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The year of the freshmen went out with a whimper.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Quick sub in from me before I jet back out on paternity leave (we have that here, right?). It's tough to talk about the Final Four unless you're rooting for Dylan Ennis or rooting for South Carolina to knock off the big boys. But there is a silver lining of sorts -- the 'year of the freshman' didn't exactly materialize

Villanova as a fanbase is really good at not star-f*cking recruiting rankings to death, but the media would still have you believe that you need to be Kentucky or Duke to actually be good. None of this year's Final Four participants built their roster that way.

Villanova won it that way last year, and isn't likely to change the approach. More positive results should follow.

And now, the "news."

The 2017 Final Four has star power even without ‘one-and-dones’ | SBNation.com
College basketball’s "year of the freshman" will end without a single one-and-done taking the sport’s biggest stage.

Villanova Basketball will be loaded in 2018 | HERO Sports
3 key pieces exit, but the incoming talent is there to stay among the elite.

Villanova Pro Day could yield multiple draft picks | Villanova.com
Tanoh Kpassagnon is a lock to be drafted - and seems to be skyrocketing up the mocks. But Brad Seaton is beginning to get mid-round draft grades as well, and Austin Calitro has UDFA potential. Former 'Cat Kevin Monangai joined them at Pro Day as well.

Eagles sign Chris Long, son of Villanova legend Howie Long | Bucks Local News
The former #2 overall draft pick is now 32, and hasn't really lived up to the hype thus far.

The 2017 Final Four has star power even without ‘one-and-dones’ | SBNation.com
College basketball’s "year of the freshman" will end without a single one-and-done taking the sport’s biggest stage.

Former Villanova player Dylan Ennis finally gets to the Final Four | Bob Ford
When Dylan Ennis asked to meet with Jay Wright in the Villanova coach's office soon after the 2014-15 season, Wright could have probably listed a few possible reasons for the request from the 6-foot-2 guard who would be one of his three senior captains the following season.

Michael Porter Jr. is the superstar recruit the basketball world orbits around | SBNation.com
Michael Porter Jr. can’t miss. Basketball’s next big thing has had a wild ride to get to this point.