SOURCES HAVE confirmed Internet rumblings that junior swingman Dominic Cheek could leave Villanova early for the NBA draft.
The Wildcats already are losing junior lead guard Maalik Wayns, their leading scorer (17-plus points a game) and a second-team all-Big East selection.
Neither Cheek nor coach Jay Wright, who was out of town recruiting, could be reached for comment.
The 6-6 Cheek averaged 12.5 points in 30 minutes per game, both second-best on a team that finished 13-19 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He shot 39 percent from the floor, 32 beyond the arc, and 80 at the free-throw line. His biggest problem, like much of the team, was probably inconsistency. So at this point, it's hard to say whether he'd even project as a second-round pick. But it takes only one team. And if nothing else, Cheek is athletic, with a skill set best suited for an up-tempo game.