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Top 20 College Basketball Small Forwards for the 2021-2022 Season: 10-1 | Game Haus
The top small forwards in the country for 2021-2022 college basketball season with their evaluations as a player. Jermaine Samuels comes in at #6.

LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards headline 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Teams | NBA.com
NBA All-Rookie First Team also features former Villanova Wildcats and Detroit’s Saddiq Bey.

Patterson a Finalist for USA Basketball U19 Team | Villanova University
Seventeen finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team were announced Monday night, following four practice sessions over two days at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas that involved 26 players.

Jay Wright right pick to change Wizards loser culture | Washington Times
Sheppard is stepping up to the plate now in a key moment, a moment that could change the fortunes of a franchise that has been walking in the desert for more than 40 years. And the swing he needs to take is just up the interstate in Philadelphia. LOLZ

Are Kentucky and Villanova The Top Two Options for 2023 #1 Prospect DJ Wagner? | EssentiallySports
A lot of colleges are in the running for class of 2023 #1 prospect DJ Wagner. Could Kentucky and Villanova be leading the race?

New Orleans’ Kerry Kittles was a shooting star at Villanova, in NBA | Crescent City Sports
For new Villanova head basketball coach Steve Lappas, it was the first day of practice in October 1992. He looked at his assistants and proclaimed, “gentlemen, we have a problem.” The assistants asked for clarification and Lappas accommodated by answering, “our best player is that freshman over there.”

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: Most Polarizing Draft Prospect | The Knicks Wall
Beyond the positional projection for Villanova's Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the tall forward could be a poor fit on the Knicks.

The mindset that got Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to Villanova has stayed with him through NBA Draft process | The Athletic (subscription req'd)
Robinson-Earl is at the NBA Draft Combine after spending the last few months working out with trainers to get ready for the process.

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