Happy Monday Nova Nation! It’s the start of another week as we inch closer to the regular season, and most of us are returning to the same old work week with the rest of our co-workers. However Villanova sophomores Dylan Painter and Jermaine Samuels are doing something different than the rest of their teammates this week.
The pair of Wildcats are leaving campus for an eight day trip to play games in Belgium on a team comprised of players from Kansas, SMU, UAB, Belmont, Rider, and West Chester. This trip should give them both the opportunity to get some extended playing time against significant competition.
But what I’m most excited about is the pedigree of Villanova players that have gone on this trip before. Most of the Nova players that went on this trip came back to have great seasons, including Phil Booth and Mikal Bridges prior to the 2016 Championship run. I think Painter and Samuels are both primed to be key contributors this season, and this could be another indicator that they’re ready to take that step.
Villanova has had a great history with Global Sports Academy, sending nearly 20 players overseas during the Jay Wright era.Here’s the list of Wildcats who’ve participated in a Global Sports Academy trip: Dwayne Anderson, Bilal Ben, Mikal Bridges, Phil Booth, Chris Charles, Tony Chennault, Dante Cunningham, Baker Dunleavy, Randy Foye, Darrun Hilliard, Kris Jenkins, Antonio Pena, Will Sheridan, Corey Stokes, Mouphtaou Yaru. If Painter and Samuels can take away the same lessons these other guys learned, it’ll be another great year to be a Wildcat fan.
In other “news”, Cremo and Bey are on campus, it’s list cutting season, and Brunson’s primed to contribute for the Mavs. Enjoy!
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