March 29, 2016 |
JAY WRIGHT'S most talented team was unquestionably the 2005-06 edition. Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry were first-round picks that summer. Lowry, with Toronto, started in the NBA All-Star Game. Foye comes off the bench in Oklahoma City. Allan Ray (2,025 points) actually outscored his classmate Foye in college by 59 points. Will Sheridan, Jason Fraser, Dante Cunningham and Shane Clark battled opponents' bigs. And Mike Nardi was a critical piece for the devastating four-guard lineup. After playing professionally for eight seasons in Italy, Nardi is in his first season on Wright's staff as the director of student-athlete development.
February 12, 2016 |
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Villanova coach Jay Wright says guard Jalen Brunson "doesn't play like a freshman [and] doesn't act like a freshman. " In returning to his home area of Chicago for the first time competing for the Wildcats, Brunson showed his coach to be correct on both counts. It began once the team charter landed Monday night at O'Hare Airport with Brunson, a two-time Illinois player of the year who led Stevenson High School to the Class 4A state championship last year. "It felt weird," he said about being back, speaking Tuesday night after the top-ranked Wildcats clubbed DePaul, 86-59, at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. "I definitely miss it out here.
December 24, 2015 |
This idea that Villanova's armada of guards can't shoot too well - 'Nova's early-season numbers may have said that, but past evidence said that those stats wouldn't hold, that the ball would start going into the basket. The ball has started going into the basket. At one point during the first half of Villanova's 78-48 victory over Delaware on Tuesday night at the Pavilion, the 17th-ranked Wildcats had made 8 of 17 threes, after missing their first three. Jay Wright talked afterward about how early in the season they were teaching the new players and even the new starters to be aggressive offensively - but they were being a little "too aggressive," Wright said.
March 20, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA college basketball fans can remember the shot. Scottie Reynolds raced the length of the court and made a tough runner to send Villanova in its fourth Final Four. While it is the last shot, and the celebration that ensued, that people will remember, there was a lot more to that team than just Reynolds' heroics. That year, 2009, the Wildcats were balanced with talent, experience and leadership. Dwayne Anderson was one of the senior starters on the squad, and led it both on and off the court.
November 23, 2009 |
Mississippi's offense could not be stopped in its first four basketball games. The Rebels averaged 89.2 points in their undefeated start. However, against No. 5 Villanova, that offensive firepower was quickly extinguished as the Wildcats defeated the Rebels, 79-67, to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last night. "We have a chance to be a pretty good defensive team," coach Jay Wright after Villanova improved to 5-0. "You can talk about it all you want, but you have to step up and do it. " The Wildcats stifled a Rebels offense that entered the game shooting 51 percent from the field.
April 23, 2009 |
Jeremy Tyler , a 6-foot-11 basketball star who is still in 11th grade, has dropped out of high school in San Diego to play professionally in Europe, the New York Times reported yesterday. Tyler, 17, will become the first player born in the United States to leave high school early to play professional basketball overseas. He is expected to return in two years, when he is eligible for the NBA draft. He probably will play in Spain, the Times reported, and does not yet have an agent.
April 5, 2009 |
Dante Cunningham kept peeking up at the clock - as though it might change. As though it might start ticking the other way. As though it might help him and the Wildcats in the end. It didn't. North Carolina beat Villanova, 83-69, last night at Ford Field. The final score was cruel to the senior, but time was even crueler. When the clock hit zero after the second half and there was no more basketball left to play, Villanova knew it would be flying back home on a long, unpleasant flight.
April 4, 2009 |
One of the principles of what Jay Wright calls "Villanova basketball" is that a team should be locked in at the defensive end, never reluctant to try to stop an opponent from scoring no matter the foul situation. This rule will be tested tonight in the NCAA national semifinal game when North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, the all-time leader for free throws made, brings his unique foul-drawing skills to Ford Field. The 6-foot-9 forward has deposited 968 free throws in his stellar career with the Tar Heels, 235 of them this season.
March 23, 2009 |
As Duke's players quietly consumed plain pizza in their cramped Greensboro Coliseum locker room Saturday night, it was clear that this program had been here before. The Blue Devils' just-completed second-round NCAA win over Texas generated no wild high-fiving, no head-throbbing music, not even any pepperoni. For an upper-crust program that has been to eight Sweet 16s this decade, the celebrations and the toppings come later. "We're happy," said Duke junior forward Lance Thomas, as if trying to convince himself as much as the reporter who inquired about the subdued mood.
March 5, 2009 |
The college experience could have gone so differently for Shane Clark. Had it not been for a clerical error, Clark would have spent the last four years exhibiting his versatile basketball skills and easygoing manner at Maryland. He'd be grabbing rebounds, draining the occasional basket, and guarding the likes of Tyler Hansbrough. Instead, the pleasure of Clark's talent and personality over that time has belonged to Villanova, the school he initially spurned but where he was accepted by his teammates and coach Jay Wright after fate intervened.