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Hometown Heroes Summer Tournament: Play-In Round

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Can any of these Villanova legends carry their team on a run through the tournament?

Join us throughout the month of July as we matchup some of the best Villanova players of All-Time. This year they’re representing their hometowns and high schools, so be sure to check in daily to vote for your favorite players and the team that represents your home town!

It’s day one of our tournament, and we’re starting with the five play-in games to cut our field down to 32 teams. While overall these teams may not be as talented as others in this tournament, there are still a number of absolute studs in this round. Better than studs actually, we’re talking about some of the greatest Wildcats of All-Time. Scottie Reynolds, Randy Foye, Mikal Bridges, and Doug West will all try to carry their teams on to the next round. At least Phil Booth gets Daniel Ochefu and the Grace Brothers.

Check back tomorrow to see who advanced and vote on the first round of the Wright Region, but now let’s get right into the matchups!

Wright Region

#8 Worldwide Wildcats vs #9 North Jersey: Newark Region

It’s the international flair against the best of Newark in our first matchup of the tournament. Mouphtaou Yarou, a member of Villanova’s 1,000 point club, leads the international squad. Meanwhile, Randy Foye’s jersey hangs from the rafters as both a Newark native and one of the greatest Wildcats of all-time. Who will lead their team to victory?

#8 Worldwide Wildcats Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Andreas Bloch 2004 Wurmlingen, Germany 1.9 1 0.3 0.2 0.1
Andrew Sullivan 2003 London, England 3.9 3.4 1 0.6 0.5
Dylan Ennis 2015 Ontario, Canada 7.7 2.8 2.7 0.7 0.4
Frank Tchuisi 2009 Douala, Cameroon 0.5 0.5 0 0 0.1
Jair Veldhuis 2002 Amsterdam, Holland 0.7 0.3 0 0.1 0.3
Mislav Brzoja 2013 Zagreb, Croatia 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.1 0
Mouphtaou Yarou 2013 Natitingou, Benin 8.9 7 0.6 0.5 0.8
Paul Vrind 1992 The Hague, Netherlands 1 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.2
Simon Ogunlesi 1999 Lagos, Nigeria 1.9 2.5 0.1 0.6 0.1

#9 North Jersey: Newark Region Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Casiem Drummond 2008 East Orange, NJ 3.3 3.2 0.3 0.4 0.3
Chas Carey 2001 Summit, NJ 0.3 0.3 0 0 0.1
Daniel Gallagher 1951 Orange, NJ 1.9 2.4 0.2 x x
John Imgrund 1952 West Orange, NJ x x x x x
Marcus Austin 2005 Irvington, NJ 1.9 1.8 0.4 0.2 0.3
Randy Foye 2006 Newark, NJ 15 4.8 3.2 1.5 0.4
Ron Cowan 1979 Newark, NJ 2 1.5 x x x
William Haley 1957 Madison, NJ 0 0 x x x

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    #8 Worldwide Wildcats
    (57 votes)
  • 66%
    #9 North Jersey: Newark Region
    (115 votes)
172 votes total Vote Now

Massimino Region

#8 Virginia vs #9 Northeast Philadelphia

It’s another matchup of an all-time great and one of Nova’s fan favorites. Scottie Reynolds leads a Virginia team that also includes current player Brandon Slater and 2018 National Champion Matt Kennedy. The Northeast Philly team is led by a member of the 1971 team that lost to UCLA in the Championship, Hank Siemiontkowski.

#8 Virginia Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Arron Bain 1993 Falls Church, VA 8.3 3.8 1.2 0.6 0.3
Brandon Slater Current Centerville, VA 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.2
Jason Colenda 2009 Fairfax, VA 0.1 0.2 0.1 0 0
Jermaine Medley 2001 Mouth of Wilson, VA 7.5 1.7 2.7 0.8 0.1
Matt Kennedy 2018 Fairfax, VA 0.1 0.2 0 0 0.1
Ross Condon 2007 Springfield, VA 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 0
Scottie Reynolds 2010 Herndon, VA 16 2.9 3.5 1.5 0.1

#9 Notheast Philadelphia Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Eugene O'Pella 1957 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Gene Kelly 1968 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
George May 1968 Philadelphia, PA 4.3 1.5 x x x
Hank Siemiontkowski 1972 Philadelphia, PA 13.6 8.2 x x x
Herman Drizin 1943 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Jim McIntosh 1969 Philadelphia, PA 5.5 5 x x x
William Penny 1960 Philadelphia, PA 0.5 0.8 x x x

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    #8 Virginia
    (149 votes)
  • 11%
    #9 Northeast Philadelphia
    (19 votes)
168 votes total Vote Now

Kraft Region

#8 South Philadelphia vs #9 Eastern PA: West Chester Region

Some of your favorite Nova players are featured in this play-in matchup. For South Philly you have current Wildcat Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, fan favorite and famed director Tony Chennault, and former Nova star from the late 1940’s Joseph Hannan. Oh, and don’t forget Red Klotz, who would go on to head the Washington Generals who toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. On the flip side is a pair of Nation Champions in Mikal Bridges (2016 and 2018) and walk-on favorite Kevin Rafferty (2016).

