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Villanova Basketball Does Frankie Beverly

Kevin Kinkead - July 19, 2018

Kyle isn’t here right now, or else he’d probably want this post.

Here’s the Villanova basketball team doing their best Frankie Beverly at last night’s ESPY Awards:

Not bad, not bad. Just a little off-key, but that’s okay.

Here’s the original so you can compare the two versions and decide who did it better:

Omari Spellman Is Leaving For The NBA

Kyle Scott - May 30, 2018

From his Instagram post:

My experience in college has by far. more than anything else in my life, shaped me into the young man I am today. I have met friends that I will cherish forever. Villanova University is a very special place, and it holds an even more special place in my heart. And to my teamma- no to my brothers I will love you guys forever. Coach Wright has helped me mature as a man along with some of the best coaches in the country Kyle Neptune, Ashley Howard, George Halcovage, and Mike Nardi. I will forever appreciate everything done for me. To the Nova Nation, thank you for the support and love I have received as a member of the family and community, that is something that I will cherish forever and I know Villanova is a place I can always call home. And last, but probably the most important to me, is my mother away from home, Arleshia Davidson. We share a love and bond that will never be broken.
In saying this, I would like to announce that I will forgo my final three years of college eligibility and remain in the NBA Draft!
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING NOVA NATION!!!

NBADraft.net currently has Spellman going 26th overall to the Sixers:

Of course, they could also take Donte DiVincenzo or Jalen Brunson to go along with Mikal Bridges in couping two of the four first round draft picks from Villanova.

Donte DiVincenzo Will Remain in the NBA Draft

Kevin Kinkead - May 29, 2018

First reported by Shams Charania and confirmed by DiVincenzo, who posted the following on his Instagram just before three this afternoon:

“I want to thank Nova Nation for an amazing season this year and the unbelievable amount of support throughout. The Villanova Community has done nothing but support and motivate me to become the best player and person I can be. I love everything about college and Villanova including the amazing people from the professors, staff members, and all the fans across the country. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point. My teammates are my brothers and will share a bond forever. I thank Coach Wright for challenging me day in and day out all while loving me like a son. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for him and the Villanova Basketball program. After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy. I strive to get better as a person and a player everyday, everything that Villanova has instilled in me will allow me to reach all goals I have in mind. Thank you everyone who has supported me and the continuous support going forward. Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. I love you Nova Nation. \\\///”

Probably the right move. DiVincenzo looked like a natural in the combine video I watched and is now being mocked as a late first-rounder. He had lunch with the Celtics recently, who pick at #27 overall. The Sixers pick at #26 in addition to holding the tenth pick. Kyle would fall over dead if Bryan Colangelo went Bridges/Ragu at 10 and 26.

Villanova teammate Omari Spellman has not yet decided whether he will enter the draft or return to the Wildcats.

Jay Wright and His Dog Make Everything Right with the World

Kyle Scott - May 26, 2018

What a pleasant surprise last night– turning on the Phillies game and immediately being greeted by the two-time National Champion and his dog. And what a GOOD DOG it is. Behold, love at work:

That dog’s never leaving for the NBA.

Side note: The Phillies had a bark at the park on Friday of Memorial Day Weekend? Aren’t these things usually reserved for Tuesday games April? That’s kind of sad we, as fans, aren’t filling the ballpark right now, because this team is actually fun to watch.

The Celtics Reportedly Met With Donte DiVincenzo

Kevin Kinkead - May 23, 2018

From Adam Zagoria at the New York Times:

Hmmm, well DiVincenzo might not even be available at 27. The Villanova star, who was originally just testing the NBA waters, could instead hire an agent and enter the draft. He had an excellent combine and is now viewed as a late first round pick, mocked as high as 18 by CBS Sports (Spurs) and 20 by Sports Illustrated (Wolves). I’ve seen other mocks that have him going 30th (Hawks), 29th (Nets), and 21st (Utah).

He’ll have until May 30th to decide whether he’s in or out, but if he projects to go in the first round, I can’t imagine a Villanova return.

