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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Basketball leads a strong Big East recruiting class

Jay Wright has it humming right along.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Tons of articles recapping yesterday - also know as the first day of the early signing period. Villanova gets pretty much top marks from anyone and everyone, which should surprise nobody here. On to the class of 2017!

And now, the "news."

Five-star Omari Spellman leads the way for the Big East | Scout
It has been a solid year for the Big East led by five-star Omari Spellman. Here is an in-depth look at the conference as a whole.

Dylan Painter and Matt Brier talk Hershey and Villanova hoops - Video | PennLive.com
Painter is headed to Villanova next season, but first comes high expectations at Hershey.

Villanova signs prized power forward Omari Spellman| Philly.com
Another national signing day has brought another nationally ranked basketball recruit to Villanova, the highest rated since 2010.

National Signing Day: Big East | HoopSeen
Sure, this isn’t your father’s Big East but it still is a more than capable conference of getting four or more programs in the NCAA Tournament in any given year, especially as they continue to recruit at an elite level.

Painter and Spellman Ink National Letters of Intent | Villanova.com
Villanova announced the signing of two standout prospects, Dylan Painter and Omari Spellman, to national letters of intent on the first day of the signing period Wednesday.

Brunson impressing team early in collegiate career | The Villanovan
After back-to-back disappointments in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015, the pressure is mounting for the Wildcats to not only excel in the Big East but also later this season in March.

Talley Speaks at Weekly Media Press Conference | Villanova.com
Villanova head football coach Andy Talley spoke to the media at his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon.weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon. Talley touched on last Saturdays win versus Rhode Island, their upcoming game against Richmond, and the Spiders potent threat offensively.

’Nova hosts Richmond on Homecoming weekend | The Villanovan
Not too long ago, Villanova’s defense was a major question mark on an otherwise strong football team. Over the past month, however, this veteran unit has stepped up and kept the Wildcats relevant in the Colonial Athletic Conference. Not too long ago, Villanova’s defense was a major question mark on an otherwise strong football team.

Student-athletes and SpO athletes share unique bond | The Villanovan
Villanova University is the official host of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania festival, one of four statewide Special Olympic events. Villanova University is the official host of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania festival, one of four statewide Special Olympic events.

NBA Superlatives: Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham | New Orleans Pelicans
Dante Cunningham has played for five different NBA teams during his seven-year pro career, including spending most of his time in the Western Conference, with Portland, Memphis, Minnesota and New Orleans. In 2015-16, the Pelicans combo forward will attempt to reach the NBA playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time. Cunningham was instrumental during New Orleans’ push to the postseason in 2014-15, after signing as a free agent in December.

St. John's freshman Marcus LoVett ruled partial qualifier by NCAA | Big East Coast Bias
LoVett can practice with the team, but may not play in any games. A rough year just got a lot rougher for the Johnnies.

#12 Villanova | SB Nation's 2015 College Basketball Season Preview
Get excited for the NCAA basketball season with our top 25 teams, predictions, and 100 players you should know. Here's the Villanova preview...

UAB coach Jerod Haase gives nearly $46K to school's basketball players - CBSSports.com
Jerod Haase donated more than 5 percent of his yearly salary to the UAB program

NJ Devils Owner's Helicopter Parks On Soccer Field, Cancels Youth Game | Deadspin
A youth soccer game at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., was called off Sunday night after a helicopter touched down in the middle of the pitch and stayed there. This was no emergency landing, however: the vehicle was there to pick up Josh Harris, billionaire owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers.