Happy Hump Day Nova Nation! While the NBA officially opened up the 2018-19 season last night, the majority of the action gets going this evening. It’s also a big night for Villanova fans, as nearly half of tonight’s games will feature former Wildcats. And former Champions Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono don’t even play until tomorrow!
In total, eight former Villanova players have started the season on NBA rosters. That’s the most Wildcats in the NBA at the same time in school history. The former record was six in the 2006-07 season when Alvin Williams, Tim Thomas, and Malik Allen were joined by Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, and Allan Ray. This season will see a similar influx of rookies, as veterans Kyle Lowry, Dante Cunningham, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Josh Hart are joined by draft picks Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman, and Jalen Brunson.
To help you stay up to date with how your favorite NBA stars from the Main Line are doing this season, VUHoops will soon be kicking off bi-weekly roundups of stats and story developments for all Nova’s former players. Be sure to stay tuned for the latest, and join us in rooting on some of the greatest players to ever come through the Villanova program. Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!
In other “news”, Jay Wright is awesome, recruiting updates, and the first of the college basketball trials is wrapping up. Enjoy!
'Nova in the NBA: A first look at the Ex-Wildcats in the League | The Villanovan
A preview of all the former Wildcats suiting up for NBA teams at the start of the season.
College basketball Villanova Wildcats Jay Wright tops coaches at developing talent | ESPN+ ($)
Villanova's Jay Wright leads the way in getting his players to improve from year to year. See which other coaches get the best results.
2018-19 Big East Preview: Can Villanova withstand losing NBA draft picks? | NBC Sports
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College Basketball’s Breakout Stars | NBC Sports
CollegeBasketballTalk unveils the players to keep an eye on this season who are destined to become breakout stars.
College basketball: These schools have improved the most on their preseason AP poll ranking in the past 15 years | NCAA.com
We analyzed the preseason and final AP polls from each of the last 15 seasons, and tracked which schools have improved upon their preseason rankings the most in the last decade and a half.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl nearing a decision? | Keeping It Heel
Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels took an all-in approach on big men in the class of 2019, and one their top targets could be announcing his decision soon.
Q&A with 2021 five-star AJ Griffin | 247 Sports
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Behind the bracket: How to schedule to reach the tournament | ESPN+ ($)
Mark Few is counting on Gonzaga's rough nonconference schedule to earn the Zags a No. 1 seed. What other teams are scheduling for March?
Jury concludes hearing evidence at college basketball trial | NBC Sports
Closing arguments in the trial of James Gatto, Merl Code Jr. and Christian Dawkins are set to begin Wednesday.