May 24, 2013
ASHLEY HOWARD could be setting some kind of City 6 record when Villanova officially announces, probably sometime next week, that he is the newest assistant to basketball coach Jay Wright. Howard, a 2004 Drexel graduate, spent 4 years as a La Salle assistant and another 4 years as an assistant at Drexel. He spent last season as an Xavier assistant. So Villanova will be the third of the six city Division I schools in his first decade as a coach, certainly a unique résumé. Howard, the son of St. Joseph's Prep and Maryland great Mo Howard, will replace Raphael Chillious who was one of Wright's assistants last season.
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 |
Sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou has decided to transfer from Villanova, according to several web reports. The 6-foot-4 Yacoubou, the New York state player of the year in 2011, averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 games for the Wildcats this season. He was fourth on the team with 21 three-point baskets, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, and had a season-high 13 points in a win last December over Penn. He saw his playing time decrease toward the end of the season, however, and did not play in three of Villanova's last six games.
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.