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Donte DiVincenzo Will Enter The NBA Draft

Kyle Scott - April 19, 2018

Me, on March 17:

As noted previously, I was laughed at, scorned, mocked and derided for my superior take. Russ told me I was being ridiculous.

Villanova, today:

Gulp. If DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman leave, there’s a real possibility Villanova will only be a top 10 team next year. I’m not even sure how to deal with this.

I wrote at length about DiVincenzo’s draft prospects earlier this month. My guess is he comes back for another year. He would be able to play himself into a high first round pick and be a candidate for All-American.

That said, NBADraft.net currently has four Villanova players going in the first round:

That is astounding. Omari Spellman would be the perfect, er, spell for Embiid, too, seeing as though he can step outside and hit the three. Regardless, this is early days and it’s quite possible that both Spellman and DiVincenzo return for another season and National Championship, but this is quite the list.

Omari Spellman Will Declare For The NBA Draft

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2018

Villanova press release:

Villanova redshirt freshman forward Omari Spellman (Cleveland, Ohio) will enter his name into the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft process but won’t hire an agent, it was announced today.

Spellman was tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year for his work in 2017-18. He started 39 of Villanova’s 40 games last season and averaged 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds as the Wildcats set a school record with 36 victories on their way to the NCAA national championship. Spellman connected on .433 of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc and led the Wildcats with 59 blocked shots.

“Omari’s intelligence and willingness to be coached allowed him to make great strides last season,” stated Wildcats head coach Jay Wright. “His development as a complete Villanova Basketball player was instrumental to our team’s success. We look forward to working together with Omari and his family in the coming weeks as they go through the process of evaluating the next step in his basketball career.”

The 2017-18 Villanova Men’s Basketball season is presented by KeyBank.

Fahcksticks!

That’s a guy from Boston being upset. I’m not from Boston, but I am upset… and also a little bit amused that Villanova has a sponsor for its press releases. They’ve run out of places to keep all the money. Pretty soon they’re going to have to build a car wash, a la Walter White, to stash all the ongoing capital campaign funds lest they want to build another bridge across Lancaster Avenue. This is so good for business.

Where was I? Ah, right, Spellman. Well that would be a donkey punch to the 2018-2019 Wildcats, who are also losing Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges to the league. If Spellman leaves, I might have to come to terms with the notion that Villanova might not win the National Championship next year. I suppose this is what it feels like to be a Duke fan.

Spellman’s game just oozes NBA. It drips NBA. If he sat on your couch, he would leave behind little NBA stains when he got up. His ability to bang down low and step out and hit the three is perfect for the current iteration of the sport. It’s kind of mind-boggling that he was Villanova’s best three-point shooter. Baby Embiid I’ve called him. With good reason.

This is a smart move for him. He can test the waters and return for a sophomore season if league signals intelligence isn’t favorable. Selfishly, I’d like for that to be the case, but if nothing else him leaving would shut up that dipshit Jalen Rose about Villanova not having any one-and-done players.

Jalen Brunson is Turning Pro

Kevin Kinkead - April 11, 2018

Why wouldn’t he?

There’s nothing left to achieve at Villanova.

He’s the Naismith Player of the Year and a two-time national champion, the Wildcats’ leading scorer this season and a leader on and off the court. He’ll follow his father Rick to the NBA and forego his senior season on the Main Line.

Brunson wrote a letter to Villanova after making his decision, which was published on ESPN:

“Dear Nova Nation,

It is with great honor and privilege that I have called Villanova University my home for the past three years. When I decided to commit to Coach Jay Wright and the basketball program, I was driven by three goals: getting my education, competing at the highest level and winning a national championship. While I pride myself on remaining disciplined and focused to achieve these goals, I have grown as a man and have established lifelong relationships with my teammates, classmates, members of the basketball staff, fellow student-athletes and the wonderful educators and administrators of this prestigious university.

After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent. I want to thank my parents, family members including extended family, and close friends for their continued love and support through this process. I would also like to thank all the coaches that I have had throughout my career for everything they have done for me and my family. Lastly, I want to thank my teammates for welcoming me to a family that I am forever grateful for being able to join.

Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!

Love,

Jalen Brunson”

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