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Villanova guard heads home after final round of cuts from USA Basketball U19 http://t.co/bkznNdwXOL via @VUhoops
RT @jeffborzello: Robert Johnson continues his spring rise -- has visits planned next week to Villanova and Seton Hall: http://t.co/7XOcHF0…
Villanova guard heads home after final round of cuts from USA Basketball U19 http://t.co/bkznNdwXOL
USA Basketball cut its U19 roster to 12; and Ryan Arcidiacono was among the four cuts. @VUhoops
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@TheFoyeEffect that may be true sometimes, but if you count those tweets up & compare to the 2013 class... They don't really match up.
@TheFoyeEffect did they, or are they just talking about Fertitta Jr. joining twitter?
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Those following Villanova Recruiting should add the name Robert Johnson to their list.
The 6'3" class of 2014 combo-guard has burst on the recruiting scene since the spring. His participation at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp over the weekend turned some additional heads from high-major programs. At the camp, Rivals noted [he], "attacked off the dribble and showed a lot of burst getting to the rim."
When asked about Villanova, the Chesterfield, VA (Benedictine HS) native noted, "It's a good winning tradition at Villanova. They had a lot of good guards, guards who are similar to the way I play and my style."
#89 Garrett Waller
Senior, 5'9" 155 lbs.
2012 Stats: Waller did not see any action for Villanova in the 2012 season.
Depth Chart Position: A practice squad player who will help simulate the opposition's offense for the Villanova defense.
How He Came To Villanova: An All-State two-way performer for Cascia Hall, Waller hadn't planned on joining the Villanova football team, instead hoping to focus on prepping for a medical career.
Expected Output In 2013: Villanova's WR ranks are pretty green, but likely not green enough for Waller to see action on offense. Keep up the good work in practice, and find a way to contribute on special teams - the defensive record in high school indicates he's got a knack for some big plays.
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Former Villanova Basketball player Alvin Williams (1993-97) has been axed as a scout by the Toronto Raptors new CEO in a move to make over the NBA team's front office.
As a genuinely loyal employee to the franchise, the move comes as a shock. Williams, dubbed Mr. Raptor by some, was someone who wanted a career in any capacity with the club in a time when people move from club to club chasing the dollars.
H/T to Nova97
Ryan Arcidiacono was cut last summer when he tried out for a USA Basketball team, but this summer, coming off of a successful year of college basketball, the 'Cats point guard hoped for a better result. After surviving the cutdown to a roster of 16 players, Arcidiacono was not able to push for inclusion in the top-12 players who will represent the United States at the Under-19 World Championships in Prague this summer.
The team, coached by Florida's Billy Donovan, was selected by a committee of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, Davidson’s Bob McKillop, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, Purdue’s Matt Painter, and Villanova alumnus Curtis Sumpter.
"Getting down to 12 is the real hard part because in a lot of respects we easy could have kept 14-15," Donovan said in a statement. "There were some tough decisions, difficult decisions, but I think we feel overall that we have selected an athletic and versatile team. Our style of play will be an aggressive, up-tempo, running, pressing style."
As a freshman at Villanova, Arcidiacono averaged 11.9 points and 3.5 assists and was a unanimous addition to the Big East All-Rookie team.
Villanova's first football addition for the 2014 recruiting class will be Souderton High School's Rick Young, a 290-pound offensive and defensive lineman. He was a first-team all-Suburban One League Continental Conference selection as both an offensive and defensive player. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Rick O'Brien broke the news late on Monday night.
The 6-2 two-way athlete will likely factor in as a defensive player for Villanova, playing nose guard, in the middle of what has been a strong defensive line for the Wildcats' in recent years. The Inquirer named him 11th on their list of top-25 southeastern Pennsylvania football recruits in the class of 2014, and he was included in a list of the top-10 interior defensive linemen in the area as well.
He plays in a 3-4 defensive scheme at Souderton — which should make for an easy transition to Villanova's 3-3-5 — and has accumulated 95 career tackles so far. He accumulated 91 pancakes as a right tackle on the offensive line, and also participates on Souderton's varsity wrestling team.
At Villanova he will be able to work his way into the mix on a defensive line that will graduate stars Rakim Cox, Antoine Lewis and key player Keelan Malone after the 2013 season. His size on the inside is comparable to Lewis, who has started at nose guard for the past two seasons.
