Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels Returning to Villanova

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Hey here’s some news that will surely arouse The Maestro:

Gillespie tore his MCL in March, which ended his season prematurely. Nova wasn’t the same without him, but got to the Sweet 16 and gave Baylor a nice test before ultimately falling to the eventual champs.

Averaging 14.4 points and 4.7 assists this year, he was Nova’s best and most experienced player, coming off the bench for the 2018 title-winning team and then assuming a starting role in the following seasons.

Also returning is Jermaine Samuels:

Samuels averaged 12/6/2 this season, and had a nice tournament, shooting 13-24 from the floor and hitting 15 of 16 free throws. He didn’t have a great three-point shooting experience in the Big Dance, but scored 16 against Baylor and 15 against North Texas. He’s a 6’7″ forward and shoe-in starter who helped filled the Gillespie void, post injury.

Good stuff for the Cats, who will be a preseason top-10 team with both seniors returning.

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