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Borderline first round NBA Draft picks now have more incentive to stay in the draft

More and more 2nd round picks have been getting guaranteed contracts.

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! Due to some technical difficulties, it’s going to be a quick intro today. But I can’t encourage you enough to read our highlighted article on how guaranteed contracts have become the norm for most second round picks in the NBA Draft. Specifically for those who are on the cusp of the first round. There’s still no word on which way Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman will go, but this info falls squarely in the “they’re gone” category.

In other “news”, Villanova has been hot on the recruiting trail, the Wildcats will be good... again, Women’s Track wins Big East Championship, Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Softball fall in the post-season, and “Nova” is becoming a popular baby name. Enjoy!

In The Money: Second-round picks cash-in guaranteed contracts at exceedingly high rates | NBC Sports
A study by NBC Sports found that nearly 69 percent of second round picks get guaranteed contracts, while every college player drafted in the top 50 of the past two NBA drafts signed a deal with an NBA team with at least one season guaranteed.

Villanova is 'about to hit the lottery in recruiting' | Zagsblog
The future already looks bright, and it can only get better at this point.

Cremo adds more firepower to backcourt | Fansided
Villanova added the most sought after graduate transfer, Joe Cremo. How does this talented guard fit with the defending National Champion's roster?

Villanova Falls to No. 4 Duke in First Round of NCAA Tournament |
Villanova fell to No. 4 Duke, 17-11, on Saturday afternoon. The first round contest at Koskinen Stadium was the final game for 10 Villanova seniors who led the Wildcats to their third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Womens Track & Field Wins BIG EAST Championship |
A strong all-around team effort gave Villanova all the momentum it needed to win the team title at the 2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships presented by Jeep which wrapped up at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday evening. This is the third time in the last five years and the record 11th time overall that the Wildcats had been BIG EAST outdoor champions. Villanova won six events during the two-day meet, including three individual events and the 4x800 meter relay during Saturday’s action.

Wildcats take early lead but fall to DePaul 12-2 |
The Villanova softball team (27-24-2 overall, 10-8 BIG EAST) fell to DePaul (34-15 overall, 15-3 BIG EAST) 12-2 in five innings. With the loss, the Wildcats season comes to a close as head coach Maria DiBernardi leaves her tenure at Villanova with a remarkable career record of 880-758-12.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas Hires Agent, Will Pursue NBA Career | Big East Coast Bias
The Omahan will depart for greater ventures, per a tweet he penned.

Best ranked baby names for 2017 |
Michael is out of the top 10 for the first time since World War II. Nova is on the rise!