#8 South Philadelphia Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree Current Philadelphia, PA 4 4 0.4 0.5 0.6
Frank Gillen 1969 Philadelphia, PA 6 2.2 x x x
Jim Stinger 1967 Philadelphia, PA 0.5 0.1 x x x
Joseph Gorman 1946 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Joseph Hannan 1950 Philadelphia, PA 11.8 x x x x
Louis "Red" Klotz 1942 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Sidney Gecker 1949 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Thomas Sabol 1950 Philadelphia, PA 9 x x x x
Tony Chennault 2014 Philadelphia, PA 3.1 1.6 1.7 0.7 0

#9 Eastern PA: West Chester Region Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Don Ficca 1963 Coatesville, PA 1.1 0.6 x x x
George Stanko 1953 Coatesville, PA 1.3 0.9 0.3 x x
Howard Brown 1999 Pottstown, PA 8.8 3.8 2 1 0.3
James Finegan 1943 West Chester, PA x x x x x
Kevin Rafferty 2016 Malvern, PA 0.3 0.2 0 0 0
Lewis Reynolds 1943 West Chester, PA x x x x x
Mikal Bridges 2018 Malvern, PA 11.3 4.3 1.6 1.4 0.9
Rob Tribuiani 1990 Malvern, PA 0.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 0
Thomas Redmond 1953 West Chester, PA 0.4 0.7 0.1 x x

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    #8 South Philadelphia
    (39 votes)
  • 76%
    #9 Eastern PA: West Chester Region
    (125 votes)
164 votes total Vote Now

Severance Region

#7 Baltimore & Northern Maryland vs #10 Northeast Pennsylvania

This is the lone 7 v 10 matchup of the play-in round. The Baltimore team is full of players you know and love. Phil Booth is the winningest player in Villanova History, Daniel Ochefu helped lead the team into the Golden Era of Villanova Basketball, and the Grace brothers may be two of the most beloved bench mob members of all-time. Northeast Pennsylvania (aka the greater Scranton region), doesn’t have anyone who played in the last 40 years. If you like underdogs, this is your team.

#7 Baltimore & Northern Maryland Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Daniel Ochefu 2016 Baltimore, MD 7.2 6.6 1.3 0.8 1.3
Denny Grace 2018 Catonsville, MD 0.1 0.3 0 0 0
Derrick Snowden 2004 Baltimore, MD 6.7 2 2.7 1.2 0.1
Isaiah Armwood 2011 Baltimore, MD 2.4 2.9 0.3 0.4 0.6
Lloyd Rice 1940 Frederick, MD x x x x x
Phil Booth 2019 Baltimore, MD 10.2 2.6 2.5 0.7 0.1
Reggie Bryant 2002 Baltimore, MD 7.6 2 1.7 0.5 0.1
Tom Grace 2005 Catonsville, MD 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 0

#10 Northeast Pennsylvania Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Ed Gonglefski 1946 Swoyersville, PA x x x x x
Harold Watson 1970 Stroudsburg, PA x x x x x
John Crossin 1950 Swoyersville, PA 8.2 x x x x
Larry Sock 1979 Hazleton, PA 2.5 0.9 x x x
Paul Stenn 1942 Berwick, PA x x x x x
Robert Forrest 1944 Williamsport, PA x x x x x
William Nealon 1946 Scranton, PA x x x x x

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    #7 Baltimore & Northern Maryland
    (159 votes)
  • 2%
    #10 Northeast Pennsylvania
    (4 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

#8 Western Pennsylvania vs #9 Pacific Coast

This one is a matchup of two Nova players turned coaches under Jay Wright. For Western Pennsylvania, it’s Doug West. West actually played under Wright when he was an assistant for Rollie Massimino. West would go on to coach under Wright at Villanova, and was an assistant on the 2009 Final Four team. For the Pacific Coast, you have Oregon’s Baker Dunleavy. Dunleavy played his entire career for Wright as a walk-on before joining his staff for eight seasons, which included the 2016 National Championship.

#8 Western Pennsylvania Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Chris Masotti 1991 Hermitage, PA 0.4 0.4 0.3 0 0
Doug West 1989 Altoona, PA 14.8 4.6 1.9 0.9 0.4
Frank Dobbs 1984 Pittsburgh, PA 5.1 1.8 1.4 x x
James Fahey 1957 Erie, PA 8.7 8.9 x x x
Kenneth Reeher 1945 Sharon, PA x x x x x
Richard Griffith 1957 Hollidaysburg, PA x x x x x
William Dunlap 1957 Pittsburgh, PA 1 1 x x x

#9 Pacific Coast Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Baker Dunleavy 2006 Portland, OR 1 0.4 0.2 0.1 0
Calvin Byrd 1993 Alameda, CA 6 3.1 1.2 0.6 0.3
Larry Livers 1966 Oakland, CA 2.1 1.9 x x x
Russell Wooten 2011 Chula Vista, CA 0.1 0.2 0 0 0
Taylor King 2010 Huntington Beach, CA 7.4 5.3 0.6 0.7 0.5
Tim Saunders 2019 Del Mar, CA 0 0 0 0 0
Wyatt Maker 1987 Salinas, CA 2 1.4 0.4 0.1 0.1

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    #8 Western Pennsylvania
    (129 votes)
  • 20%
    #9 Pacific Coast
    (34 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

Be sure to check back every weekday this month to see who advances and vote on the next round of matchups. Thanks for participating in the VU Hoops 2019 Summer Tournament!