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It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! Last night Villanova picked up another great combo guard in Tulane transfer Caleb Daniels. You can read all about him here, but this morning let’s talk about why he’s a great fit and what it means for the program moving forward.

First off, Daniels fits the exact mold of a “Villanova Guard”. He can do a bit of everything, which is what Jay Wright wants out of the guard position. And at 6’4, he should be able to handle the defensive responsibilities that the role requires as well. No, he’s not a point guard. But at this point it looks like Jay just wants talented guys, regardless of what their “true position” is.

Given Villanova’s propensity of shooting from deep, he’ll likely need to take some time to improve his outside shooting. But considering he has to sit out a red shirt season in 2020, he has plenty of time to do that before essentially joining the class of 2018 with Saddiq Bey, Cole Swider, and Brandon Slater.

Daniels wasn’t a target for Villanova coming out of high school, but that doesn’t mean the staff won’t know tons about him when he comes in. Wright has a great relationship with the Dunleavy family, and Daniels just spent the last two seasons being coached by Mike Dunleavy Sr. (Baker Dunleavy’s father). Wright will know exactly what he’s getting in Daniels, from work ethic to skill set. On top of that, he’ll still have two years of eligibility after the red shirt season.

While the skill set and circumstances are different, this signing feels like the Tony Chennault-esque transfer we were all hoping for. No, he can’t come in and help in games this year, but Villanova practices are going to be something to see this year!

Lastly, this now leaves Villanova with one open scholarship for the class of 2020. Now that doesn’t mean we won’t have more than that when the season ends, but it’s probably too early to determine that. With some of the top targets for Nova in the class already committed (Roach) or reclassified (Juzang), I’m perfectly fine if this ends up being a class of one. Remember, the only reason it’s a small class is because EVERYONE CAME BACK! Either way, the coaching staff has the team positioned well moving forward.

That’s all the long way of saying what we feel every day: It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!

In other “news”, Bridges and Brunson get votes for NBA All-Rookie team, Kyle Lowry went beast mode last night, and a lot of teams are targeting Eric Paschall as a value if he drops to the second round of the draft. Enjoy!

Caleb Daniels

Villanova gets commitment from Caleb Daniels, Tulane’s leading scorer in the 2018-19 season | The Inquirer
Caleb Daniels was one of the few bright spots for a Green Wave team that went 4-27 last season, averaging 16.9 points per game. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Wildcats.

Tulane transfer Caleb Daniels picks Villanova | delcotimes.com
Villanova is getting some backcourt help, but not right away.

Caleb Daniels leaves Tulane for Villanova | nola.com
He led the Green Wave in scoring last season.

Significant loss: Caleb Daniels announces transfer to Villanova from Tulane | theadvocate.com
Daniels, the leading scorer for the Green Wave men's basketball team last season, is a St. Augustine alum.

Tulane guard Caleb Daniels transfers to Villanova | Big East Coast Bias
Daniels will have to sit out the 2019-20 season before having two years of eligibility remaining

Class of 2019

Scottie Gives Back: Lewis Hosts 2nd Annual Hoops For Homeless | The Two River Times
The entire Ranney basketball roster was on hand to support the effort, including Bryan Antoine. The Villanova signee did not play in the game but was captain for one of the teams, along with Alex Klatsky who will join Lewis at the University of Florida.

NBA Draft

Lakers NBA Draft: 3 Second Round Trade Targets | Heavy.com
Find out who three of the top second-round picks are in the NBA Draft that the Lakers could trade up for.

2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players Post-Combine | Bleacher Report
It's NBA draft workout season now that the combine has wrapped up. A handful of prospects improved their stock in Chicago by showing aspects of their games that didn't always pop...

Reviewing the 2019 NBA Draft Combine | The Stepien
After looking over the shooting numbers, athletic testing and anthro measurements for this group, I had Eric Paschall, KZ Okpala, Kabengele and Daniel Gafford as the biggest winners here.

NBA Wildcats

Bucks vs. Raptors Game 4 score, takeaways: Kyle Lowry, bench leads Toronto to blowout win over Milwaukee in Game 4 | CBSSports.com
The Raptors evened up the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lowry, Norm Powell, Fred VanVleet power Raptors' Game 4 win | SI.com
With its superstar clearly ailing, Toronto's bench finally rose to the occassion against Milwaukee, evening the Eastern Conference finals 2-2 in the process.

Young, Doncic lead 2018-19 All-Rookie First Team | NBA.com
NEW YORK -- Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

NBA Notes: Why The Grizzlies Should Keep Mike Conley | The Stepien
Perhaps my favorite one of all time is Villanova’s college team with Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi and Allen Ray running a simple penetrate and kick scheme that could likely work in the NBA, at least on offense if a team possessed the right smalls, and would be among the most fun teams ever.