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Villanova’s Jay Wright has a chance at Olympic Gold with USA Basketball

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Popovich is bringing Wright up to the big time.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Two summers ago we all got to cheer on Kyle Lowry as he and Team USA won Gold at the Olympics in Brazil. At the 2020 Olympics in Japan, Jay Wright is going to get his chance to do the same.

Gregg Popovich has named Wright as an assistant coach on Team USA, along with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. Wright has been associated with USA Basketball for a while now, assisting with some of the teams at both the professional and collegiate level. However, this will be his first appearance on the “main stage” of International Basketball.

This is a huge deal for Jay Wright, especially as the only college coach asked to be a part of the staff. USA basketball had previously been coached by Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, who often had Jim Boeheim by his side as an assistant. Now as the hottest coach at the collegiate level, Wright will carry the torch (maybe literally?) for the college game on the world stage. That includes a likely trip to the World Cup in 2019, as well as the Olympics in 2020.

But beyond the international competition, this is HUGE for Wright’s recruiting cred as he creates more ties to the NBA. Not only will he have sent players to the next level, but now he’ll be coaching and working closely with the best players in the world. It’s not going to create the same uptick that two National Championships will get you, but it’s still great.

Congratulations to Head Coach Jay Wright! Now not just the coach of Nova Nation, but coach of THE Nation!

In other “news”, updates on commits and recruits, we have a Scottie Reynolds sighting, and all of college basketball is going to miss Jalen Brunson this season. Enjoy!

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