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Villanova Basketball's Ashley Howard is one of the top recruiters in the country

Shout out to the rest of the staff too.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Apologies for the lead story being a pay article today, but it's cool to see assistant coach Ashley Howard mentioned with some of the best recruiters in the country. Villanova has a different, team-based recruiting approach than most schools, but Howard's Philadelphia roots are a big deal and he's well-regarded so it's really no surprise to see him mentioned among the best.

You'll have to have ESPN Insider to read the full piece, but the Worldwide Leader also gives a shout out to Baker Dunleavy and Kyle Neptune as well.

And now, the "news."

Villanova's Ashley Howard makes Top 15 of CBB recruiter rankings | ESPN ($)
Which college basketball assistants are the most formidable on the recruiting trail? Jeff Capel tops the list, and 40 others were recognized.

Villanova's tiny arena doesn't match up with proud basketball tradition | Metro
It’s time for the Villanova Wildcats to build a new arena.

College basketball's senior class in 2015-2016 imparts advice | ESPN
As a rare, senior-dominated season winds down, college basketball's elder statesmen impart wisdom to the freshman version of themselves. Villanova's Arcidiacono and Ochefu are included.

Jake Froccaro Named USILA/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week |
The honors keep rolling in for Villanova mens lacrosse junior Jake Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) who has been named both the USILA/Lids Team Sports Division I Offensive Player of the Week and Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week. Angel Piccirillo and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner Earn NCAA Championships Bids |

Senior middle distance runner Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) and sophomore Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) were each selected for the field of participants for the NCAA Championships in an announcement made on Monday evening. Piccirillo is a qualifier in both the Mile and the 3000 meters, while Cleirigh Buttner earned a spot in the 800 meters. They will compete at the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 11-12. Patrick Tiernan and Villanova DMR Squad Earn NCAA Championships Selection |

Senior distance runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) and the Villanova distance medley relay team were selected to the field for the NCAA Championships in an announcement made on Monday evening. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Wildcats will send a DMR team to the national indoor meet, while Tiernan is an individual qualifier for the championships in the 3000 meters. The 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala. on March 11-12.

College basketball's Championship Week is America's only perfect sports tradition |
The madness before the madness is upon us, which means it's time for a full rundown of what and who to be on the watch for over the course of the next two weeks.

Coaches to ban tackling from Ivy League football practices |
Ivy League football coaches have unanimously voted to eliminate full-contact tackling from regular-season practices.