Young is a good academic prospect as well, reportedly claiming to maintain a 3.8 GPA over the last three years, while accumulating a few honor roll awards.
He was also receiving interest from Lehigh, Lafayette and Temple at the time of his commitment.
#90 DL Antoine Lewis
Senior, 6'2" 290 lbs.
Somers Point, NJ
2012 Stats: Lewis recorded 44 tackles (30 solo, 28 assists) and 1.5 sacks en route to being named 1st Team All-CAA while starting at nose guard for 'Nova.
Depth Chart Position: While Lewis will still see some time at NG (likely in passing situations), he's expected to swing outside and occupy one of the defensive end spots to make room for Pat Williams to start inside.
How He Came To Villanova: Lewis was a 1st Team All-League selection for Mainland High School in New Jersey and has been starting on the defensive line since his freshman season, improving his tackle totals in each of his first 3 years.
Expected Output In 2013: The position change is still a bit unconfirmed, but the emergence of Williams in the middle, and Andy Talley's desire to shore up the run defense makes it a high probability that Lewis is shifting outside. With that may come a decrease in tackle totals, especially with offenses likely to shade away from Lewis' massive presence on the edge. An increase in sack totals would be a welcome addition.
Rising Villanova sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono has been included as one of the 16 finalists for a spot on the USA Basketball U19 World Championship squad.
The training group has been pared down by 10 after four days of practices at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
The squad will have a finalized roster of 12 by Wednesday when they travel to Washington DC to train before heading to the Czech Republic.
The World Championships will be held June 27 through July 7th in Prague. Florida's Billy Donovan will be the head coach for the team, with Shaka Smart from VCU and Virginia's Tony Bennett serving as assistants.
A committee comprised of Boeheim, Davidson's Bob McKillop, Purdue's Matt Painter, Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Villanova alumnus and coaching staffer Curtis Sumpter, will ultimately be picking the team's roster.
Players must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994 to be eligible for this tournament.
|Ryan Arcidiacono||G||6'3"||190||3/26/1994||2016||Villanova||Langhorne, PA|
|Damyean Dotson||G||6'5"||200||5/6/1994||2016||Oregon||Houston, TX|
|Michael Frazier||G||6'4"||185||3/8/1994||2016||Florida||Tampa, FL|
|Marcus Georges-Hunt||F||6'6"||215||3/28/1994||2016||Georgia Tech||College Park, GA|
|Aaron Gordon||F||6'6"||210||9/16/1995||2013||Archbishop Mitty H.S./*Arizona||San Jose, CA|
|Jerami Grant||F||6'6"||210||3/12/1994||2016||Syracuse||Bowie, MD|
|Montrezl Harrell||F||6'7"||215||2016||Louisville||Tarboro, NC|
|Jahlil Okafor||C||6'10"||253||12/15/1995||2014||Whitney Young H.S.||Chicago, IL|
|Elfrid Payton||G||6'3"||170||2/24/1994||2016||Louisiana at Lafayette||Gretna, LA|
|James Robinson||G||6'3"||200||3/4/1994||2016||Pittsburgh||Mitchellville, MD|
|Marcus Smart||G||6'4"||200||3/6/1994||2016||Oklahoma State||Flower Mound, TX|
|Jarnell Stokes||F||6'8"||250||1/7/1994||2015||Tennessee||Memphis, TN|
|Rasheed Sulaimon||G||6'3"||180||3/9/1994||2016||Duke||Houston, TX|
|Mike Tobey||F/C||6'11"||227||10/10/1994||2016||Virginia||Monroe, NY|
|Nigel Williams-Goss||G/F||6'3"||180||9/16/1994||2013||Findlay Prep/*Washington||Happy Valley, OR|
|Justise Winslow||F||6'6"||210||3/26/1996||2014||St. John's H.S.||Houston, TX|
Your question was cut off, but I do think there will be some positives on next year's team. Lower hype and expectations will obviously prevail, but there will be plenty of talent.
It will be interesting to see how the freshmen perform. JVP and Markus Kennedy have strong bodies and it will be interesting to see how they react to Big East play.
Armwood will certainly get a chance to break out and it would be great for the team to see him use his athleticism to become a scoring threat up front.
It will be a growing year, not unlike the 2007 or 2008 season. The goal is to get better.
