Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I'll get to the recruiting stuff later today - and there is plenty of digest in today's links, but I had a quick conversation with a fellow Villanovan this weekend about how the 'Cats will respond next year. Dealing with success can be difficult, and with so much of last year's team coming back there will be the need to hit reset.
Yes, they'll be one of the best teams in the country and should act like it (i.e. confident) but losing the "nobody believes in us" card can be tough. I'm confident that this group wont' lose there edge, but it is something to watch moving forward.
And now, the "news."
Villanova balances celebrating with getting back to basketball | City of Basketball Love
Coach Jay Wright normally has an end-of-the-year meeting with his team to discuss what was accomplished during the past season. Wright has scheduled a bunch of meetings in the past two weeks, but they haven’t been about what the Wildcats did -- they were about what they were about to do.
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree commits to Villanova | City of Basketball Love
"They provide a great family atmosphere, and they showed that to me throughout my recruitment," Cosby-Roundtree said over the phone. "I just feel it's a great environment and I can be successful."
Reading's Walker stepping up onto national stage | City of Basketball Love
Over the last several weeks and months, Lonnie Walker has undoubtedly earned the privilege of being recruited by the nation’s elite college basketball programs; fresh off leading Reading High School to a District 3 title and the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament, the newly-minted Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year used the first two sessions of Nike’s EYBL circuit to make his case as the best shooting guard in the 2017 class.
N-G star Cosby-Roundtree commits to Villanova | Philly.com
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 center at Neumann-Goretti, has committed to play for NCAA tournament champion Villanova. The 215-pound junior and his mother, Ayesha, visited Villanova on Thursday night.
Hameir Wright shows big time improvement at the EYBL | Scout
Maybe the school that has been on Wright the strongest is Villanova. The national champs have been a presence at his games, and Wright had a chance to see the Wildcats get one of their biggest wins of the regular season.
Villanova a virtual lock to make DJ Harvey's next cut | Scout
It sounds like Harvey is planning to cut his list again, and Villanova is among a host of schools that will definitely make it.
Kevin Knox recaps three of his in-home visits | MADE Hoops
As we surmised, that in-home with Villanova didn't happen due to a conflict with practice for Knox.
20 players in the 2016 NBA Draft who would be smart to return to college | CBSSports.com
Here's 20 players who have declared for the draft but would be wise to come back for another season of college basketball. A certain someone endeared by Villanova fans is on the list...
ACC or Big 12? Which league was best in college basketball | SI
The Big East produced the national champion, the ACC had the best collective NCAA tournament performance and the Big 12 dominated the regular season. So which league the best in college basketball this year?
Villanova Fans Fuel a Thrilling Victory in the NCAA Championship | FiveThirtyEight
Executing a first-ever analysis – Degree Deodorant, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, zeroed in on college hoops’ the biggest stage, to unearth the reciprocal relationship that fans have with the outcome of the game. The results uncover an interesting narrative.
Villanova president traces roots back to Royal Oak’s Fifth Street | Macomb Daily
Father Donohue was born in the Bronx, but moved with his family to Royal Oak when he was in the fifth grade. He attended St. Mary Catholic School in Royal Oak through the 12th grade before going to Philadelphia and attending Villanova.