July 20, 2015 |
As often as 10 times a year, graduated players with basketball eligibility remaining would contact Jay Wright to see whether a final season at Villanova might make sense. "You never say never in this business," the head coach said, "but we haven't felt like those players would fit our culture. " So Wright was stunned in April when Dylan Ennis, a point guard who had graduated but was expected to be the Wildcats captain in 2015-16, his final season, told Wright he was headed for Oregon.
July 16, 2015 |
A 31/2-year battle over expansion at Villanova University has ended with a vote by Radnor Township commissioners to approve new dormitories, parking lots, and a performance center for the school. The board voted 4-2, with one abstention, Monday night to approve the $225 million project. Work is expected to begin in the fall on the parking lots, and two dorms near Lancaster Avenue are slated to be open by 2019, Chris Kovolski, a university assistant vice president, said. The dorms will house close to 1,200 students, most of them seniors, and will include a bistro, apparel store, and convenience store, he said.
July 2, 2015
Here are the Villanova and Delaware football TV listings for the 2015 season: SEPTEMBER Date Matchup Time TV 19 Delaware at Villanova noon CSN OCTOBER 3 William & Mary at Delaware 7:30 NBC-SN 10 William & Mary at Villanova noon CSN 31 Maine at Villanova 7:30 NBC-SN NOVEMBER 14 James Madison at Delaware 3:30 CSN ...
June 28, 2015 |
On the night of the NBA draft, Darrun Hilliard tried to find ways to distract himself as he waited for a call from an NBA team while spending time with his family in Bethlehem, Pa. When the board game Trouble and the card game Uno didn't work, he went on a 4-mile run. "It's crazy that I was still working, even on draft day," the former Villanova star said. "I was just trying to keep my nerves down and my anxiety down. " Finally the call came about 11:30 p.m. The Detroit Pistons were on the line, and with the 38th overall choice and eighth in the second round, they wanted the 6-foot-6 Hilliard, who averaged a team-high 14.3 points and was named first-team all-Big East and Big Five Player of the Year last season.
June 20, 2015 |
Vince Nicastro, who navigated Villanova through conference-realignment waters and hired Jay Wright as the school's basketball coach, is moving to a new position at the school after 15 years as athletic director. Nicastro said he will stay on until a new athletic director is named. He then will become associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova University School of Law. "It's something I've been talking to our president for a couple of months about, what the next chapter would be," Nicastro said Thursday afternoon.
June 19, 2015 |
VILLANOVA incoming freshman Jalen Brunson, considered one of the top lead-guard prospects in the country, has made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Under-19 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships in Crete, Greece, from June 27 to July 5. Brunson was part of the U-18 team that qualified for this competition by winning the FIBA Americas title last summer. In the first game, he broke Stephon Marbury's 20-year-old USA Basketball record with 13 assists against Uruguay.
June 19, 2015 |
IF YOU have been around college sports as long as I have, you meet every imaginable kind of person - some with agendas, others who are in it just for themselves, overmatched incompetents. You also get to know people like Vince Nicastro, who is everything good about college athletics - honest, fair-minded, reasonable and terrific at his job. When it was announced yesterday that Nicastro, the Villanova athletics director for 15 years, will be leaving his job sometime soon to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law, I felt good for Vince and his family because that is what they want.
June 18, 2015 |
LAST SEASON, Villanova and Virginia were two of the best basketball teams in the country. Now the defending Big East champion and reigning ACC regular-season champ - who both figure to start next season ranked among the top teams - have reached a two-year agreement to play each other. The first meeting will be Dec. 19 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers will visit Philadelphia in 2016-17, mostly likely playing at the Wells Fargo Center. UVA tied a program record with 30 wins in 2014-15.
May 8, 2015 |
ONE OF THE FIRST things Jay Wright does after every Villanova game is go back over the video. "You always want to see, immediately, what we can improve for the next game," said the man who has the third-most wins in school history. Except when that game is suddenly another eight months away, which is what happens when you unexpectedly get ousted in the first week of the NCAA Tournament. "Once there's not a next game, you know it's going to hurt to watch," Wright said. "So you kind of delay it. "I probably didn't watch for a couple of weeks.
May 1, 2015 |
The St. Joseph's men will play in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in November. The Hawks will host Niagara on Nov. 15 and Buffalo on Nov. 18 in the first two games. On Nov. 21, St. Joe's will play Florida in Uncasville, Conn., with Purdue taking on Old Dominion in the other Naismith Bracket game. The championship and consolation games will be played the next day. 'Nova in Hawaii. Villanova will be at Pearl Harbor for the 74th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that pulled the United States into World War II. The Wildcats will play Oklahoma on Dec. 7 in a duel of NCAA tournament teams.