Villanova HC Jay Wright chats with Seth Greenberg about the Wildcats' new facilities, finding balance between success and staying committed to their culture as well as which players are going to have to step up after losing half his team to the NBA. Plus, his thoughts about the ongoing FBI investigation.
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Kansas and Kentucky are loaded. No surprise there. Duke and UNC are in the mix - as usual. But a couple of other contenders just might surprise you.
- Villanova will play at least 3 times at MSG
- Villanova set to defend title in rebuilding year
- Five-star guard Antoine commits to Villanova
- Bucks take sharpshooting Nova guard DiVincenzo
Defending national champion Villanova will play at least three times at Madison Square Garden this season, a schedule that also features the Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats and Syracuse Orange.
Mike Greenberg talks to Villanova coach Jay Wright about the importance of "attitude" in his program (5:45), how his life has changed with success (17:50), a wild story from inside the locker room during the 2016 National Championship (21:19), what he'd change about the game (34:10) and more.
The rebuilding Wildcats are set to raise the 2018 national championship banner next week -- and also lower expectations for the season to come after multiple NBA departures.
The recruiting landscape is heating up. Find out where the top 30 players in the 2019 ESPN 100 are headed next season.
For some teams, a win in the NCAA tournament would be a significant achievement. For the elite contenders, anything short of a Final Four run would be a disappointment.
Bryan Antoine, a five-star guard who's ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 100 for 2019, announced his commitment Tuesday to the Villanova Wildcats.
Xavier lost head coach Chris Mack. Marquette has to prove it can defend. Georgetown and St. John's are both unproven. That leaves Villanova all alone atop the Big East.
Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting
Espn no.8 Josh Green cut his final list to six schools. He gives his thoughts to Espn on each program. Villanova: "A great school. They have an extremely successful history, especially over the last few years, winning two national championships. They have a great coaching staff who are very good at developing the team and players and helping them get to the next level." UNLV: "An opportunity for me to be able to get back out on the court with my brother Jay again. This means a lot to me as he has helped me so much in my progression as a basketball player, and I'd love for us to win a Mountain West title and help keep the program getting better and better." UNC: "A program with amazing history and they are consistently successful both as a team, and also at developing players. Growing up as a kid it was my dream school, so it's very cool for me to be able to say I could have the opportunity to play there, and for Roy Williams." Kansas: "Also a school with a history of success, and they have had many good guards come through the school and achieve great things." Arizona: "They have been with me since the start. They have a great program and staff who have really developed players well and have been very successful every year in the Pac 12." USC: "They have already got about the best recruiting class in my age group, and will be a top team in 2019. Their program is very strong and I know I would come out a much better player."
Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting
Spoke with SG Josh Green about his recruiting process. He is thinking about UNC, Arizona, Villanova, Kansas, Michigan, and USC. Kentucky is now making a real push. He will look to cut his list right after the July period. Green is one of the more versatile and mature guards in the country. He recently jumped into the top 10 of the ESPN 100.
The top programs are looking ahead to their expected recruiting needs for 2019. Here's what they're targeting.
These players, including Duke super freshman Zion Williamson, are coming to a college basketball highlight reel soon.
The latest batch of college stars heard their names called in the NBA draft. Who will replace them at the nation's top programs?
Donte DiVincenzo fills a critical need for a perimeter shooter in Milwaukee, where he should feel comfortable coming off the bench as a rookie.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
In Mikal Bridges, the 76ers get one of the darlings of the ESPN draft analytics model. It considered Bridges the most productive college basketball player in this class. And largely as a result of that, Bridges has the second-highest chance to become an all-star caliber player (15%), per the model.
Kentucky's late addition of Reid Travis forced us to adjust our 2018-19 rankings. There's no denying that the Stanford graduate transfer puts the Wildcats over the top.
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