April 7, 2016 |
Dante Cunningham's alma mater is the national champion, and he's gloating over it. "I definitely have some bragging rights," the New Orleans Pelicans power forward said Tuesday of Villanova's 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the NCAA title game. "You guys can't tell me nothing for the whole year. 'Nova is definitely number one. " The Pelicans faced the 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Wildcats star visited Villanova's campus on Monday afternoon. He walked on the Pavilion's court and took pictures inside the arena as a way to "feel the atmosphere and the aura.
September 14, 2011
Former Villanova basketball star Dante Cunningham will not face charges for possession of marijuana, drug parapernalia and a loaded pellet gun. The charges were withdrawn yesterday in Radnor Township. Cunningham, a power forward for the Charlotte Bobcats, was arrested in early May after he was stopped on Lancaster Avenue and police allegedly detected the smell of marijuana inside his car. He also was charged with an equipment violation on his car and disorderly conduct because of unreasonable noise.
September 14, 2011
A district court judge on Tuesday threw out most charges against a former Villanova basketball star stemming from an April traffic stop. At a hearing in Wayne, Judge John C. Tuten dismissed charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana against Dante Cunningham, 24, a forward for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. A summary offense of possessing a loaded pellet gun was also tossed out. Cunningham pleaded guilty to automotive equipment violations and paid a $225 fine.
September 14, 2011 |
A former Villanova basketball star whose loud, souped-up pickup drew the attention of Radnor Township police to marijuana and a pellet gun in his possession during a traffic stop in April got a break from a district court judge Tuesday. At a hearing in Wayne, Dante Cunningham, 24, learned that misdemeanor charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana were being dismissed by Judge John C. Tuten. Having a loaded pellet gun, a summary offense police had lodged against him, also was tossed out. Cunningham, a forward for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, left the court minutes after pleading guilty and paying a $225 fine for equipment violations - overly wide wheels and a too-high bumper.
March 16, 2011 |
Jay Wright is coaching. His players are on the Pavilion court, stretching and chanting and preparing for practice. Wright is off to the side, talking to a cluster of reporters. But he is coaching. He was coaching when he did a phone interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN-AM a few minutes earlier, praising his seniors on the loudest station in their native New York market, and he is coaching now. He was coaching when he addressed his team, is coaching whenever he talks to his players informally as individuals, and he'll be coaching nonstop until the final buzzer sounds on Villanova's season.
June 25, 2009 |
Dante Cunningham is blessed with a calm demeanor. But the Villanova basketball player admits that he's been a little anxious of late. Something about the uncertainty of where, or if, he'll be drafted in tonight's NBA draft will do that. "[The] last night, you are tossing and turning" in bed, Cunningham said yesterday. "You can't go to a team and tell them, 'Pick me here.' " Several mock drafts have the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward going in the second round. DraftExpress.
April 3, 2009 |
The Daily News spoke with a coach from a team that played both North Carolina and Villanova this season. In exchange for anonymity, he was willing to share his observations on both teams and how he sees the matchup. "Villanova," the coach said, "needs to hold its own on the glass. " The coach sees Dante Cunningham as a very difficult matchup for the Tar Heels. He thinks Cunningham is too quick for Tyler Hansbrough and, if Deon Thompson or Ed Davis guards him, "he needs to knock down the 15-footer that he has all season.
April 2, 2009 |
One strand of the net remained on the rim, one last chance in Villanova's victorious net-cutting ritual at the TD Banknorth Garden for a player to snip it, triumphantly hold it in the air, and wear it around his neck as a wreath of honor. The honor went not to Scottie Reynolds, the hero of the game, nor to Dante Cunningham. It went to Frank Tchuisi. Yes, the 6-foot-8 senior forward from Cameroon, who played only 78 minutes in 23 games and scored just 21 points all season, was the final player up on the ladder Saturday after the Wildcats' dramatic 78-76 victory over Pitt, which got them to the Final Four.
March 27, 2009
BOSTON - The calendar turns and the obstacles grow larger. It is what the NCAA Tournament is about. You get scared in one round and you grow up in the next round and you hope that the momentum continues. Hope. Through everything, it remains the dominant emotion. To paraphrase Bill Parcells, the old basketball coach, you are what the tournament says you are. And what the Villanova Wildcats are is an elite American college basketball program. When they arrived for their Sweet 16 game last night against the Duke Blue Devils, it was their fourth journey of this distance in five seasons.
March 12, 2009 |
Dante Cunningham carries himself straight and tall on his 6-foot-8 frame, looks people in the eye when addressing them, and speaks directly to make his point without excess words. That's to be expected from the son of parents who each served 30 years in the Air Force before retiring, although Cunningham is quick to point out that he didn't always fit the mold of a military kid. "I'm no angel or anything like that," the Villanova senior forward said before a recent practice, "but it was never anything bad. They definitely kept me on the straight and narrow.