'Nova will open with host team in Thanksgiving hoop tourney

Posted: June 05, 2007

Villanova will have to contend with the home crowd in the Old Spice Classic at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex this year.

The Wildcats will face the University of Central Florida, squaring off with the Orlando-based school at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 on ESPN2.

In other games on the Thanksgiving Day bill, Penn State will face South Carolina at noon, North Carolina State will meet Rider at 2 p.m. and Kansas State and George Mason will play at 9 p.m.

Twelve games will be played during the 3-day tournament, with the two undefeated teams meeting in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

ESPN will split its coverage on Friday and Sunday between ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Pan Am tryouts

Three players with local ties are among the 30 who received invitations to try out for the Pan Am Games team that Jay Wright will coach this summer.

Three players with local ties are among the 30 who received invitations to try out for the Pan Am Games team that Jay Wright will coach this summer.

Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, Saint Joseph's Ahmad Nivins and former Episcopal Academy star Wayne Ellington (North Carolina) each will vie for one of the 20 roster spots at tryouts to be held July 12 to 14 at Haverford College.

The Pan Am Games are July 13 to 29 in Brazil.

Nardi news

Mike Nardi doesn't know where his long-term basketball future lies. But the former Villanova guard at least has a short-term destination.

Mike Nardi doesn't know where his long-term basketball future lies. But the former Villanova guard at least has a short-term destination.

Nardi will be in Treviso, Italy, from June 20 to July 2, taking part in the European league's version of predraft camp. Nardi expects to work out for four Italian teams when the games begin on June 27 (he's headed over a week early to acclimate himself to the time change and get settled).

Nardi, whose grandparents are from Italy, is just about finished with the paperwork to give him dual citizenship, making him far more attractive to the Italian teams.

Nardi isn't sure he's going to have to brush up on his pasta pronunciations. A chance to play in Spain still looms, and after the NBA draft he likely will be invited to participate in some summer leagues here. If he fills a need, he could just find himself on an NBA roster.

"I really don't know where I'll be yet," he said. "I have to see how it all plays out." *

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