It is still SLIGHTLY more likely than not that Villanova will get in. They are working through the issues that the football members raised and haven't quite given up as far as I can tell. I can't comment right now as to the likelihood of those issues ever being resolved in a favorable manner, however.
I suspect that there will never be universal support for Villanova's membership among the football schools, but there may be "enough" support if they present a suitable revised plan.
The basketball interests in the conference don't want to add an 18th member, however, so the top option for a 10th football member may be nobody. There could be an issue getting an 18th all-sports member approved if Villanova is willing to move up as the 10th member.
Assuming they DO seek a 10th member from outside the conference, it seems like Houston and UCF are the top candidates at the moment. UCF brings a little more football credibility these days, but Houston has a better (bigger) market, and seems more of a viable option after the TCU addition. TCU would gain a "local" rival and a travel partner to help manage their costs. Houston's best argument is television -- conference expansion is ALL about television dollars.
UCF is probably the better option competitively in basketball at the moment, and I am sure that would be considered as well. Though, Houston does have SOME basketball tradition. Neither is really a slam-dunk, however, which brings us back to the idea of staying with 9 members.
As for the Big XII, I think their new TV deal pretty much nailed that coffin shut. Unless the Big Ten were to swoop in and make that conference unstable again, there isn't much that the Big East can offer other BCS-conference schools financially to lure them in right now. Maybe if they hit a home-run with the next Big East TV deal it could happen.
It is an option, but not one that the Villanova Trustees are likely to consider. The move up to the Big East works as well as it does only because the revenue streams are so strong in a major conference. The Big East generates 9 to 10 times more revenue than the MAC and about twice as much as Conference USA.
Furthermore, the football "brand" might suffer in a conference like the MAC, which rated lower than Villanova's FCS conference in the Sagarin ratings this season.
Hopefully I'll get a few more opportunities. It's not "radio," but I'll be doing a podcast tomorrow with www.louisvillesportslive.podbean.com
The crime was murder (but I didn't do it) and I'm going to escape by throwing another prisoner onto the fence in a way that would short out the circuitry (and ironically killing the other inmate, despite my innocence from the murder that put me on death row in the first place).
Don't worry though, the dead inmate will have already lost his last appeal and be scheduled for the electric chair the next day anyway.
"My dad's a gynecologist. He looks at vaginas all day long."
My dad actually has my dream job right now, he's retired.
The NCAA Division I football championship this year.
Of course. Why would you even ask that question? A better question would be whether I would go back in time to give someone a wet willy. The answer to that one would also be yes, and the person in both instances would be Charlemagne.
... and it's only marginally connected to the amount of beer I've been drinking.
All-time? Cream. Recently? Robert Randolph and the Family Band or the Roots.
Just two right now, but I am planning to accumulate quite a few more.
Yes, I resolved to never ever ever drink again. I broke that resolution within 6 hours of making it.
Sorry I didn't see this until now. I wore my skull-and-crossbones bowtie for Christmas Eve dinner. I played it casual on Christmas day.
Um? No idea what this is referring to, but I'm starting my own team. Team Brian. Join up.
That would probably be a better question for @MikeOnThePhils. If I had to guess? 5
I don't eat fish (maybe tuna), but short answer: no.
Hardest: Probably Calc II, but only because I didn't really take Calc I (I took something that COUNTED as Calc I, but it most certainly was not), other than that, probably Genetics, but that was the beginning of my interest in bow-ties, so at least I got something out of it.
Easiest: Public Speaking. There was no text, no reading, and all I had to do was show up twice a week and talk. I'm good at that.
Best: Kevin Miles' (who now teaches at Earlham because the Philosophy dept. denied his tenure) Plato and Aristotle course. Thanks to that, I can can pretend to know something about greek philosophers.
I'm not fluent in portuguese, so I'm just going to assume this question is about crackers. I don't really like crackers, but I have been known to use some saltines in my soup from time to time. Thanks for participating!
Eu não sou fluente no português, assim que eu estou indo supr que esta pergunta é sobre biscoitos. Eu não gosto realmente de biscoitos, mas eu fui conhecido para usar alguns saltines em minha sopa do tempo ao tempo. Obrigado participando!
No. I thought about signing up for that at one point, but then I realized that Villanova was probably better off without the BrianIsAwesome Reality Tour...
I'm a big fan of Humpday for obvious reasons.