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May 4, 2016 | By the Inquirer Staff
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season in 2016-17, the university disclosed Monday night.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.
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May 4, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Yes, Jay Wright said the other day, more recruits are more receptive to calls from Villanova right now. Even the five-star guys who have variations of Kentucky and North Carolina and Kansas and Duke on their lists. Obviously, this is not a bad thing for 'Nova's program to be at the top of the mountain as recruits, mostly from the college class of 2021, mull their savory choices. However, Villanova's coach only has to look back at recruiting after his team made the Final Four in 2009 to know he has to manage it right.
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May 1, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
It happened in the blink of an eye in the damp chill of Franklin Field, just before the crowd of 38,534 prepared to kick up the volume to 11 as it urged the four women still with a shot at winning the Penn Relays 4x1500-meter Championship of America relay to an epic finish. At first glance, Georgetown's Andrea Keklak and Oregon's Annie Leblanc were setting the pace waiting to see who would make the first move. But Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, the gritty Villanova sophomore from Ireland, took the shot with 200 meters left - bolting to the outside, then to the front, and outrunning both women to the line to give the Wildcats the surprising victory.
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May 1, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Speed was a consideration. This was a race, after all. Strength and stamina were part of the coach's calculus, too. This was a distance race, remember. But when Villanova coach Gina Procaccio cobbled together her lineup for its long shot of winning the 4x1,500-meter Championship of America race on Friday at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, she looked deeper than split times and personal bests. "In the way back in my mind, I always try to win at Penn," Procaccio said after the Wildcats' dramatic victory in one of the featured events of the long day of competition at Franklin Field.
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April 30, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being fifth-year seniors at Georgetown, Katrina Coogan and Andrea Keklak are experienced in the ways of the Penn Relays and did not allow the damp chill enveloping Franklin Field on Thursday to keep them from what they've been waiting for their entire careers. The Hoyas blew open the women's distance medley relay with their two middle legs - senior Heather Martin in the 400 meters and junior Sabrina Southerland in the 800 - and romped to a decisive victory over Oklahoma State and Villanova in the featured race on the first full day of the 122nd annual carnival.
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April 30, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
They were cold. They were cold, literally. "Actually, freezing," Georgetown's Sabrina Southerland said of the conditions on the first full day of competition at the 122th Penn Relays. They were cold in another way, as well - clinical, focused, undeterred by the elements or the stage, by the recent history or the competition. "Basically, we knew we just had to go out and do our jobs," Georgetown's Katrina Coogan said after anchoring her team to an imposing victory in the distance medley relay Championship of America race late Thursday afternoon on the refurbished track at Franklin Field.
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April 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The Villanova men are trying something a little different at the Penn Relays this year, and coach Marcus O'Sullivan appears to be quite excited about it. As always, the Wildcats will run their first race at the 122nd carnival in Friday's distance medley relay, an event that covers 10 laps and 4,000 meters around Franklin Field. But a little more than four hours later, Villanova will take part in the sprint medley relay - a race of four laps and 1,600 meters that the Cats have entered "for the first time in my 18 years" as head coach, O'Sullivan said.
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April 24, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 center at Neumann-Goretti, has committed to play for NCAA tournament champion Villanova. The 215-pound junior and his mother, Ayesha, visited Villanova on Thursday night. "They showed me that the school will be a home away from home for me," he said. "And I love the coaching staff. " Cosby-Roundtree, a solid rebounder and shot blocker, chose the Wildcats over Miami, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth, and Xavier, among others.
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April 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Jay Wright's official position at Villanova is William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, understand that Finneran's $22.6 million gift to Villanova this week was not Finneran's first substantial donation to Villanova's athletic department. According to the school, Finneran endowed Villanova head men's basketball coaches' salary in 1996 by donating $1 million. Since Finneran's own undergraduate time at Villanova as an economics major, class of 1963 - "I'm a guy who graduated summa cum lousy" - Finneran has been involved with the school for more than five decades, including as a former trustee, and head of a former capital campaign, and more informally, Finneran said, as an advocate both for hiring Wright and for helping make sure Wright stayed.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova women's track and cross-country coach Gina Procaccio recalled the time she felt very good about her chances of attracting a top high school runner after the Wildcats finished a back-to-back national cross-country championship run in 2010 and 2011 but wound up losing the prospect to Stanford. So she couldn't help but chuckle a couple of weeks ago when she checked her email after Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three-point shot against North Carolina to give Villanova the national championship in basketball.
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