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Hometown Heroes Summer Tournament: Round 1, Day 1

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The King of Summer, Ryan Arcidiacono, begins his quest for the 4-peat.

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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!

Our first day of voting is in the books, and while there were a few technical upsets I don’t think anyone’s surprised with the results. These were all pretty decisive wins, as all the teams won with 67% of the vote or more. North Jersey: Newark Region, Virginia, Eastern PA: West Chester Region, Baltimore & Northern Maryland, and Western Pennsylvania all advanced to the Round of 32 thanks to your votes! Speaking of the first round, we kick it off today with the Wright Region.

Wright Region

#1 West Philadelphia: West & West Catholic vs #9 North Jersey: Newark Region

It’s a quick turnaround for Randy Foye and the Newark team as they now try to take down the #1 seed in the whole tourney. The West & West Catholic team is basically an All-Star squad of the 50’s and 60’s, including several players that have been inducted into Villanova’s Hall of Fame. But in terms of “super stars”, only Randy Foye and Hubie White have their jersey’s retired.

#1 West Philadelphia: West & West Catholic Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Arthur Spector 1941 Philadelphia, PA x x x x x
Hubie White 1962 Philadelphia, PA 20.6 9.7 x x x
Jack Devine 1955 Philadelphia, PA 13 11.3 x x x
Jim Huggard 1961 Philadelphia, PA 15.8 3.7 x x x
Jim Washington 1965 Philadelphia, PA 13.5 14 x x x
Jimmy Smith 1957 Philadelphia, PA 12.7 7.2 x x x
John Driscoll 1960 Philadelphia, PA 10.2 10.3 x x x
Martin Milligan 1956 Philadelphia, PA 5.1 3.3 x x x
Samuel Glassmire 1953 Philadelphia, PA 9.8 4.6 3.6 x x

#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 Sweet 16?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    #1 West Philadelphia: West and West Catholic
    (91 votes)
  • 27%
    #9 North Jersey: Newark Region
    (35 votes)
126 votes total Vote Now

#4 North Jersey: Edison to Elizabeth vs #5 North Philly Suburbs

Have the students become the masters? We’ll find out as current Villanova coach Mike Nardi’s North Jersey team takes on three of his current players in Collin Gillespie, Eric Dixon, and Chris Arcidiacono. Nardi’s team also features John Celestand and the brothers Lance and David Miller. Speaking of brothers though, the North Philly Suburbs is led by the undisputed king of the VU Hoops Summer Tournaments, Ryan Arcidiacono.

#4 North Jersey: Edison to Elizabeth Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Aaron Howard 1982 Linden, NJ 8.1 4.6 1.6 x x
David Miller 1991 Bridgewater, NJ 1 0.4 0.7 0.4 0
James Arnott 1957 Metuchen, NJ 1.1 1.4 x x x
John Celestand 1999 Piscataway, NJ 9.9 2.8 3.6 1.3 0.2
Joseph Servon 1954 South River, NJ x x x x x
Lance Miller 1993 Bridgewater, NJ 12.9 5.6 2.8 1.6 0.5
Michael Denci 1957 Linden, NJ x x x x x
Mike Nardi 2007 Linden, NJ 10.1 2.2 3.3 0.9 0.1
Tyrone Johnson 2012 Plainfield, NJ 3.3 1 2 0.6 0.1

#5 North Philly Suburbs Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Andrew Ott 2008 Abington, PA 0.8 1.3 0 0 0
Chris Arcidiacono Current Langhorne, PA x x x x x
Collin Gillespie Current Warminster, PA 7.7 1.9 2 0.9 0.1
Eric Dixon Current Abington, PA x x x x x
Joe Crews 1968 Wyncotte, PA 11.6 6.6 x x x
Nicholas Maguire 1953 Wyndmoor, PA 11.7 4.9 0.6 x x
Ryan Arcidiacono 2016 Langhorne, PA 11.1 2.3 3.7 1.2 0

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Sweet 16?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    #4 North Jersey: Edison to Elizabeth
    (36 votes)
  • 71%
    #5 North Philly Suburbs
    (91 votes)
127 votes total Vote Now

#3 Central Jersey West vs #6 Northwest Philly Suburbs

Central Jersey West could also be called Trenton, Pennsauken, and Malik Allen. The star of this team is Bill Melchioni, along with his brothers Bob and Tom. The Northwest Philly Suburbs IS the location of Villanova, which is why it has two coaches sons in R.C. Massimino and David Severance. That team is led by Norristown’s Joe Lord and Radnor’s Reggie Robinson.

