Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! Today there are A LOT of links about the NBA draft today. It can’t be avoided, especially when Villanova could be sending off four players from a championship team and all of them could end up in the first round. But before we get to all of that in the links, I wanted to shift topics for a second and talk about Jalen Brunson playing baseball.
Brunson seems to be the least talked about sure fire 1st round college player of the year ever. I guess in a way it makes sense why his teammates have been getting most of the press. Mikal Bridges gets the hype as a Top 10 pick, Donte DiVincenzo was the darling of the Combine, and what Omari Spellman will decide to do is anyone's guess.
But Jalen Brunson remains calm, cool, and collected heading through the pre-draft process. Sure there have been distractions in the offseason, but to the shock of no one he’s showed why he’s going to be a great pro with his poise and handling of anything that comes his way. That’s why it’ll be nice to see him have a little fun when he heads out to Wrigley Field tonight to throw out the first pitch for his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
This is actually Brunson’s second time throwing out the first pitch, each coming after one of this two Championships. Last time he was a little high over the plate, so hopefully he’s worked on his mechanics since that freshman season. Joking aside though, Brunson is arguably the most accomplished Villanova basketball player of all time, and I just wanted to make sure his own journey to the draft wasn’t getting lost in the shuffle.
In other “news”, DiVincenzo is leaning towards the draft (or is he?), Spellman’s future is still up in the air, Bridges looks like a Top 10 lock, and Jhavon Quinerly had some impressive plays this season. Enjoy!
Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo says he's 'more than just a shooter' | Yahoo Sports
‘He was arguably the best all-around player in the games,’ a team executive in Chicago told Yahoo Sports about the Villanova sophomore.
Stay or go? Villanova hero Donte DiVincenzo's NBA draft stock soars | USA Today
Donte DiVincenzo admitted he wouldn't even be contemplating a jump to the NBA were it not for it incredible title game.
Testing The Waters: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter star at NBA Draft Combine | NBC Sports
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Omari Spellman works to hone his body but undecided on his basketball future – The Athletic
Omari Spellman sounded last week like he hadn't decided anything. He said he was in the "feedback" stage of his decision-making process and declined to put a percentage on which way, if any, he leans.
Prospect Report: Mikal Bridges Of Villanova - RealGM Analysis
Mikal Bridges is a college basketball purist's dream.
VIDEO: Watch Jahvon Quinerly’s amazing senior season highlights | USA TODAY High School Sports
Our friends at Mars Reel put together this outstanding highlight reel of Jahvon Quinerly's senior season.