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Ricky Ortega will be taking his talents to the Main Line

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! It’s a busy day for yours truly and the weekend’s almost here, so I’ll keep it short and sweet this morning. Villanova is bringing in Coatesville standout Ricky Ortega as the latest commitment to Wildcat Football. While I admittedly don’t follow a lot of high school football, our own Billy Vinci said of him, “That guy lit up my high school the last 2 years in the District Chip”. That’s a pretty good sign.

Let me just add that despite this being a college basketball site, I hope you’ll all join me today at 3PM EST to watch the Women’s National Team take on France (in France) at the Women’s World Cup. USA, USA, USA!!!

In other “news”, Summer League is around the corner, Villanova lands its quarterback of the future, and Jay Wright loves the return of UConn. Enjoy!

Big East

Big East return is 'jolt' UConn's basketball has been looking for | New York Post
Connecticut returning to the Big East may give the conference more of its old-school feel. In the least, it should help the Huskies return to national relevance.

For the betterment of each other and college basketball, UConn and the Big East are getting back together | CBSSports.com
UConn went against its values when it chose football over basketball earlier this decade, but a return to prominence is possible

UConn's Dan Hurley Says Joining Big East Enhances Recruiting, Chance To Contend for NCAA Titles | Forbes
The UConn men's basketball team has won four NCAA titles since 1999. With the school's return to the Big East in 2020, Dan Hurley believes it will "definitely enhance' recruiting and the program's ability to contend for more NCAA titles.

Big East Basketball: Top 5 potential additions to join UConn in the league | Busting Brackets
With Connecticut joining Big East Basketball, what are some other teams that the conference could consider adding in the new future?

Jay Wright delighted to see UConn, one of the original Big East members, back in the conference | The Inquirer
The Villanova coach has kept the rivalry with the Huskies alive in non-conference play, and it will continue after this season. "I don’t think there’s any other school out there that fits being a part of the Big East more than UConn," he said.

NBA Wildcats

Warriors in the Summer Leagues: What to Watch For | Golden State Warriors
Summer League Action Starts with Three Games in Sacramento Next Week It’s the NBA, and basketball never really stops, even in the offseason. Two weeks ago, the Warriors were in the NBA Finals, last week was the NBA Draft and next week is the start of summer league, which is mainly geared toward giving young players some live game action in an NBA setting in front of executives

Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league roster features Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr.; Garland not expected to play | cleveland.com
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have 16 players on the roster, which will be coached by John Beilein in Salt Lake City.

Mavs point guard formulas: Latest on Kemba, Brunson and Beverley | 247 Sports
Mavs point guard formulas in free agency: Latest on Kemba, Brunson and Beverley

Eric Paschall highlights: How Warriors' 2019 second-round draft pick can help | Yahoo! Sports
He is just over 6-foot-7 (with shoes on), weighs 255 pounds and will turn 23 years old in November.

Working the Margins: Free Agent Finds | Canis Hoopus
As a cap strapped team, Minnesota must work the margins to find value.

Villanova Football

Football recruiting: Coatesville quarterback Ricky Ortega commits to Villanova | The Inquirer
Starting since his freshman season, Ricky Ortega has more than 7,000 passing yards and 100 passing touchdowns entering his senior season.

Villanova Adjacent

Nate Oats: new NCAA transfer rules 'more difficult' for Alabama basketball | BAMA-Insider
Whichever way Alabama attempts to approach the hardship waiver, it will need a statement from Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson describing the incidents concerning the move. Last week, Oats said he has been in contact with Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright through voicemails and that he believes Villanova is “going to support the whole thing.”

College Basketball

These Are the Top College Basketball Programs Through the Eyes of 2020 Recruits | Stadium
Imagine that you’re one of those players, born somewhere around the summer of 2001, and now you’re preparing to make your college commitment in the winter or next spring. As a 5-star prospect, schools across the country are vying for your talents and you’re willing to leave your home state in order to assume a leading role for a prestigious program. But what is prestige to you, considering you have only been alive to witness a program’s success in this century?

Meet the future NBA studs carrying USA Basketball as high schoolers | SBNation.com
USA Basketball’s U19 team features six high school players, including some of the brightest young talents in the pipeline.