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An eventful night for Villanova at the NBA Draft

It took a few twists and turns, but it ended with all four Wildcats being selected in last night’s draft

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! Last night’s NBA Draft was a bit of a roller coaster, but at the end of the day Villanova set multiple school records for sending players to the NBA. Mikal Bridges (#10 overall to Suns via 76ers), Donte DiVincenzo (#17 overall to Bucs), and Omari Spellman (#30 overall to Hawks) made history as the first three Villanova players to all be drafted in the same first round. Shortly after, Jalen Brunson (#33 overall to Mavericks) became the 4th Wildcat taken in a single draft, another Nova record.

Each of these picks seemed to come with their own storyline. Bridges will join #1 overall pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix after originally being drafted to Philadelphia. It was a trade that’s still leaving a few experts scratching their heads, but the move seems to have been made in order to put Philadelphia in position to trade for an established NBA star.

After being selected by the Bucs Donte DiVincenzo didn’t waste much time living up to his “Big Ragu” nickname, saying that he’d have to bring some of his mom’s homemade pasta to his new team. Despite being projected in mock drafts as the lowest ranked Wildcat, Omari Spellman was selected with the final pick in the first round and will have a great opportunity for playing time and development in Atlanta.

And finally, it was the National Player of the Year who was the only Nova player picked outside of the first round. But let’s be clear, it was just three picks out. Brunson heads to Dallas and a system that values multiple ball handlers, which could be a great fit for the former Villanova captain.

All four players can celebrate the fulfillment of a lifelong dream tonight, but tomorrow it will be right back to work for the now NBA players. Summer League starts in two weeks.

In other “news”, it was a big night for Jay Wright too, Mikal Bridges made a funny video, Villanova Football is heading to the shore, and much more. Enjoy!

Four Wildcats Selected in the NBA Draft, Most in Program History |
On Thursday night a group of pivotal players from the Wildcats’ 2018 NCAA national championship team heard their names called at the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft here at Barclays Center.

Despite Mikal Bridges' confusing night after Sixers trade, Villanova has a memorable NBA draft |
Bridges was selected No. 10 by the 76ers but was traded to Phoenix a short time later, which coach Jay Wright found out in a text from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.

DiVincenzo had stellar junior season at Villanova | Journal Sentinel
Most college basketball fans know Donte DiVincenzo from the 31 points that he dropped in Villanova’s 79-62 victory over Michigan in the national championship game.

NBA Draft 2018: Hawks take Villanova forward Omari Spellman with 30th pick |
The Atlanta Hawks selected Villanova forward Omari Spellman in the first round of Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft at Barclays Center with the 30th overall pick, culminating the 6-foot-9 post player's path to the professional ranks.

Dallas Mavericks: What impressed the Mavericks about point guard Jalen Brunson, the 33rd pick in the NBA draft | SportsDay
The Mavericks selected Villanova PG Jalen Brunson with the 33rd pick overall pick in the NBA draft.

NBA Draft 2018: Villanova's Jay Wright among the night's biggest winners |
Four former Wildcats heard their names called Thursday at the NBA draft, and none left school after one season.

Mikal Bridges Partners with No Cow in a Video Featuring Drake | Business Wire
No Cow, the Denver-based makers of non-dairy, high-protein, low-sugar products such as bars and cookies, released a partnership video with up-and-coming basketball player Mikal Bridges.

McQuaid's Isaiah Stewart nabs spot on Team USA's U-17 basketball squad | Democrat & Chronicle
With one season of high school ball left, former McQuaid big man Isaiah Stewart has earned one of 12 spots on Team USA for the Under-17 World Cup.

Dylan Ennis, Andorra agree on a one-year deal | Eurohoops
The former Wildcat continues his career overseas.

Villanova Football to Hold Scrimmage in Ocean City, NJ|
For the second straight year, the Villanova University football team will host a scrimmage at Ocean City High School in Ocean City, N.J. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Friday, August 17