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Thursday’s Arizin: Cole Swider enters the wild, wild transfer portal (Apr. 1)

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Swider is one of more than 1,100 players in the transfer portal, and he’s already got potential suitors.

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The “news”:

After unprecedented season, Villanova puts tournament exit into context | timesherald.com
The mood in the Villanova locker room after Saturday’s 62-51 loss to Baylor in the South Regional semifinals was what you would expect.

Syracuse contacts Villanova basketball transfer Cole Swider: ‘Cole has renewed interest’ in Orange - syracuse.com
Swider, a Class of 2018 forward, had been recruited by the Orange before he chose Villanova.

College basketball's top 2021 recruiting classes | 247 sports
With March Madness nearing its conclusion, most of the college basketball world has turned to the craziness of the transfer portal. Look beyond that, however, and there is another important date remaining on the college basketball calendar: the opening of the second signing period.

Philadelphia Big 5 men's basketball analysis, a look at the future | Philadelphia Inquirer
This is the first of four stories this week, at the end of the most historically down year in the history of Big 5 men’s basketball, on its future.

Cole Swider, Syracuse Have Mutual Interest - Sports Illustrated
Syracuse is looking into a former recruiting target in the transfer portal.

(Subscription required) Duke, Kentucky, Villanova or Virginia?: Breaking down the decision of five-star guard Trevor Keels – The Athletic
The high school recruit is ranked No. 9 on The Athletic's list of best available players.

The 15 best players currently in the transfer portal: Version 2.0 | Kentucky Sports Radio
Here is an updated list of the best players currently in the transfer portal.

(Subscription Required) Ranking the 50 best available college basketball transfers and high school recruits – The Athletic
There's record movement in the transfer portal and among impact high school recruits still looking to make a college decision.

Elite 8 takeaways: Can Final Four-bound Gonzaga go undefeated? | USA TODAY
The Final Four is now set after No. 1 Gonzaga rolled past Southern California, and UCLA played spoiler again in beating Michigan. What we learned.

Obsessed by the transfer portal, RandBall explains the fascination - StarTribune.com
Turbo-charged form of college free agency.

Supreme Court questions validity of amateurism in NCAA's business model | ESPN
The Supreme Court is questioning the validity of amateurism as part of the NCAA's current business model while also acknowledging concerns about judicial influence on an American tradition.

Supreme Court grills NCAA in compensation case, calling arguments 'entirely circular' and 'somewhat disturbing' | USA TODAY
The NCAA’s lawyer, Seth Waxman, contended that legal precedents and the law itself should allow the NCAA to set the compensation rules.

NCAA announces officials who are selected to work the Final Four | NCAA.com
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has approved 11 game officials recommended by J.D. Collins, the national coordinator of officiating, to work Saturday’s two national semifinal games and Monday’s national championship game.

Men's Soccer: Wildcats Celebrate Senior Day with 4-1 Victory over Connecticut - Villanova University
Villanova scored a season-high four goals in its victory Wednesday over UConn

Men's Tennis: Wildcats Fall to St. John’s, 7-0 - Villanova University
In a match played indoors at the USTA National Tennis Center, Villanova (5-6) faced a BIG EAST opponent for the first time this season and was defeated, 7-0.