Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Last night the Villanova Wildcats had their annual Christmas Party at the swanky digs of head coach Jay Wright. While my invitation seems to have been lost in the mail yet again, twitter made it look like a fun night for everyone.
A great Villanova Basketball tradition - our basketball family Christmas party !! pic.twitter.com/VPibfBrrGC— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) December 20, 2018
Despite not knowing this event was taking place, I’ve done some last minute shopping and put together some great gifts for everyone. However, I am on a budget this year, so some people are going to have to share:
Phil Booth, Collin Gillespie, and Jahvon Quinerly: A Time Share
No, this isn’t a lavish condo in Florida, it’s a more even distribution of minutes between the three Wildcats that run the point guard position. Booth (33.3) and Gillespie (29.8) are logging a large number of minutes, and they’re currently the only ones charged with bringing the ball up the court. Granted, for this to happen Quinerly needs to improve on defense and re-earn the trust of his coach and teammates (both of which are reportedly on the right track). Booth and Gillespie can certainly make things happen with the ball in their hands, but they’re even better off-ball. The team is better when they’re not being shoe horned into point-guard, and Quinerly is the player that can make that happen.
Joe Cremo and Cole Swider: A Screen Door
In their last six games, Cremo and Swider have combined for more than five three point attempts once. In their last game against Kansas, Cremo had zero attempts from deep while Swider missed his only attempt. These two players were heralded as great three-point shooters, but right now they’re not getting the looks. They need some plays drawn up to specifically get them some looks each game. Whether it’s a teammate setting a screen, lathering them with sun screen, or installing a screen door on the court, someone set a pick for these guys!
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Jermaine Samuels, Saddiq Bey: Cinnabon
This one’s a bit of a stretch but stick with me. A cinnabon is a ROLL that you usually PICK at once you OPEN the box. Get it, these guys are always open on the pick and roll! Unfortunately, the ball handlers seem to be allergic to finding them. But the same way I can find a cinnabon in any airport in the country, the guards would find these guys if they had a cinnabon on them. Be right back, I need to go get a cinnabon.
Eric Paschall: Cinnabon
Yeah, I know, I just gave out one of these tasty treats. But this isn’t for Paschall to eat, it’s for him to hold for about 20 minutes. That should make his hands sufficiently sticky enough to hold onto the ball when he’s driving and spinning through the lane. Paschall’s the only player on the team right now averaging 2+ turnovers per game, hopefully this helps with that.
Brandon Slater, Tim Delaney, and the Bench Mob: Binnoculars
Sorry guys, but this isn’t going to be your season. If we’re still pining for rotation guys to get some development minutes, the guys that are out of the current rotation are probably sentenced to the bench this season. At least with a nice pair of binoculars they can watch the game from the end of the bench, and maybe even see into next season when they’ll be able to get some minutes. That last one may only apply to Slater.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
In other “news”, UConn’s almost here, Roy Williams gets extended, and I buy stock in Cinnabon. Enjoy!
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