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Villanova Basketball’s Ryan Arcidiacono signs a three year deal with Bulls

Arch has beaten out Kris Dunn... again.

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! A few things to touch on before we all go an celebrate ‘Merica! First off, a huge congrats to Ryan Arcidiacono on a brand new 3 year deal with the Bulls. Originally, Arch had just been offered a one year qualifying offer, but this extension to three years shows the confidence they have in him to be the team’s backup behind rookie Coby White.

The more intriguing part of this deal for Big East fans is that it essential seals the deal on Chicago trying to move Kris Dunn in some type of trade. You’ll remember that Dunn and Arcidiacono shared the Big East Player of the Year honor in 2015 before Dunn won it outright in 2016. Arcidiacono of course one upped him back then with an NCAA Championship and Final Four MOP honor. It looks like Arch is about to come out on top again.

Switching from Nova’s past to its future, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is proving to be every bit the player we thought he could be when he committed to the Wildcats. He’s a scoring threat from everywhere, solid rebounder, and an excellent passer. That last point will be especially valuable as I won’t be surprised to see the Wildcats play through him on the interior this season. Trust me when I say he could be the team’s MVP in 2020.

And lastly, big shout out to Eric Paschall who is already breaking out at Summer League. Despite a losing effort, the rookie put up a team high 18 points last night against the Lakers. He shot 6-8 from the floor and was perfect (2-2) from behind the arc. And of course, he did very Eric Paschall things:

Happy Early July 4th to everyone in the Nova Nation, and have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

In other “news”, Nova at Temple date revealed, Kevin Ollie and UConn are hit by the NCAA, and Darrun Hilliard gets a new team. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

USA Completes Pool Play With 3-0 Mark at U19 World Cup | Villanova University Athletics
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Tam USA completed the advance to the round of 16 at U19 World Cup.

USA U19 Men Remain Unbeaten, Outpace Senegal 87-58 | USAB
Scoring first and never trailing, the USA U19 men pulled away in the second half for a 87-58 victory over Senegal on July 2 in Heraklion, Greece.


UNC Basketball: Tar Heels showing interest in this top-5 prospect | Keeping It Heel
Top-5 prospect says UNC basketball program is showing him interest, credits Tar Heels assistant coach Hubert Davis. The North Carolina basketball

Big 5

New Temple basketball coach Aaron McKie’s nonconference schedule announced | The Inquirer
The Owls host Drexel on Nov. 5 in what will be the first game for their new head coach. They play Villanova on Feb. 16.

Temple Non-Conference Schedule Announced | Temple Update
Villanova will play at Temple on Feb. 16th.

NBA Summer League

Rookie Paschall Scores 18 in Second Game of California Classic | Golden State Warriors
The Warriors took their second loss in as many days as they dropped Game 2 of the California Classic 100-90 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Though the Dubs came out firing with an early 15-4 lead thanks to early energy from Damian Jones (10 points, eight rebounds, two blocks) and Malachi Richardson (nine points, 3-for-4 on treys), the Lakers scored 15 points on 11

NBA free agency: How will the Warriors fare with a young roster? | Oroville Mercury-Register
The day has mostly consisted of studying new scouting reports, new playbooks and new rules. Then, the Warriors young draft picks either pick up their phones, turn on their televisions or scours the web. Then, they learn they have a new teammate. “I have to follow it, knowing who’s going to be part of the team,” Warriors rookie Eric Paschall said in amusement. “You have to follow who’s on the team now. I think it’s a good group.”

NBA Wildcats

Bulls news: Chicago keeps Ryan Arcidiacono with 3-year, $9 million deal | Clutch Points
The Chicago Bulls have decided to re-sign restricted free agent guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a three-year deal worth $9 million.

Bulls reach terms with Ryan Arcidiacono on a 3-year, $9 million deal and get a commitment from free-agent big man Luke Kornet | Chicago Tribune
Don’t discount Ryan Arcidiacono’s chances to worm his way into some playing time. He's beloved by Bulls coach Jim Boylen for his ball security and toughness.

Sixers renounce rights to former first-round pick Anzejs Pasceniks | PhillyVoice
In case you're wondering, he's the guy that went right before Josh Hart. Way to go Sixers.

2020 NBA free agency: Top 30 players available in next year's class, led by Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry |
Next summer's free agency period probably won't have the excitement we're experiencing now. Also, all of the Toronto players will be free agents.

Turtle Beach Extends Partnership With Roc Nation, Signs NBA First-Round Picks Washington, Porter | YAHOO! Finance
The San Diego-based video game headset manufacturer announced the deal Tuesday, and the draft picks will join Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans in creating content that highlights the company's gaming equipment.

Euro Wildcats

CSKA brings scorer Hilliard aboard | EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL
CSKA Moscow has made swingman Darrun Hilliard its first new signing for the squad that will try to defend the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown. Welcome to the Official Site of Euroleague Basketball. Live Matches, Stats, Standings, Teams, Players,...

NFL Wildcats

Brian Westbrook is the greatest Eagles player to wear No. 36 | 247 Sports
Brian Westbrook was one of the most electrifying players in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles, demonstrating the ability to change a game with one play. Westbrook performed this feat several times in his eight-year career with the Eagles, most notably the second Miracle in the Meadowlands that saved the 2003 season.

MLB Wildcats

Pro Baseball Local Recap: Hunter Schryver gets first wins; Michael Hope ups scoreless streak to 9 innings |
We're debuting a new weekly segment recapping how Cumberland County athletes in minor league and independent baseball are doing around the country. Here's an update on Cumberland Valley grad Hunter

Villanova Athletics

Dear Running: You Have Revealed An Important Side Of Me | Mile Split
Portsmouth senior Nikki Merrill writes a letter to running following her career as a high school athlete

Jack Fredian triumphs in Snow King Hill Climb |
Jack Fredian is a college athlete — a runner, no less. Still, running up Snow King Mountain at 8:30 on a Saturday morning proved a little difficult. Fredian, originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, just finished his freshman year at Villanova University, where he is on the cross-country and track teams.

Villanova Adjacent

A Bright Light Has Been Extinguished |
Steve Gepp meant more to Donovan Catholic then just wins and losses. He was admired and revered by his players, many of whom stayed in touch over the years.

All aboard! Canfield’s Babbaro takes ‘Train Station’ fitness to next level with CrossFit, youth sports training |
Babbaro was a standout football player for the Cardinals and collegiately with the Villanova Wildcats

College Basketball

NCAA: Former UConn coach Kevin Ollie violated head coach responsibility rules | NBC Sports
Ollie was given a three-year show-cause penalty.

Jaylen Fisher commits to Grand Canyon | NBC Sports
Former TCU guard Jaylen Fisher is headed to Grand Canyon.