July 24, 2016 |
Scottie Reynolds stepped onto the court and immediately flashed a smile that couldn't be erased. The looseness he played with during his four years at Villanova was evident once again. Before the game started, he swayed to the warm-up music at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Athletic Center. Slipped inside his bright neon blue sneakers, he pointed to the crowd when he was introduced by the public address announcer. As he dribbled the ball up court, he held up hand signals, yelled, "Hey!
April 1, 2016 |
Considered the best-dressed coach in college basketball for seven years now, Villanova's Jay Wright is clearly a man of style. That said, Wright's tailor, Gabriele D'Annunzio - the man largely responsible for Wright's courtside look - has a key piece of advice for the coach when he chooses the suit for his team's Saturday-night Final Four game against Oklahoma. Go with the dark-blue double-breasted. That would be one of the four suits D'Annunzio made for Wright at the beginning of the season at his Newtown Square bespoke men's shop, D&B Tailors.
March 31, 2016 |
OTHER THAN that magical April Fools', Jake Nevin-inspired night in Lexington 31 years ago, it remains the shining moment in Villanova basketball lore. Reggie Redding to Dante Cunningham to Scottie Reynolds to the 2009 Final Four. Just as the Wildcats had drawn it up. "I don't think it was a fluke that it happened," Reynolds recalled, as if it happened yesterday. "It worked in practice. But that was different. " You think? The Wildcats, who'd finished fourth in the Big East that season, were the No. 3 seed in the East Region.
March 23, 2016 |
Ryan Arcidiacono played in his 140th Villanova game on Sunday when the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16. That is the new school record - breaking the mark of 139 held by Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds - and will be until Thursday when the NCAA tournament continues with Arcidiacono playing at least one more. It was fitting that Villanova's advancement to the deeper rounds of the tournament for the first time since 2009 coincided with Arcidiacono setting the only individual team record he will hold.
March 22, 2016 |
With 30 seconds to go and Villanova's second-round hurdle in the NCAA tournament successfully cleared on Sunday, senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono walked off the Barclays Center court to the bench and was caught in an extended hug by his coach, Jay Wright, who thumped him on the back several times. "I just told him, 'This is your team. You're why we're here,' " Wright said. "He's one of the best. I think you can really say he's one of the best of all time. " Arcidiacono played his usual quietly spectacular game in the Wildcats' 87-68 victory over Iowa, a win that carried them into the Sweet 16 for the first time since their Final Four team of 2009 did it. Sunday's performance also ended a run of three straight crashes in the second round as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
March 16, 2016 |
PHIL MARTELLI calls them the bluebloods. You know, the royalty of the college basketball universe: North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State. The usual suspects. None of them has won 91 of its last 104 games, as Villanova has, even if the only numbers many folks get hung up on are 2-2, which is 'Nova's record in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, first as a No. 2 seed and then a No. 1. Martelli doesn't happen to be one of those people. He views things differently, because of the way the Wildcats are getting it done.
February 10, 2016 |
(On the occasion of Villanova being voted No. 1 in the nation in both polls, it seemed like a good time for Dick Jerardi and Mike Kern to have a talk about the Wildcats - where they've been, where they're going, and how they might compare to some of the great Jay Wright teams of the recent past. For the record, the Wildcats are the first Philadelphia team to be No. 1 since Saint Joseph's in 2004.) DJ : I love watching this team because of the effort, passing and understanding of how to win close games.
March 24, 2014 |
IN PHILADELPHIA, we have been blessed with a history of great college basketball and great college basketball coaches. Think about it: We've had true legends like Harry Litwack, John Chaney, Jack Kraft and Rollie Massimino and future NBA greats like Dr. Jack Ramsay and Chuck Daly. Our current crop of coaches is keeping up the tradition. In fact, for Jay Wright and Phil Martelli, the two local coaches whose teams reached the NCAA Tournament this year, this season could be said to be the best coaching jobs of their illustrious careers.
March 4, 2014 |
Jay Wright did not build his reputation at Villanova, has not maintained a consistent measure of excellence in his basketball program over the last decade, with players like Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard is a Villanova guard, and for a long time, the term "Villanova guard" has carried a certain connotation, has conjured memories of certain players who played a certain way and fit a certain physical and stylistic profile. When one thinks of a "Villanova guard" during Wright's tenure as head coach, the names are familiar: Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns - none of them taller than 6-foot-4, all of them tougher than goatskin, each a key contributor to a nine-year stretch that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament eight times, the regional semifinals four times, the regional finals twice, and the Final Four once.
March 15, 2012 |
As anticipated by most, including Villanova coach Jay Wright, Wildcats junior lead guard Maalik Wayns is indeed going to put his name into the pool of available candidates for the NBA draft. "I want to test the waters at this point to see where I stand," the 6-foot-2 Roman Catholic High product said in a statement released Wednesday by the university. "I think this is a smart decision for Maalik at this stage of his career," Wright said. "I look forward to working with him as we go through this process.