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Jalen Brunson talks Villanova Basketball, Championships, and The Big 5

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The NPOY talked with Titus and Tate of One Shining Podcast, and it was everything you wanted and more!

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! On Monday Jalen Brunson reached out to the One Shining Podcast guys and asked to come on. Less than 24 hours later we were treated to quite the entertaining interview with one of Villanova’s All-Time greats.

A lot of topics are covered in here, and we got some answers to a few questions too:

  • Why didn’t Jalen go to Illinois?
  • What’s it like to play in the Big 5?
  • Which Championship meant more?
  • Who was the best player on the 2018 team?
  • Who would Luka Doncic start over at Villanova?

But the best thing to come from the interview was this quote from Jalen on his time at Villanova:

“Even if we didn’t win anything and I didn’t win any awards, the relationships I made will last a lifetime and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.” - Jalen Brunson

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!

In other “news”, Gillespie’s a Top 20 PG, Big East Women’s basketball needs to prepare for incoming UConn, and Villanova players are all over the best young cores in the NBA. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

Top 20 College Basketball Point Guards for the 2018-2019 Season | The Game Haus
The top point guards for the 2019-20 college basketball season with a detailed evaluation on what each player's skill sets are.

Kylie Swider to join brother Cole at Villanova - Sports - The Newport Daily News | Newport, RI
The Portsmouth resident and Tabor Academy standout will attend the same school as brother Cole, who is entering his sophomore season with the Wildcats.

Jalen Brunson’s NPOY Defense, The Million-Dollar Question, And More Offseason Talk | One Shining Podcast
Listen to Jalen Brunson’s NPOY Defense, The Million-Dollar Question, And More Offseason Talk | One Shining Podcast and 135 other episodes by One Shining Podcast With Titus And Tate. No signup or install required.

Big 5

What Happened to the Big 5? | Philadelphia Sports Nation
You remember, right? The days when the biggest amateur games were held in the Palestra, the Mecca of college basketball. The doubleheaders between Penn and Temple followed by the Holy War between Villanova and St.Joes?

Big East

Chasing Ghosts: Calhoun looms large, but clouds parting at UConn | ESPN
Jim Calhoun created a national power at UConn. The Huskies find themselves at a crossroads as they attempt to fortify what he built.

'Oh my gosh, we’ve got to get better’: Big East coaches looking forward to the challenge of playing UConn women | Hartford Courant
The Big East women's basketball coaches are citing increased attendance, better strength of schedule and improved recruiting, because as Marquette coach Megan Duffy says, "You want to play there or go someplace else and try to beat them," as reasons why they are looking forward to the UConn women coming back into the conference.

NBA Wildcats

Who Will Play For Team USA In The FIBA World Cup? | SLAM
Team USA will hold its first intrasquad scrimmage on August 9 and the first FIBA World Cup game will be on September 1 against the Czech Republic. Who will don the red, white, and blue for the country remains to be seen, as many players have already bowed out of the competition.

Warriors player profile: Eric Paschall can bring consistency in rookie season | NBCS Bay Area
The Warriors are high on Eric Paschall, but can he contribute immediately?

Pelicans news: Josh Hart reveals his thought process after Lakers traded him to New Orleans | Clutch Points
Josh Hart admits he was emotional when he found out the Lakers were trading him to the Pelicans, but he quickly turned those sad feelings into happy ones.

NBA Young Core Rankings | The Ringer
Which team has put together the best group of players under the age of 25? We rank all 30 collections of young’uns.

Warriors player profile: Eric Paschall can bring consistency in rookie season | Yahoo! Sports
The Warriors are high on Eric Paschall, but can he contribute immediately?

Golden State Warriors: Which rookie can make an impact from day one? | Blue Man Hoop
Unlike previous years, the Golden State Warriors will look to their rookies for valuable minutes. Which young player can make an impact from day one?

Villanova Football

Villanova football team dismisses low Colonial Athletic Association preseason rankings | The Inquirer
The Wildcats were ranked ninth in the 12-team league, and at the CAA Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, Ferrante brushed it off.

Villanova seeks to shrug off low expectations for football | delcotimes.com
BALTIMORE – Linebacker Drew Wiley and tight end Simon Bingelis weren’t bothered by the fact that Villanova was picked to finish ninth out of the 12 teams in the Colonial

Villanova Adjacent

Ashley Howard - Philly Through and Through | KYW
Ashley Howard is gearing up for his second season as the head men's basketball coach at La Salle University. His Explorers were one of the most improved teams in the country by the end of last season. In Episode #17 of "1-on-1 with Matt Leon", Matt sits down with Howard to talk about his first season at La Salle. They also talk about his days as a player at Drexel and his time as a Villanova assistant where he helped the Wildcats win two national championships.

College Basketball

Why Arizona basketball, Sean Miller will survive recruiting scandal | USA Today
"It's pretty simple: No one cares." Recruits and recruiting experts are paying little mind to potential NCAA penalties for Sean Miller and Arizona.