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Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges set for a wild reunion on Team USA | NBA.com
Former teammates at Villanova, Josh Hart, Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson are together again on Team USA as FIBA World Cup play nears.

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Big East in great shape amid massive college realignment because ‘basketball is still king’ | nj.com
Because it's a basketball-centric league with no football, the Big East is in strong shape amid all the college realignment, Rick Pitino says.

Knicks signing Josh Hart to $81 million extension | NY Post
The Knicks and Josh Hart are finalizing a four-year, $81 million extension, ESPN reported, on the first day that Hart is eligible to be extended.

Nova Notebook: Burton Brings Toughness to Cats' Frontcourt | Villanova University
Richmond transfer averaged 19.0 points and 7.4 rebounds a game last season

Naismith Hall of Fame Honors Coach Rollie Massimino | Villanova University
Massimino Honored with Naismith Coaches Circle Legacy Award

Team USA tour may be the height of Mikal Bridges’ hoops life. And he’s done a lot | The Athletic
For the 26-year-old, two NCAA titles at Villanova, an NBA Finals trip and more don't quite compare to this 'amazing' experience.

VIDEO: New York Knicks' Jalen Brunson Reflects on, Revels in Team USA World Cup Experience | Sports Illustrated
New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson shared the story of his FIBA upbringing in Team USA's "The Twelve."