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Friday’s Arizin: Peach Jam updates, scholar-athletes, another poll, and more!

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TGIF!

Happy Friday!

Before we hit the links, let’s start things off with a hypothetical situation and a fun poll: You have 15 attempts to make a single half-court shot. If you make one out of the 15 shots, you get $15 million. Miss ‘em all—and you’re going to spend the next 15 years in a maximum security prison. Would you take that risk and step up to the line?

Poll

Are you stepping up to the line for a chance at $15 million, knowing that 15 years in prison is a possibility if you miss all 15 shots?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Yes! I’m pretty confident in my half court shooting skills.
    (102 votes)
  • 78%
    Nope, not much of a gambler. You all go ahead, I’ll watch.
    (362 votes)
464 votes total Vote Now

And now, the “news.” Updates on a couple of Villanova targets at Peach Jam, a look into those non-conference tournaments for the 2019-20 season, more praise for Villanova, and some local things to watch out for:

Recruiting

Basketball Recruiting - Peach Jam: Devin Askew talks college suitors, reclassification
Could Askew become the 2020 PG Villanova fans have been looking for?

R.J. Davis goes off at Peach Jam with slew of coaches watching, talks recruiting | Zagsblog
Villanova hasn’t formally offered the ascending 2020 point guard yet, but the ‘Cats have been keeping tabs on the New York native.

Early Looks at Non-Conference Tournaments & College Hoops

Ranking the best non-conference tournaments this upcoming college basketball season | NCAA.com
Andy Katz ranks the best non-conference tournaments on ESPN’s networks for the upcoming college basketball season.

Your guide to 13 early-season college basketball tournaments | ESPN
The fields for 13 early-season college basketball tournaments were announced Thursday. Here’s your handy guide to all 13 ESPN-aired events.

Florida makes big move in Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20 | ESPN
Florida and Kansas added key transfers, helping them ascend in our early stacking of the 2019-20 college hoops pecking order.

More Villanova Fanfare

Wildcats Earn NABC Team Academic Excellence Award | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova was among the teams honored by the NABC for its Academic work

NABC Announces 2018-19 Team Academic Excellence Awards | NABC
Villanova was among the teams honored by the NABC for its 2018-19 Academic work.

Union Head Coach Jim Curtin signs a “deserved” multi-year contract extension - PHILLY SPORTS NETWORK
More props for the Villanova alumnus on his recent new deal.

Eyes On the Main Line

Big Changes are Coming to SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale Line
I'll believe it, when I see it!

Ardmore Restaurant Week Returns July 15-28, 2019
Mark your calendars! More than 20 eateries will participate in this culinary event, which kicks off with a Bastille Day block party.

John Smallwood, Sam Donnellon, Rick O’Brien Taking Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News Buyouts | Crossing Broad
Changes are brewing on local news teams.