Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Some good pub for Jay Wright from Rivals as he gets the nod as one of the best coaches at identifying underrated talent and making it work for his program. We covered this topic a few months back in detail, but it bears repeating that you don't need one-and-dones to be succesful.
Now, Jay has brought in 5-star talent in two straight classes (and perhaps three if Lonnie Walker comes to town), so he's taking advantage of elite talent when he can get it too. That's the best of both worlds, and likely means 'Nova is going to continue to be one a Top 10 unit for the next few years.
And now, the "news."
Best coaches who identify under the radar talent | Rivals
Jay Wright is among the best at identifying and developing underrated talent, and it's downright scary that he can pull elite recruits as well.
Candid Coaches: Which college coach will be the next to make the jump to the NBA? | CBSSports.com
To nobody's surprise, Jay Wright got plenty of votes. One more National Championship, and this might be a reality.
Five most interesting recruitments in the 2017 ESPN 100 | ESPN *$)
Jay Wright and his staff are still making the strongest push for Lonnie Walker, but the gap has closed.
A look at where the top Villanova targets ended up in the most recent class of 2017 Scout Top 100 | Scout ($)
Villanova is looking for a big time class of 2017. Here is a look at where the Wildcats lone commitment and top targets finished in the most recent Scout Top 100 rankings update.
Villanova DE Kpassagnon ready to tackle his next test | delcotimes.com
At 6-7 and 290 pounds, Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is under the microscope, which is only fitting for the son of a research scientist.
Villanova QB Bednarczyk has cost-cutting goal | Philly.com
The pass last week at practice left Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk's hand, spiraled over the line and sailed to the sidelines. Nobody was open. Nobody will remember the play. But there was applause.
Chad Ford NBA Mock Draft 1.0 | ESPN ($)
Chad Ford debuts his NBA mock draft for 2017, with top prospects heading to the Celtics, Sixers and Lakers. Check out where the next generation of stars is likely to land. One Villanovan makes the first round... but it's Jalen Brunson, not Josh Hart.
Hartford makes smart decision to allow ‘Pancake’ Thomas transfer | CollegeBasketballTalk
Nevermind that decision. This guy's name is Pancake and shame on you Jay Wright for not trying to bring him in via transfer.
Champions Classic retains Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State through 2019 | ESPN
Perennial college basketball powers Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State have renewed their deals with the Champions Classic through 2019.
Where should Big 12 expansion go with basketball | ESPN
It's clear that football drives Big 12 expansion, but basketball cannot be ignored. Which schools should the conference be looking at if it wants to raise its profile on the court?
It’s Gregg Popovich’s basketball world to dominate now | SBNation.com
USA basketball's future dominance is in Popovich's hands. Maybe Jay Wright ends up on his staff?