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Penn State became a little less “Villanova West” this week when it was announced that Dwayne Anderson would be leaving their staff to head back to his alma mater. This coming after the school’s best player declared for the NBA draft and another assistant coach was in contention for the Siena. The Nittany Lions won the NIT last season after narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament, but now they’re seeing the downside of success.
The good news is there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Jay Wright’s former assistant, just look at the Wildcats. Villanova has lost its top assistant coach in each of the last two seasons. After winning their second National Championship in two years, the Wildcats could lose four of their best players early to the NBA. But with that level of success, it also makes it easier to bring in talent as quick as it leaves. Nova was able to bring in a great former player and coach on the rise, sign two top recruits for the 2019 season, and secure the commitment of one of the best grad transfers in college basketball. Chambers has the right attitude (wonder where he got that from) to push through these setbacks and continue to build Penn State Basketball into a program that can contend for a Big Ten title.
In other “news”, more insight into Jay Wright’s NBA decision, La Salle got a steal in Ashley Howard, and VILLANOVA NEEDS A GEORGE RAVELING STATUE!!! Enjoy!
Penn State basketball has problem it's never had: being raided for players and coaches | PennLive.com
Success breeds demand. In PSU's case that meant it lost its best player to the pros and a top assistant to the 2-time NCAA national champions. But Patrick Chambers says it's a positive sign and he's ready for it.
Why Villanova’s Jay Wright took a pass on Knicks interview | NY Post
Jay Wright gave the Knicks the Seinfeld “it’s not you, it’s me” line. When the Villanova coach’s agent, Carl Hirsch, told him the Knicks had expressed...
2018 College Basketball Coaching Carousel: Ranking the 12 best hires from the spring of 2018 | NBC Sports
The best hires of the offseason.
In Toms River, premier sculptor Brian Hanlon cements sports legacies | app.com
Demand his high for Brian Hanlon, whose bronzes can be found at arenas, campuses and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He's got new ideas, too.