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AKA, the ten year reunion of Jay Wright’s first Final Four

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! For those of you who didn’t graduate some multiple of 5 years ago, you may not have realized that today marks the start of Reunion Weekend at Villanova. It’s a time for Villanova graduates to return to the University, enjoy a weekend with former classmates, and remember the agony of sleeping on a small single bed.

My wife is a graduate of the Class of 2009, and I’ll be joining her (and many of you I hope) for the weekend’s festivities as she celebrates her 10 year reunion. While there’s no real sports tie in with the event, it is of note that this is also the 10 year reunion of the senior class that led Villanova to Jay Wright’s first Final Four. So for our own little reunion of sorts here at VUHoops, I thought we’d check in on what that senior class is up to now 10 years removed from hanging that banner.

First up is Dante Cunningham, a 6’9 forward who just wrapped up his 10th season in the NBA. He was a captain for the 2009 Final Four run, and would later be selected 33rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009 NBA Draft. If you want to win a bar bet this weekend at reunion, it was Cunningham and not Scottie Reynolds who led the Wildcats in scoring for the 2009 season. Cunningham has been a career journeyman and now veteran leader in the pros, playing for seven different teams. This year he started 21 games for the San Antonio Spurs, and helped the team reach the playoffs. He enters the off-season as a free agent, and will look to continue his NBA career next season.

Someone who won’t have to travel very far for reunion is Dwayne Anderson, a 6’6 guard who is now the Director of Basketball Operations for Villanova Basketball. Anderson played overseas after graduating in 2009, and then went into coaching where he climbed the ranks to Assistant Coach at Penn State. He returned to Villanova to join Jay Wright’s staff last year. He joins a long line of former Wright players that have come back to coach at Villanova, and I personally have run into him more than once at Campus Corner after a game. Honestly, one of the nicest former players I’ve ever interacted with and a phenomenal addition to the team.

Another local guy is former pro turned business professional Shane Clark. Clark played a few seasons overseas before returning to the Maine Line to start his business career. Back in 2009, he was the team’s second best three point threat behind Corey Stokes. That’s one of the many reasons you may better recognize him as Shane “Money” Clark.

The final member of the class of 2009 is Frank Tchuisi. Like Clark, he’s made his career in business rather than on the basketball court and remains close to the university. The native of Cameroon was mostly a reserve off the bench for the 2009 run, but still played valuable minutes to close out NCAA Tournament games against UCLA and Duke.

Thank you again to all the members of the 2009 basketball class for a memorable season that we still look back on fondly. Villanova may have won some titles in the years past, but they may not have happened without the learning experiences this group provided to Jay Wright and the rest of Villanova Basketball. I hope they all have a chance to enjoy reunion this weekend, and the same goes for all of our VUHoops readers who will be returning to Villanova. See you there!

In other “news”, the guy who pushed Lowry gets a one year ban, Jalen Brunson continues to be the best, and some former Villanova Football players and assistants have risen to the NFL coaching level. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

Villanova Basketball: Breaking down the 2019 recruiting class | Busting Brackets
Villanova basketball has been a dominant program over the last few years. How will this incoming class continue that trend for head coach Jay Wright?

Will widening arc to 22’-1¾” benefit frequent bombers like ‘Nova or Penn State types who don’t emphasize trey? | pennlive.com
The NCAA's announcement on Wednesday that it has increased the 3-point arc by 16¾ inches from 20'-9" to the international distance might discourage indiscriminate trey launching, but Jay Wright thinks it'll help his guys.

Ten teams with a chance to win the national title | 247 Sports
Some teams have better chances to win it all than others. Villanova will enter the season on the back end of the title contender list.

Recruiting

Michigan Basketball: Analyzing offer to 2020 SF Jabari Abdur-Rahim | GBM Wolverine
Michigan basketball offered 2020 forward Jabari Abdur-Rahim Thursday and here is what to make of the decision by head coach Juwan Howard.

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry Let It Rip, and the Raptors Are Two Wins From a Ring | The Ringer
Toronto needed its point guard to set the tone against a shorthanded Warriors squad in Game 3, and the 13-year veteran was an omnipresent force

Is Kyle Lowry as Good as Kyle Scott Thinks He Is? | Crossing Broad
I won’t name names, but a member of the Crossing Broad staff wrote this last night in our Slack channel: “Kyle, enough with the Lowry thing. He is their third option.”

Raptors news: Danny Green offers hilarious comment on Kyle Lowry's Game 3 performance | Clutch Points
Raptors swingman Danny Green had high praise for the effort put forth by Kyle Lowry in Wednesday night's Game 3 victory.

