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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for July 8, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring Pinkston's maturation, the July evaluation period, and the best GIFs of June.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Tomorrow kicks off the vaunted July evaluation or "live" period, which many consider to be the biggest recruiting month of the season. For all of you recruitniks, read the article below from NBC for a nice refresher on the rules and what to expect.

If you are new to the Villanova recruiting scene and want to get more involved, it's a great read on everything you need to know, and what it means when Jay Wright shows up vs. Ashley Howard.

And now, the "news."

Nova Notebook: Pinkston Prepared to Help Point the Way | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
JayVaughn Pinkston's productivity helped Villanova claim the BIG EAST regular season title in 2013-14. Now the native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is pointed toward his senior season in 2014-15.

What is the July evaluation period, and why is it so important? | CollegeBasketballTalk
July 9th, kicks off the 2014 July evaluation period, one of the most crucial stretches of the year for any college basketball team across the country. But there are many fans out there that may not be aware of what a "live period" is or what it means for coaches and the players they are recruiting or plan to recruit in the future.

Getting To Know Ross Ventrone |
Take a trip down memory lane at Villanova with Ross Ventrone.

Villanova University Named 2014 Green Business of the Year |
Yay for sustainability!

Updated CoBL D-I Recruiting Needs: Part 2 | City of Basketball Love
CoBL looks at the recruiting needs for the local Philly schools.

SB Nation's GIF Monthly | SB Nation
What was the best gif from June?

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France |
Are you just catching up on the Tour de France? Here's a helpful guide to use as cycling's biggest test winds through France.