Morning Nova Nation! It's that time of year again where everyone has an opinion, an inside scoop, or some other sort of insight into whether a talented underclassman at Villanova will test the NBA Draft waters early. The truth is that only Jalen Brunson and those close to him really know which way he's leaning, but that isn't going to stop the rest of us from speculating.
According to today's lead article, Brunson is pretty sure he knows what his plan is, but he's staying quiet until he's 100% sure. In my opinion, the hush factor with this one is an indicator that he's leaning towards coming back. The only reason to stay quiet would be so that he can still get an invite to the combine and get some feedback from NBA scouts. If he were to just announce he's returning now, that source of information gets shut off. That said, it wouldn't be a complete shock if he decides to go now because personally he has nothing left to prove. Other than that he can do it again without another All-American on the team.
If you're looking for a silver lining in all this uncertainty, it's that there's minimal to no buzz around Mikal Bridges. That's a pretty good sign that he'll be back next year despite some speculation he could leave earlier this season. And now, to the "news".
Villanova's Jalen Brunson will decide this week on whether to enter draft | Philly.com
The sophomore is "pretty sure" on what he’ll do. But he’s not saying yet.
Interview with Villanova commit Jermaine Samuels at the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic | YouTube
Expressions Elite veteran/Villanova commit Jermaine Samuels speaks with D1 SportsEngine.
Villanova's Tanoh Kpassagnon making name for himself with NFL draft rise | USA Today
Tanoh Kpassagnon, who measures in at 6-foot-7 and 287 pounds, is turning heads among evaluators.
College basketball 2017 coaching moves: Ranking the hirings of the biggest jobs filled | CBSSports.com
Which of the top hires were slam dunks, quality hires or just plain risky? Georgetown and Ewing fall into the "risky" category.
Penn Relays: McElroy, 1984 Womens DMR Earn Wall of Fame Induction | Villanova.com
A new class of inductees to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame was announced on Monday afternoon and Villanova will continue its unrivaled history at the worlds most historic track meet with both an individual athlete and a relay team among the Wall of Fame honorees.