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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for April 29th, 2013

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring water polo, big news for the nBE, and Rick Pitino ain't no welcher.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I'm back (mostly) in one piece from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Big thank yous to Mike and Brian for the assist last week. Their use of terms like "stumble" and "AWOL" were not incorrect. In all seriousness, if you haven't made it down to the Big Easy, I highly recommend it. Moved solidly into my top 5 favorite cities in the world.

A pair of CAA football players were picked out of Villanova's conference rivals in the weekend's NFL draft, but no Wildcats heard their names called. While some small school prospects have been fielding calls about signing undrafted free agent (UDFA) contracts or coming to rookie camps to try-out, a source has told Brian Ewart that none of the 'Cats prospects have locked anything down yet.

On to the links!

Women's Water Polo - Ishida and Ng Earn All-MAAC Recognition - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior center Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) and freshman driver Naomi Ng (Kapolei, Hawaii) were each named all-conference selections on Friday evening, as the MAAC presented its postseason awards on the night before play begins in the conference tournament. Ishida garnered a spot on the All-MAAC First Team and is also one of 10 student-athletes from Villanova to be named to the MAAC All-Academic squad. Ng is a second team all-conference pick.

Women's Water Polo Falls to Wagner in MAAC Championships - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the semifinal round of the 2013 MAAC Water Polo Championships, the No. 4 seed Villanova Wildcats lost to the No. 1 seed Wagner College Seahawks by a score of 13-3

Rick Pitino keeps promise, gets a tattoo on his back -
A Hall of Fame basketball coach now has a red Feather L tattoo on his back.

Doug McDermott will return to Creighton for senior season -
Creighton All-American Doug McDermott announced Thursday that he'd bypass the NBA Draft and return to school for his senior year. McDermott averaged 23.2 points per game as a junior during the 2013 season.

Digger Phelps diagnosed with bladder cancer -
ESPN announced Thursday that former Notre Dame head coach and current analyst Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with cancer.

NBA Player Jason Collins Says He's Gay -
After endless discussion and speculation about the possibility of an active player in a major American sport coming out of the closet, NBA center Jason Collins did just that. He did so via an essay in Sports Illustrated. He hopes that his experience will be as positive, like that of Villanova alumnus Will Sheridan, whose teammates never wavered in their support when he told them his story.