Happy Monday Nova Nation! With the exception of the Reid Travis recruitment and the June 21st NBA Draft, we’ve officially shifted gears to full on offseason mode. Instead of serious, news driven conversations with consequences, it’s time for frivolous, projection and opinion based arguments that mean nothing. And we’re off to a great start with an article that literally made me scream “NO!” at my computer.
The guys over at bustingbrackets.com ranked the Top 15 players to ever play for coach Jay Wright. Of course there’s disagreements here and there, but you expect most of those to come at the top. Maybe someone tried to get crazy and put Speedy Claxton #1. What you don’t expect is to find Mikal Bridges at #12 and Maalik Wayns at #11.
But it did get me thinking who my “Mount Rushmore” of Villanova players from the Jay Wright era would be. I didn’t go purely by stats or National Championships, but rather the players that I thought were the best blend of production, importance to their team, and how much I loved watching them. In alphabetical order, I decided on Jalen Brunson, Randy Foye, Josh Hart, and Scottie Reynolds. Arch, Hilliard, Lowry, and Sumpter were all really close for me too, but I’ve picked my four and I’m sticking with them.
So I leave it to you Nova Nation, who makes your Mount Rushmore of Villanova players from the Jay Wright era? Also, is it November yet?
Top 15 Players that have Played for Head Coach Jay Wright | Busting Brackets
About the time I saw Maalik Wayns ranked above Mikal Bridges is when I wanted to fight this list. #1 is solid though.
Cole Anthony breaks recruiting silence, says UK a contender | Lexington Herald Leader
Cole Anthony is ranked as the best backcourt prospect in the recruiting class of 2019, but he hasn't said much at all about his recruitment. He confirmed to the Herald-Leader that Kentucky is in the picture, and Tyrese Maxey is recruiting him. Villanova is also in the running.
Villanova University surpasses fundraising goal by more than $150 million | Philly
Villanova University can't say how much the success of its basketball team impacted the success of its recently completed $759 million fundraising campaign, but it sure didn't hurt.
Charlotte Hornets Draft: The case of Jalen Brunson vs. Jevon Carter | Swarm and Sting
The Charlotte Hornets are in need of a backup point guard. Both Jalen Brunson and Jevon Carter could fill that role. Who should Charlotte pick?
Big East Basketball: Preseason contenders for 2018-19 Player of the Year | Busting Brackets
Big East basketball has plenty of star power returning for 2018-19. With plenty of offseason left, who are the preseason contenders for Player of the Year?
Wildcats Announce 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule for Women's Basketball | Villanova.com
The Wildcats will play their first game in the new Finneran Pavilion when Villanova tips-off the season against the University of Hartford on Nov. 7. After playing at Lehigh on Nov. 16 and hosting La Salle on Nov. 20, Villanova will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the Thanksgiving holiday with two games in the Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic. The tournament dates are set for Nov. 24-25. Villanova and host Central Florida will be joined in the tournament by Richmond and Virginia Tech.
Villanova Welcomes Home One of its Own as Bridget Orchard Named Head Softball Coach | Villanova.com
A familiar name to Villanova softball and an accomplished collegiate head coach with more than 750 career victories is returning to her alma mater to lead the Wildcats program that she once starred for during her own playing career. Bridget Orchard was announced by Director of Athletics Mark Jackson on Friday as the next head coach of the Villanova softball program following a nationwide search. Orchard takes over as head coach following the retirement of Maria DiBernardi, who guided the Wildcats for the past 34 seasons.
Miller, Arizona vying to replicate Villanova's formula | KTBS.com
After his team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller had plenty of time to watch the rest of the tourney unfold.