Happy Monday Nova Nation! Welcome to a Monday edition of over-analysis theater in which we dive way to deep into a twitter post. The Villanova Basketball team made an appearance during Saturday’s football game, and the walking boot guard Collin Gillespie had been wearing earlier last week was noticeably absent.
Amazing atmosphere on campus today - Congrats @NovaFootball on the win - V’s up !! pic.twitter.com/dJJUVsAyda— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) September 28, 2019
Twitter pictures obviously aren’t the best source for medical updates, but there are at least two positive takeaways that Nova fans can glean from Jay Wright’s post. First, the walking boot that held Collin Gillespie out of the first day of practice appears to be gone. That’s right in line with Wright’s statements last week, saying it was simply precautionary and that the junior guard could have gone if they needed him to.
The second is the continued rehab of Bryan Antoine’s shoulder. In the first photo, Antoine has both arms raised high with the Villanova V’s, while in the second he has them draped around the shoulders of his teammates. The star freshman looks to be getting range of motion back in the shoulder he had surgery on, and it was even reported that he was seen after practice last week putting up shots.
This all supports my theory that while Wright says they’re not expecting the guard to be at 100% until December, it’s entirely possible we see him playing in games before then. It’s understandable that Villanova wants to ‘err on the side of caution and make sure they’re doing what’s best for Antoine’s health and career first and foremost. But I think we can expect him to see some minutes in the first month of the season.
In other “news”, Villanova Football is now a perfect 5-0, the former Wildcats in the NBA are getting ready to start a new season, and Collin Gillespie is mentioned among the breakout candidates for 2020. Enjoy!
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