April 8, 2016 |
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
March 16, 2016 |
Coming off the bench for Villanova in his first two seasons, Kris Jenkins usually stood behind the three-point arc and fired when open. He did his job relatively well, knocking down better than 37 percent of his shots from deep. However, his coach, Jay Wright, wanted to see a little more variety in his game inside the arc this season, and talked with Jenkins about it. "We really only needed him as a three-point shooter" in his first two years, Wright said Monday. "So this year we needed him to do both.
March 21, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - With all the problems Lafayette had to deal with, stone walls around the inside, that grab bag of Villanova shooters around the perimeter - another one appeared at the scorer's table, making it practically a pile-on. Villanova's eighth player to check in, a guy who played less than all the others in Thursday's first half of their NCAA East Regional opener, was the one who took care of things for good. One moment, Lafayette fans who had filled Section 111 of the Consol Energy Center almost as soon as the doors opened were looking at a best-case scenario, their Leopards practically sticking around.
March 28, 2016
The first name of Villanova basketball player Kris Jenkins was spelled incorrectly in a front-page caption in some editions of Sunday's Inquirer. A "News in Brief" item Sunday contained an incorrect Web address for voter registration in Pennsylvania. The address is www.votespa.com .
December 14, 2015 |
Who: La Salle (4-3, 0-1 Big Five) at Villanova (7-1, 1-0). When/where: Sunday, 5 p.m.; the Pavilion. TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WTEL-AM (610). Villanova top three: Josh Hart (14.6 ppg., 7.3 rpg.); Ryan Arcidiacono (12.1 ppg., 3.8 apg., 49.3 FG percentage); Kris Jenkins (11.5 ppg., 3.8 rpg.). La Salle top three: Jordan Price (25.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 53.0 FG percentage); Cleon Roberts (12.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 2.6 steals); Johnnie Shuler (10.4 ppg., 5.4 rpg.).
April 11, 2016 |
Villanova and its fans are going to savor the 2016 national championship for much of the foreseeable future and replay Ryan Arcidiacono's pass and Kris Jenkins' game-winning shot in their heads time after time after time. Sooner or later, however, the Wildcats must start preparing for the 2016-17 season knowing that the challenge of defending a national championship may be tougher than winning it the first time. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, that means making sure his returning players have their feet back on the ground, ready to put in the work that was necessary this past season.
April 6, 2016 |
HOUSTON - Now there is another Villanova team to put on the wall and leave there forever. The long wait since 1985 ended on Monday night on a spotlit court in a football stadium. It ended when a confident forward named Kris Jenkins launched a three-point shot at the buzzer with the score tied and nothing less than the national championship riding on the outcome. The shot slid effortlessly through the basket as time expired. The red lights came on, the fireworks sparked, the confetti dropped, and the Wildcats rushed together in a champion's embrace.
May 4, 2016 |
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season in 2016-17, the university disclosed Monday night. "It was a great experience for me to go through this process," the 6-foot-6 forward said. "I'm looking forward to concentrating on graduating next year and getting back to work with my teammates at Villanova. " Jenkins and guard Josh Hart said last month that they planned to enter the NBA draft evaluation process. Players are allowed to withdraw from the draft within 10 days after the NBA combine, which is scheduled for May 11-15 in Chicago.
December 3, 2013 |
Villanova returned Sunday from the Bahamas with the championship trophy from the Battle 4 Atlantis and increased confidence that it will contend in the Big East, and perhaps nationally. Thanks to victories over second-ranked Kansas in the semifinals and No. 23 Iowa in Saturday night's title game, the Wildcats (7-0) could become the conference's highest-ranked team when the latest Associated Press top 25 poll is released on Monday. But while he reveled in watching his players celebrate on the floor at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Paradise Island, Jay Wright provided some perspective.
April 6, 2016
HOUSTON - Late Saturday night, a few hours after a basketball masterpiece had gotten Villanova to the national championship game, I sent Jay Wright a text: "Whatever happens Monday night, I will be sad about one thing, that I don't get to see this group play together again. It has been an amazing show with an all-time crescendo. " If you love the game, you recognize those rare moments when it is played at such a high level, you simply don't want it to end. That was Villanova in this NCAA Tournament.