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The Pre-season college basketball polls are already being published

Your Links Round Up is back, in time for the long weekend


It’s been a while, and you missed this. We hope this quick set of links gets you to the Long Weekend!

Arizona rises up to the top in college basketball's Way-Too-Early Top 25 | ESPN
As other programs watched key contributors head off to the NBA, Arizona watched important players return to school and big recruits choose Tucson. As the Wildcats rocketed up the board, others took a step (or a few steps) down.

2018 NCAA Final Four Ticket Application
Applications for the Final Four in San Antonio close on 5/31.

NBA Draft Early Entry Winners and Losers | CollegeBasketballTalk
Who had the best month? And who had the worst?

2017-18 College Basketball Preseason All-American Team | CollegeBasketballTalk
There may be some surprises on here.

College basketball's national champion is often decided by who skips the NBA draft -
The freshmen get all the attention in the one-and-done era, but history shows that getting established vets back for one more year makes all the difference.

Paul VI’s Brandon Slater commits to play basketball for Villanova | The Washington Post
The junior guard lauded for his size and offensive refinement is among the best wing scorers in the nation.

Mike Bloomberg's Commencement Address at Villanova: Read |
During my time as mayor of New York City, I saw that discrimination firsthand. When a local developer proposed building a mosque near the World Trade Center, the media whipped people into a frenzy...

Success runs in Olivia Arizin's family, and so does she
Arizin is the granddaughter of Hall of Fame basketball player Paul Arizin, who played at Villanova and then for the Philadelphia Warriors. Arizin will run at Georgetown next year :(