Happy Thursday Nova Nation! Between the start of the new season and Jay Wright killing it on the recruiting trail, it’s easy to forget where all the hype started. Barely more than two weeks after Villanova won its second National Championship in three years, Eric Dixon announced his commitment to the Wildcats.
Dixon is a 4-star Power Forward that ranks Top 15 in his position in the class. At just 6’6” he’s a bit undersized for the position, but his wide frame and exceptional footwork allows him to consistently outperform opponents on both ends of the court. Not only is he an above average shooter that has range to the arc, he has a multitude of post moves that allow him to slip by larger defenders and overpower smaller ones.
The craziest part of all this is that in previous seasons Dixon may have been the star of a Jay Wright class full of undervalued future stars. Instead, this highly touted recruit will likely come to campus as the lowest ranked player in the class. If that truly ends up being the case, then you can already lock this in as one of Villanova’s best recruiting classes ever.
Oh, and he’s just a junior. He’ll be even better a year from now. Man it’s a great time to be a Villanova fan.
In other “news”, Kentucky and Villanova will be contending for multiple recruits in the coming seasons, Villanova has some great Non-con games this season, and a look back at the FBI’s year with college basketball. Enjoy!
Will Barton Elite Camp: Top Performers | SLAM
A breakdown of some of the top standouts at Will Barton’s annual invite-only camp in Baltimore. Eric Dixon was one of the standouts.
This season’s top 20 non-conference games | NBC Sports
Put these games into your calendar today. The list includes two, unsurprising, Villanova games.
Kentucky Basketball offers Jeremy Roach | A Sea Of Blue
Kentucky has zeroed in on their next point guard.
College basketball: One year after FBI scandal, what's changed? | SI.com
An FBI probe rocked college hoops last year, but the sport and its system has already largely returned to form. Will a lawsuit finally bring change?
How the FBI’s college basketball investigation impacted every school involved - SBNation.com
Twelve months after an FBI investigation rocked college basketball, the six programs directly implicated all appear to be thriving.
Former President George W. Bush To Be In Philly For MedTech Conference | CBS Philly
Villanova head coach Jay Wright and Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will also address the conference attendees.
College Basketball Early Season Tournament Proposed Changes | Blogging the Bracket
The NCAA is considering reining in multi-team event organizers perhaps due in no small part to the difficulties many events are having in filling their fields this year.