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Jay Wright confirms negative recruiting against Villanova, but does it matter?


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Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaay! Media Day has come and gone, and it sure looked like a lot of fun. Especially the part where everyone wondered aloud how they could beat Villanova.

On the 'did ya know' side though, Zags has a story below about the increase in negative recruiting directed at Villanova. And how do you do that to the reigning champs, and the program that has won more games than anybody in the last three years? Apparently tell kids that Jay Wright doesn't want you in the NBA.

Jay's retort, and his public statements in the past, pretty much directly contradict that theory, but it is interesting nonetheless. And it also hasn't really hurt 'Nova at all (see: they're winning a ton). Villanova has never been, and probably never will, be in the one-and-done game. They'll just keep chugging along and churning out winners anyways.

And now, the "news."

Are schools negative recruiting against Villanova on the one-and-done issue? | ZagsBlog
Recruits have been honest with Jay Wright: they're being told he doesn't want to put kids in the NBA.

What will it take for a Big East team to dethrone Villanova? | Asbury Park Press
Villanova has won the last three Big East regular-season championships. What will it take for someone else to claim the crown?

Villanova's Jenkins and The Shot that never dies | Philadelphia Inquirer
The Shot already is part of history, living in collective memories, resting with the other "greatest" plays in American sports.

Q&A with five-star wing Lonnie Walker | Scout
Five-star wing Lonnie Walker is in the midst of an intense recruitment. Walker discussed his first official to Miami, plus his upcoming trips and what he likes about the schools left on his list.

Will Arizona pull five-star Lonnie Walker away from Villanova? | ($)
Once thought to be a heavy Villanova lean, Lonnie Walker is entering the final stretch of his recruitment -- and Arizona has emerged in good position.

College basketball's All-Rolls Royce team | ESPN
They are the best of the best, college basketball's top-level players. That's why they are Rolls Roycers. One thing: no diaper dandies allowed. You have to earn your way onto these teams.

A Look at the Importance and Possible Rise of Zone Defenses in College Basketball | Barstool Sports
Villanova ran zone 24% of the time in the NCAA Tournament and graded out as excellent per Synergy Sports. They forced turnovers 20% of the time, which is an unreal number and only gave up .678 points per possession.

Everything you need to know with college basketball one month away | ESPN
From Kris Jenkins' next act after his title-winning shot to Harry Giles and the most talked about knee in the sport, we have you covered. Everything you need to know a month before opening night.

At Big East basketball media day, Georgetown looks over and up at Villanova | The Washington Post
John Thompson III’s team will try to rebound from a humbling losing season.

Villanova's Andy Talley, DI's winningest active coach, visits Virginia one last time | Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sports
Division I’s winningest active coach will be in Richmond this weekend. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer? Alabama’s Nick Saban? Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops? Nope!

Eagles sign LB Don Cherry, CB Duke Thomas to practice squad | CSN Philly
The Eagles made two swaps on their practice squad Tuesday, signing LB Don Cherry and CB Duke Thomas and releasing a pair of players.

Here’s how you can play a college basketball version of NBA 2K17 |
You can find 36 college teams, areas and coaches in NBA 2K17 thanks to a community upload. Check out the screen shot of a Villanova v. North Carolina simulation.