Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! ICYMI, 4-star class of 2019 forward Eric Dixon from nearby Abington saw a quick flood of Crystal Ball picks for the good guys. It’s no secret that Villanova is hot after Dixon and he’s in a pro-Nova area, so maybe something to keep an eye on in the near future.
In the meantime, take a look at the video below which was produced by the local newspaper. Gives you a sense for his size and demeanor, both of which look like they would fit well in Villanova’s system.
And now, the “news.”
Video: Eric Dixon, The Big Man on Campus for Abington Boys Basketball | Bucks County Courier Times
Abington junior forward Eric Dixon has always been one of the tallest in his grade and now his success on the court is gaining him national recognition. Dixon is on the radar of several top college programs and even the US national team.
Humble Bridges Lets His Game Speak Volumes | BIG EAST
Two months after his vicious dunk/block against Gonzaga, people are still talking about and following the Villanova wunderkind who has used the past season and change to transform himself from obscure understudy to a starring role on the Main LIne. (OK, maybe a co-starring role with Jalen Brunson, but you get the idea).
Jalen Brunson Has His Own Personal Big Baller Brand | The Stepien
This is a piece about Jalen Brunson, comparing his game to that Mark Price and some other semi-similar point guards from years past.
Mikal Bridges and Wing Shot Diversity | The Stepien
In the 2018 class, Mikal Bridges is the poster boy for this wing archetype among active college players (Michael Porter if he defends is the guy here). Bridges has traditionally been pigeon-holed into a more conservative 3&D outcome range given his role on past Villanova teams usage wise and passive shooting confidence pre-junior year. But his development as a diverse shooter this season alters and enhances that conservative projection.
Q&A with Villanova CB Malik Reaves | Pro Football Weekly
Every year it seems that a few quality cornerbacks slip through the draft cracks, even at a position at which so many NFL teams are desperate to find help. A candidate to be on that list is Villanova CB Malik Reaves, who was a second-team all-CAA defender who likely would have received more attention had more opponents thrown his way.
5 local stars named to Big 33 Football Classic roster | lehighvalleylive.com
Future Villanova WR Dez Boykin continues the tradition of future Wildcats in the Big 33 game.
Former Villanova Star Raymond Ventrone Joins Frank Reich’s Colts Staff | CBS Philly
Raymond Ventrone will serve as the new special teams coordinator for the Colts.
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings: Duke, Kansas join top 5 | SI.com
After the majority of last week's top 25 dropping at least one game, Michigan State remained No. 1 while Duke and Kansas surged into the top 5 and Baylor and Middle Tennessee joined the rankings.