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Four Villanova Wildcats get NBA Combine invites

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Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman will all have a chance to show off for the scouts in Chicago this month.

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! Secrets, secrets, are no fun! Some rumors made the rounds yesterday that Omari Spellman may be leaning toward staying in the NBA draft and hiring an agent. While that’s certainly a possibility for the talented big man, it’s probably not likely at this stage in the game. Especially now that he has an invite to the NBA Combine next week.

In order to sign with an agent, Spellman would have likely needed a first round guarantee from a team. The rumor is that may have come from the Boston Celtics who hold the 27th pick in the first round. Guarantees themselves aren’t a lock, because you never know who might drop that late in the draft. But I can’t imagine Spellman would take action on any new info with the Combine coming up. He’s a confident young man and he’s going to have the opportunity to play for every team and get some more definitive feedback. There’s no reason to make any decisions until after that happens if everything he’s hearing is positive so far.

The bottom line is, there’s no reason for us to get worked up about rumors from uncredited sources. It’s very possible that DiVincenzo and Spellman are headed to the NBA. It’s also very possible that they both return. Honestly, we aren’t going to know one way or the other until after next weekend. Until then, know that we’ll have all of your VERIFIED Villanova Basketball News as it breaks right here at VUHoops.com.

In other “news”, Jay Wright is great, Villanova’s 2019 recruiting class is great, Villanova Lacrosse is great, Kyle Lowry is getting “old”, Phil Marteli IS old, Xavier’s going to be very young, and TBT is back. Enjoy!

Jalen Brunson among four Villanova players invited to NBA draft combine | Philly.com
The consensus college basketball national player of the year will be joined by teammates Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman.

Duke Blue Devils Kentucky Wildcats land top recruiting prospects in 2019 | ESPN
The battle over the top prospects in the 2019 class is heating up, as the Wildcats and Blue Devils try to fend off the likes of Kansas and North Carolina for the top players. But will reclassification reshape the recruiting landscape? Villanova comes in at #6.

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There might not be a sport with a greater group of coaches than NCAA Basketball. Who are the best of the very best that are still in the game? Wait a minute, this says Jay Wright at #3? Must be a misprint.

Bracket Breakdown: No Clear-Cut Favorite and the Robert Morris Gripe | US Lacrosse Magazine
Villanova was the last team into the tournament.

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Though the age of 30 gives off the illusion that that's when a player's prime should come to an end, in the modern NBA, that's really not the case. After all, a certain Slovenian point guard reached his first All-Star game this season, at the ripe old age of 30. Villanova's Kyle Lowry (32) comes in at #5.

'This is not the NCAA as usual:' big changes are coming in college basketball - Philly
"Schools like Villanova, even with all their successes, and schools like St. Joseph's would be left on the outside looking in," St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli said about paying college players. Keep our name out your mouth old man Martelli!

Kaiser Gates leaves Xavier Musketeers for pro basketball | ESPN
The Musketeers are now without five top players from the team that won the Big East Conference regular-season title last season.

A (Very) Early Look at TBT 2018 | The Basketball Tournament
Villanova doesn't seem to have a team in contention...yet.