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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova News & Links for October 2nd

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The First Weekend of October is here. As you start to get ready for autumn, take a break catching up on these news tidbits and stories.

Saturday is St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

Villanova's depth and veteran savvy make it a national title contender | The Athletic (sub req'd)
Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels returning for another season gave the Wildcats a huge lift in their quest for another national title.

Maui Invitational to be played in Las Vegas in 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Maui Invitational is relocating to Las Vegas this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions in Hawaii.

Villanova's depth and veteran savvy make it a national title contender | The Athletic (sub req'd)
Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels returning for another season gave the Wildcats a huge lift in their quest for another national title.

Preseason All-Americans for the 21-22 season | College Hoops Today
Collin Gillespie makes Jon Rothstein's first team Preseason All-America Team.

The top 20 men's basketball non-conference games, ranked by Andy Katz | NCAA.com
You won't want to miss these non-conference matchups this season. Villanova at UCLA comes in at #3.

Penn State vs. Villanova: Inside 40-year journey to a rematch | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova was scheduled to play Penn State in 1981, but the school's sudden decision to drop football meant the game never happened. Saturday, 40 years later, they'll face off in State College

Dallas Mavs NBA Camp Profile: Jalen Brunson - Another Career-High? | Sports Illustrated
Following a career-high season, Jalen Brunson looks for more of the same in a contract year. Dallasbasketball.com explores the possibilities for the former second-round pick.

‘I bring that defensive toughness’: | The Athletic
New Villanova recruit Brendan Hausen on his game and why the Main Line felt like West Texas. Hausen, a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, followed Mark Armstrong as the Wildcats' second commitment in the Class of 2022.

Masks Required For Attendees at October Basketball Events | Villanova University
Masks to be required at Blue/White Scrimmage and Hoops Mania

Nichols Named Naismith Men's Official of the Year | Villanova University
Nichols honored with Naismith Award as Official of the Year

Preseason All-Americans for the 21-22 season | College Hoops Today
Collin Gillespie makes Jon Rothstein's first team Preseason All-America Team.

Villanova Gear (and other teams) is 25% off this weekend with the code, RAKE

The top 20 men's basketball non-conference games, ranked by Andy Katz | NCAA.com
You won't want to miss these non-conference matchups this season. Villanova at UCLA comes in at #3.

Villanova Women’s Hoops Schedule is out!

Penn State vs. Villanova: Inside 40-year journey to a rematch | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova was scheduled to play Penn State in 1981, but the school's sudden decision to drop football meant the game never happened. Saturday, 40 years later, they'll face off in State College

Dallas Mavs NBA Camp Profile: Jalen Brunson - Another Career-High? | Sports Illustrated
Following a career-high season, Jalen Brunson looks for more of the same in a contract year. Dallasbasketball.com explores the possibilities for the former second-round pick.

‘I bring that defensive toughness’: | The Athletic
New Villanova recruit Brendan Hausen on his game and why the Main Line felt like West Texas. Hausen, a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, followed Mark Armstrong as the Wildcats' second commitment in the Class of 2022.

Masks Required For Attendees at October Basketball Events | Villanova University
Masks to be required at Blue/White Scrimmage and Hoops Mania

Nichols Named Naismith Men's Official of the Year | Villanova University
Nichols honored with Naismith Award as Official of the Year

Belmont Bruins to join Missouri Valley Conference in 2022 | ESPN
Belmont will join the Missouri Valley Conference in 2022, becoming the fourth program to leave the Ohio Valley Conference this year.

Florida Gators' Keyontae Johnson still awaiting medical clearance 10 months after collapsing | ESPN
Florida coach Mike White says Keyontae Johnson hasn't been medically cleared to practice but will remain an integral part of the team as an extra coach as he awaits doctors' word.

Maui Invitational to be played in Las Vegas in 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Maui Invitational is relocating to Las Vegas this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions in Hawaii.

Villanova's depth and veteran savvy make it a national title contender | The Athletic (sub req'd)
Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels returning for another season gave the Wildcats a huge lift in their quest for another national title.

Preseason All-Americans for the 21-22 season | College Hoops Today
Collin Gillespie makes Jon Rothstein's first team Preseason All-America Team.

The top 20 men's basketball non-conference games, ranked by Andy Katz | NCAA.com
You won't want to miss these non-conference matchups this season. Villanova at UCLA comes in at #3.

Penn State vs. Villanova: Inside 40-year journey to a rematch | Philadelphia Inquirer
Villanova was scheduled to play Penn State in 1981, but the school's sudden decision to drop football meant the game never happened. Saturday, 40 years later, they'll face off in State College

Dallas Mavs NBA Camp Profile: Jalen Brunson - Another Career-High? | Sports Illustrated
Following a career-high season, Jalen Brunson looks for more of the same in a contract year. Dallasbasketball.com explores the possibilities for the former second-round pick.

‘I bring that defensive toughness’: | The Athletic
New Villanova recruit Brendan Hausen on his game and why the Main Line felt like West Texas. Hausen, a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, followed Mark Armstrong as the Wildcats' second commitment in the Class of 2022.

Masks Required For Attendees at October Basketball Events | Villanova University
Masks to be required at Blue/White Scrimmage and Hoops Mania

Nichols Named Naismith Men's Official of the Year | Villanova University
Nichols honored with Naismith Award as Official of the Year