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Thursday’s Arizin: Lucky Jay Wright! (Jan. 23)

Wright has been able to scoop up some gems on the recruiting trail, after their high school senior year.

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Jay Wright has struck gold with some four-star and five-star recruits. The Villanova head coach has also found some hidden gems in a few under-recruited prospects.

He’s also been lucky enough to earn some big recruiting wins after a player’s high school senior year. Two of those players, Eric Paschall and Saddiq Bey are the main focus of a couple feature stories on Thursday’s Arizin.

The San Francisco Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Jensen can put it better, and it’s a nice coincidence that both happen to recently write about these two players (links below). Paschall initially played at Fordham before coming to the Main Line. Meanwhile, Bey was originally set to go to N.C. State, but de-committed and eventually rerouted his destination for Villanova, Pa.

There were some lucky breaks to get these two onto campus, and I’m sure Wright and the Wildcat program feel more than grateful that it things worked out the way they did.

And now, “the news:”

How pure luck led Warriors’ Eric Paschall to Villanova coach Jay Wright |
Pure luck. That’s the way Villanova head coach Jay Wright described his connection with Eric Paschall. “It’s so random,” agreed the Warriors’ rookie forward. And proof that you can’t always choose your journey in life.

Saddiq Bey’s growth spurt helps Villanova in all sorts of ways | Mike Jensen
“We got very lucky. We really did,’’ Jay Wright says of getting Bey.

Villanova’s Samuels does it again, Drexel climbing, and other City 6 observations | Mike Jensen
You don’t have to even watch tape to decide Samuels can get you with late threes. Googling will do the trick.

Wildcats Part of 2020 Empire Classic Field at Madison Square Garden - Villanova University Athletics
Villanova will join Baylor, Michigan and N.C. State in the 2020 Empire Classic field

Mavs news: Dallas ‘adamant’ against trading young core players for center
There is still time but the Mavs have to choose fast. They cannot completely replace what Powell was giving to them before the injury happened.

Philly Women’s College Basketball Week in Review & Awards | Philly College Sports
The Wildcats claimed another share of the Big Five Championship, their 17th overall and 10 with a perfect record.

Seton Hall is the Big East's Best-Equipped Final Four Contender | HERO Sports
The Pirates haven't been to the Final Four since 1989.