May 9, 2013 |
VILLANOVA LEAD guard Tony Chennault, a Neumann-Goretti product, has decided not to transfer after all. Chennault came to the Main Line last offseason after spending 2 years at Wake Forest, where he started as a sophomore. He became eligible to play immediately when the NCAA granted him a hardship waiver, since he made the move to be closer to his ailing mother. Then last May, his older brother/mentor was killed in a still-unsolved shooting incident. When Chennault struggled with his game in the first half of the season, coach Jay Wright said that he thought the tragedy was a factor.
April 25, 2013 |
WITH THE departure of 6-10 senior Mouphtaou Yarou, who averaged 9.9 points and 7.8 rebounds last season, Villanova's basketball team needed to add a big man. Especially since 6-11 Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 3.5 and 4.1 in just under 18 minutes a game as a freshman, remained the only player on the roster over 6-6. Well, the Wildcats got some help Tuesday afternoon, when former Lower Merion High 6-8 power forward Darryl Reynolds, who is completing a...
April 19, 2013 |
SOMETIMES, for whatever reasons, things just don't work out. Former Neumann-Goretti lead guard Tony Chennault transferred to Villanova last offseason after spending 2 years (one as a starter) at Wake Forest, to be closer to his ailing mother. He even got a hardship waiver from the NCAA that made him eligible immediately. But now, after averaging 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18 minutes a game off the bench for a team that won 20 games and made it back to the NCAA Tournament after a 1-year absence, he has decided to move on again.
April 10, 2013 |
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright's salary is $2,290,346, 10th among coaches who made the NCAA Tournament, according to USA Today . Temple's Fran Dunphy's salary of $724,557 was 40th and La Salle's John Giannini's salary of $426,230 was 47th. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the top paid at $7,233,976, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino ($4,078,327), Kansas' Bill Self ($4,750,763), Michigan State's Tom Izzo ($3,220,769) and Florida's Billy Donovan ($3,689,200). The newspaper obtained salary information from 62 of the 68 competing schools.
April 5, 2013 |
VILLANOVA SOPHOMORE guard Achraf Yacoubou is going to transfer, sources familiar with the situation have confirmed. Last season, the 6-4 product of Long Island Lutheran High in the Bronx averaged 3 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 12 minutes a game for a team that finished 20-14 and lost to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Next season the Wildcats will add Dylan Ennis, a Rice transfer who has three seasons of eligibility remaining. So does Ryan Arcidiacono, who led the team in minutes in his first season.
March 29, 2013 |
Shaka Smart turned down a chance to coach UCLA and instead signed a contract extension with Virginia Commonwealth, Sports Illustrated reported. According to the report, which cited an anonymous source, Smart's extension will run through 2023 and pay him about $1.5 million a season. UCLA will have to look elsewhere to replace Ben Howland. Former Bruins star and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's the man for the job. Abdul-Jabbar said Wednesday that he wants to be considered for the Bruins job. "Like all Bruin supporters," Abdul-Jabbar said, "the recent trend at our school hasn't made me happy.
March 25, 2013 |
Villanova experienced a wide swing in its level of play all season, from the embarrassing 18-point home loss to Columbia in November to the March win over Georgetown - its third over a top-five team, which enabled the Wildcats to virtually punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament. Even though two of their weakest areas were exposed in Friday night's 78-71 NCAA South Regional loss to North Carolina that ended their season in Kansas City, Mo., the Wildcats look ahead with optimism after posting a seven-win improvement over the previous year and returning to the tournament.
March 24, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Villanova did what it does every game. It tried. But trying wasn't enough against North Carolina on Friday night, and although the Wildcats made it more of a game than the Tar Heels wanted, they didn't complete the Philly sweep of second-round NCAA tournament games. Down by 20 in the first half, Villanova fought back to take a one-point lead midway through the second but couldn't keep the outcome from slipping though its hands in the final minutes. So, it won't be three for the show come Sunday, when Temple and La Salle will be playing for a berth in the Sweet 16 round.