Warriors Minority Owner Barred for a Year After Shoving Toronto’s Kyle Lowry | The New York Times
Mark Stevens, a minority investor, was fined $500,000 and told he could not attend games or team activities through the end of the 2019-20 season.

Kyle Lowry wants Mark Stevens out of NBA, not apology from Warriors owner | NBCS Bay Area
A day after his big performance in Game 3, Kyle Lowry spent most of the day talking about his run-in with Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, and he didn't hold back.

LeBron James Has Message For Warriors Fan Who Shoved Kyle Lowry | The SPUN
LeBron James just reacted to the Golden State Warriors fan, who's since been identified as an owner, shoving Kyle Lowry.

Mark Stevens Golden State Warriors Co-Owner Who Shoved Kyle Lowry Is What's Wrong With America’s Billionaires | Daily Beast
Mark Stevens, a billionaire VC, was caught on tape shoving the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry during the NBA Finals. His gross entitlement is American greed personified.

NBA Wildcats

Sophomore slump? It's a foreign concept to Jalen Brunson | Mavs.com
The Mavericks are giddy about building around young, budding stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and rightfully so. Doncic is the likely

Milwaukee Bucks: Evaluating Donte DiVincenzo's rookie season | Hoops Habit
The Milwaukee Bucks' first round selection from the 2018 NBA Draft, Donte DiVincenzo, had an up-and-down rookie season. How did it all unfold?

Mavs news: Jalen Brunson already working on establishing chemistry with Kristaps Porzingis | Clutch Points
Incoming second-year Mavs point guard Jalen Brunson is already working on establishing his chemistry with Kristaps Porzingis.

Dallas Mavericks: Photos: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs players take batting practice ahead of Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game | SportsDay
Dallas Mavericks retired forward Dirk Nowitzki takes cuts in the batting cage in preparation for Friday's annual Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Professional sports stars will participate in the game sponsored by Nowitizi and the Hero's Foundation program. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Team USA

Los Angeles Lakers: Kyle Kuzma added to Team USA training camp roster | Lake Show Life
Los Angeles Lakers forward, Kyle Kuzma, has been added to Team USA's roster for training camp in August, prepping for September's FIBA World Cup.

Villanova Football

FCS: 2019 HERO Sports Preseason Top 25 | HERO Sports
What will we get right? What will we get wrong? You never know for sure -- but we’ve put the FCS in the Top 25 order we think it’ll be in come this fall. Villanova missed the Top 25, falling into the “keeping our eye on” as a possible sleeper team this season.

HERO Sports 2019 FCS Preseason All-American Teams | HERO Sports
Villanova’s sophomore DB Christian Benford was named Third Team All-American.

NFL Wildcats

Giants male front office changes; add two assistant coaches | GMen HQ
The New York Giants announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches on Wednesday. Ben Burress and Kevin Monangai will be joining Pat Shurmur's staff. Monangai played running back at Villanova.

Chiefs defensive line coach Daly has track record of success | The Kansas City Star
New Kansas City Chiefs defensive line coach Brendan Daly has put together successful seasons throughout a career that includes stops in the collegiate ranks and elsewhere in the NFL. He even shed blood for Villanova, literally.

Villanova Athletics

Women’s Semifinals and Finals At NCAA Track & Field Championships | Penn and Villanova Results – Philly College Sports
Thursday is the day for women’s qualifying and finals at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Participants from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova competed, and let’s look at the results.

Augusta Prep's Perez has left quite a legacy | The Augusta Chronicle
When he attends Villanova University in the fall, he’ll be the first thrower in Augusta Prep history to throw in college. He can add to his list The Augusta Chronicle boys Track Player of the Year.

Weini Kelati Turns Back Carmela Cardama Baez Over the Final 100 Meters to Win an Epic NCAA 10K Final | LetsRun.com
Washington’s Isobel Batt-Doyle (who was third tonight in her last NCAA race) wants to have a pro career, as does Villanova’s Caroline Alcorta (5th), and Syracuse’s Paige Stoner (7th in her last race).

Penn State field hockey releases challenging 2019 slate | Daily Collegian
Penn State field hockey will host Villanova on September 29th.

College Basketball

Kansas up, Michigan down in Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20 | ESPN
NBA draft decisions and some critical prospect commitments have altered our emerging snapshot of the 2019-20 college hoops season.

Book Richardson sentenced, says he has 'no knowledge' of Sean Miller paying players | tucson.com
Judge rules that UA was 'victimized' by Richardson's crime. He will serve three months in prison.