November 9, 2015 |
The sight might seem a little comical when 11th-ranked Villanova comes out for its first game Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson. An FDU player makes a basket. Villanova center Daniel Ochefu takes the ball out of bounds, looks up, and sees point guards Ryan Arcidiacono, Phil Booth, and Jalen Brunson all waiting for the inbounds pass. Whom does he throw it to? "We honestly don't care," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "We honestly don't. " Wright has played a lot of guards at the same time before.
October 16, 2015 |
NEW YORK - When competition begins this season in the Big East and throughout college basketball, fans are going to have to start getting adjusted to more than 30 rules changes. The most familiar of the changes are the reduction in the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, the fact that there will be no reset of the 10-second clock after a timeout, and the block/charge arc under the basket has been increased to a radius of four feet from three. Villa coach Jay Wright favors the 30-second shot clock, and he also likes a rule that requires a timeout be called by a player on the floor.
October 16, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Villanova finished with the most victories last year in school history, going 33-3. However, all some people want to remember is the "3" - or more specifically, the last one of those three losses that knocked the top-seeded Wildcats out of the NCAA tournament before the second weekend. But for Ryan Arcidiacono and his teammates, the number 33 brings back memories of all the great things the Wildcats did last year, including capturing the regular season and tournament championships in the Big East.
October 11, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will be without 6-8 1/2 freshman Tim Delaney for an indefinite period. The Mullica Hill, N.J., native is undergoing surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The Wildcats have to replace three starters - including 6-7 forward JayVaughn Pinkston, a four-year starter - from a team that won 33 games last season. "Tim had a great summer and preseason," coach Jay Wright said in a statement released yesterday. "The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.
October 6, 2015 |
Jay Wright did it intentionally. The move was nothing crazy. In drills this fall, Villanova's coach wanted his senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, last season's Big East player of the year, and freshman Jalen Brunson, the most accomplished freshman guard in the country, going at each other. He did this knowing they eventually would be on the court together, sharing responsibilities. "Arch has been killing him," Wright said of Brunson. "Just because he's learning things while Arch has been doing it for four years.
October 4, 2015 |
When asked for a general assessment of what he has seen so far in fall workouts, Villanova coach Jay Wright didn't specifically name his most heralded freshman. Asked after Friday's practice about what has stuck out to him, Wright did say, "Our freshmen are very competitive. They've got good basketball IQs so they've come in and fit in right away, which is impressive. " Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Tim Delaney are the newcomers. Brunson is the one who will get the most attention, and have the ball in his hands the most.
September 30, 2015 |
Brett Brown and Jay Wright were sitting in the front seat of the bus as it crossed back from the West Bank and into Israeli territory in late July. They had just given a basketball clinic in Ramallah and were returning to do the same in Jerusalem as part of an outreach program sponsored by a group called PeacePlayers International. At the checkpoint, two young Israeli soldiers boarded the bus and this part was not about games. "People come through and they're checking passports and there's two 18-year-olds with AK-47's.
September 18, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will have to replace center Daniel Ochefu after this season. Yesterday, the Wildcats landed some more frontcourt help for the recruiting class of 2016. Dylan Painter, a 6-10 center from Hershey High School whose stock rose this summer on the AAU circuit, has given Jay Wright a verbal commitment to play on the Main Line. He joins power forward Omari Spellman, who's considered one of the top prospects at that position. Spellman made his decision in February.
August 19, 2015 |
Villanova is deep into the hunt for a new athletic director to replace Vince Nicastro. The school has put together a search committee and hired a leading search firm. The usual stuff these days. If they had hired a search firm 15 years ago, would it have recommended Nicastro? It's an important question. Nicastro turned out to be the right hire to navigate the last 15 years, but would some search firm's turn-of-last-century database have coughed up the school's own former ticket manager who had taken on additional duties as associate athletic director?
August 14, 2015 |
COACHING GAMES, practice, recruiting, scouting, fundraising for the university - a college basketball coach's life is a full one. Yet Villanova's Jay Wright - along with his family, and Sixers coach Brett Brown - recently found time to make a difference in Israel. According to a story from the Catholic News Service, Brown and Wright - along with Wright's wife, Patty, and two of their children, Taylor, 22, and Reilly, 17 - participated in a series of basketball clinics under the auspices of PeacePlayers International, an organization that uses basketball to promote understanding.