Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! After what could be loosely described as a “rough” week, we could all use a little cheering up. What better way than to enjoy Villanova Basketball in the happiest place on Earth. The Wildcats are in Orlando this week for the AdvoCare Invitational, which happens to be played at Disney World.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a HUGE fan of both the Villanova and Disney, so how I’m not down there is a terrible tragedy. But because I know just as much about the Mouse as I do the Cats, I’m happy to let you know that both have a rich basketball tradition. And so today I’m going to put together my starting five of an all Disney Basketball team.
Quick note, I’m only using animated characters. That knocks out most of the Disney basketball movies like Air Bud, High School Musical, Flubber, or Glory Road to name a few. Now, let’s move on to the team.
Point Guard - Mickey Mouse
For Walt Disney, it all started with a mouse. And that’s where my team starts too. He’s small and quick to blow by defenders, he can hear his teammates from anywhere on the court, and he’s a part owner of the Orlando Magic. He’s the head of one of the biggest distribution organizations in the world, so that’s like passing, right? Then again, maybe I should have watched some tape before making this pick.
Shooting Guard - Merida of DunBroch
Super athleticism, deadly accuracy, and more competitive than anyone else on the court. Princess Merida might even be my number one pick given that I’d probably run Villanova’s offense and rain threes all day. She’d be my sharp shooter, and if you’ve seen the movie you know she can hit her mark in any pressure situation.
Small Forward - Tigger
Think Donte DiVincenzo but with stripes. Tigger is going to be crashing the boards, slashing through the paint, and of course dunking like he’s an NBA Jam character. On defense he’s good for blocks and steals, basically he can do it all. If only he wasn’t the only one.
Power Forward - Hercules
I can’t say it enough, every team should have a demi-god on it. In this case, Hercules can outmuscle anyone in the paint, but still has the range and accuracy to step outside the arc, And on top of all that, he has his own shoe line called Air-Herc. How don’t you go with him?
Center - Genie
I don’t think there’s a better rim protector in the Disney Universe than the Genie from Aladdin. Capable of becoming the size of the entire stadium, I think blocking a shot at the rim would be almost a minor task. He’s also capable of multiplying himself to give the team extra players on the court. This one almost feels like cheating... because it probably is.
That’s my Disney lineup, but let me know in the comments who you’d put on the court. At this point, maybe Villanova should see if some of these guys are available. I’d rather the team spend the rest of the year in Disney than watch another game like this.
In other “news”, Eric Paschall is still a first round pick, more fun with Villanova’s neighbors, and next year we could see a matchup of Top 5 rookie classes. Enjoy!
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