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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova news & links for May 24th

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It’s been a while since we had a Link Round-up. It’s five days, and then a long weekend!

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Sales pitch -- Which Big East programs are Villanova's top challengers on the recruiting trail? | ESPN
Jeff Borzello talked to anonymous coaches about the Big East schools that have the most and fewest recruiting advantages. (Sub Req'd)

Five-star prospect Patrick Baldwin Jr. chooses Milwaukee over Duke, Georgetown |
Baldwin is the first mid-major-bound five-star since Makur Maker committed to Howard last year

A baker’s dozen thoughts on Villanova’s 13 scholarship players as the Wildcats prep for another title run | The Athletic
With a blend of experience and talent, the Wildcats should be a top-10 team, maybe even better.

Sales Pitch discussion -- Who's the most underappreciated coach in the Big East? | ESPN
Our panel discusses which Big East men's basketball coach deserves more credit, and other finer points of recruiting in the conference.

Tanoh Kpassagnon brings intriguing potential as low cost free agent acquisition by Saints | Crescent City Sports
Tanoh Kpassagnon signed with the Saints during free agency and somehow flew under the radar. His addition could play a role in strengthening the defensive line. An intriguing option who may not have seen his best football just yet, he inked a two-year, $4.5 million deal including a $500,000 bonus with $2 million guaranteed.

Growing up in Bucks County helped Jay Wright become a Hall of Fame coach at Villanova | Lebanon Daily News
Jay Wright was competitive and successful during his formative years in Churchville. Those trends continue today

Villanova's Jordan Longino on the Iverson Classic and playing for the Wildcats | Inquirer
Longino showed that he can compete with the best players in the country at the all-star competition.

'Mare of Easttown' creator brought his Delco-flavored love of basketball to the popular HBO series |
It's a premise that worked spectacularly well for at least one other writer from Keystone State: An ex-basketball hero from a dreary Pennsylvania town looks for redemption amid the rubble of a troubled adulthood. There's a small Villanova connection in the story.

High school basketball powerhouses form national league set to begin in 2021-22 season | ESPN
Six of the biggest high school basketball powerhouses, including Oak Hill Academy and Montverde Academy, are forming an elite national league set to begin in the 2021-22 season.