#3 Central Jersey West Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Bill Melchionni 1966 Pennsauken Township, NJ 19.2 4 x x x
Bob Melchionni 1969 Pennsauken Township, NJ 4.1 1.7 x x x
Frank Frascella Jr. 1944 Trenton, NJ x x x x x
Frederick Price 1947 Trenton, NJ x x x x x
John Olive 1977 Pennsauken, NJ 9.9 6.2 x x x
Joseph Walsh 1962 Trenton, NJ 1.8 2 x x x
Leo Wolf 1950 Trenton, NJ 9.7 x x x x
Malik Allen 2000 Medford, NJ 8.9 5.6 0.8 0.6 1.5
Tom Melchionni 1976 Pennsauken Township, NJ 3.8 0.8 x x x

#6 Northwest Philly Suburbs Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Anthony Cassinelli 1953 Conshohocken, PA 0 0.8 0 x x
Barry Bekkedam 1990 Radnor, PA 2.1 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.4
David Severance 1961 Berwyn, PA 1.1 2.1 x x x
Joe Lord 1947 Norristown, PA 15.8 x x x x
Joe Rogers 1977 Radnor, PA 5.5 2.5 x x x
John Swaze 1951 Norristown, PA x x x x x
Marty McCarthy 1993 Conshohocken, PA 0.1 0.5 0 0 0
R.C. Massimino 1986 Villanova, PA 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.1 0
Rafal Bigus 1999 Radnor, PA 4.9 3.7 0.5 0.2 0.7
Reggie Robinson 1978 Radnor, PA 11 4.7 x x x

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Sweet 16?

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    #3 Central Jersey West
    (114 votes)
  • 6%
    #6 Northwest Philly Suburbs
    (8 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now

#2 Massachusetts & Maine vs #7 North Jersey: Paterson Region

We’ve got some serious star power in this matchup. The M&M team features champions Dwayne McClaine and Jermaine Samuels, sharpshooter Mark Plansky, and All-American Michael Bradley. Paterson has its own pair of stars in 12-year NBA vet Rory Sparrow, and Villanova’s first one-and-done Tim Thomas.

#2 Massachusetts and Maine Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Dwayne McClain 1985 Worcester, MA 12.4 3.5 2.4 1.1 0.4
Jermaine Samuels Current Franklin, MA 4.2 3.7 0.7 0.3 0.5
Joe McDowell 1972 Springfield, MA 2.5 1.8 x x x
Lloyd Mumford 1991 Lexington, MA 3.2 1.1 1.4 0.4 0
Mark Plansky 1988 Wakefield, MA 9.1 4.7 2.2 1 0.1
Michael Bradley 2001 Worcester, MA 20.8 9.8 2.6 0.9 1.8
T.J. Caouette 2000 Winthrop, ME 3.7 1.8 0.6 0.3 0.1

#7 North Jersey: Paterson Region Roster

Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Player Last Season Hometown PTS REB AST STL BLK
Dwight Wilbur 1986 Paterson, NJ 6.1 1.5 1.8 1 0.1
Jahvon Quinerly 2019 Hackensack, NJ 3.2 0.8 0.9 0.2 0
Joe Jackson 1998 Ridgewood, NJ 0.4 0 0.6 0 0
John Holland Jr. 1949 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 0.5 x x x x
John Price 1967 Paterson, NJ 0.7 0.6 x x x
Perry Del Purgatorio 1950 Emerson, NJ 5 x x x x
Rory Sparrow 1980 Paterson, NJ 9.5 2.2 x x x
Tim Muller 1991 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 0.2 0.3 0.1 0 0
Tim Thomas 1997 Paterson, NJ 16.9 6 2.1 1.8 1

Poll

Which Hometown Team advances to the Sweet 16?

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    #2 Massachusetts & Maine
    (104 votes)
  • 16%
    #7 North Jersey: Paterson Region
    (21 votes)
125 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!