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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reynolds enters NBA Draft

Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds has added his name to the pool of players eligible for the NBA Draft.
The 6-2 junior made the announcement Tuesday, but has not hired an agent, which leaves the door open for a return to the Main Line.
"Coach and I have been talking about this for a couple of weeks," Reyolds said in a statement released by the university. "We came to the decision that it would be best to put my name into the draft.
"I will continue going to my classes. But on the basketball court, I am doing this with 100 percent effort. It's not just about going through the experience. I want to prepare myself in the best way I can and make the most of this opportunity."
Under NBA rules, Reynolds has until June 15 to withdraw his name from consideration. After that, he loses his final year of eligibility.
This process allows Reynolds to see where he stands and attend workouts at the NBA's expense.
Kyle Lowry tested the waters after the 2006 season and wound up as a first-round draft pick. Only first-round selections receive guaranteed contracts.
Reynolds averaged 15.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while leading the Wildcats to the Final Four for the first time since 1985. He ranks 15th on the school scoring list with 1,620 career points.
The 2009 draft is scheduled for June 25. It is considered a weak draft by many experts.
"Scottie and I have decided that it would be smart for him to experience NBA workouts at this time," Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement released by the university. "This will enable him to assess where he fits in the draft process this year and give him a better understanding of what it takes to play at that level.
"Scottie is completing all of his spring semester classes and is not hiring an agent. He will be working closely with our NCAA compliance staff so that he can return for his senior year if that is the path he chooses."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pat Chambers to Boston University

Herb Magee said Pat Chambers was going to end up with a head coaching job thanks to Villanova’s run to the Final Four.
It appears that the legendary Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach is right.
According to a source close to the situation, Chambers, Villanova’s associate head coach, has agreed to become the head coach at Boston University.
“It’s done,” the source said. “It’s a done deal.”
Chambers did not return phone and text messages last night, but also has reported that Chambers has accepted the job.
He is expected to be introduced either today or tomorrow.
Chambers replaces Dennis Wolff, who was fired after 15 seasons at B.U. Wolff is the winningest coach in Terrier history with a career record of 247-197. Boston University went 17-13 this season including 11-5 in the America East Conference.
Chambers is the fourth Villanova assistant to become a head coach since Jay Wright arrived in 2001.
Joe Jones recently completed his sixth season at Columbia University. Billy Lange finished his fifth year at Navy. Fred Hill concluded his third season at Rutgers. In addition to Lange, Jones and Hill, Brett Gunning and Ed Pinckney left Wright’s staff for the NBA. Gunning is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. Pinckney is in his first year with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 37-year-old Newtown Square native joined Wright’s staff as director of basketball operations in 2004. He was promoted to associate head coach last September when Gunning left for the NBA.
Chambers played for Magee at Philadelphia University and set the school record for career assists (709). He began his coaching career at Delaware Valley College (1995-96), then joined Dan Dougherty’s staff at Episcopal (1999-2004) and served as a special assistant to Magee at Philly U during that same period (2001-2004) before joining Wright’s staff at Villanova.

What a ride

By now, the Villanova Wildcats are back on the Main Line.
Here's a little advice to all those in the 'Nova Nation who are despondent today.
Do not let the poor performance in Saturday's 83-69 loss to North Carolina ruin what truly was a magical season.
It would have been even better with a national championship, but the better team did win.
This senior class will be missed.
Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson, Shane Clark and Frank Tchuisi may not come in as one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in program history, but it leaves with more wins than any other class and one hell of a legacy.
All they did was get to the NCAA Tournament four times, reach the Sweet 16 three times, the Elite Eight twice and the Final Four once.
Only the Class of 1985 has a more impressive NCAA Tournament legacy.
As for next year, Jay Wright has a strong nucleus back led by Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding and Corey Fisher, and one of the best recruiting classes in the country. But they're freshmen, and freshmen take time to develop.
The Wildcats will be good. The only question is how good.
It'll be fun to see

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Only one Big East team left

Well, so much for that All-Big East final.
Michigan State took care of that with a convincing 82-73 victory over Connecticut in the first game of Saturday's semifinal doubleheader at Ford Field.
Don't be shocked. The Spartans can play. They're big, strong and fast. They went toe-to-toe with the Huskies and came out on top Being in Michigan doesn't hurt, either.
There definitely was a home-field advantage. The Spartans will have that same edge Monday night against Villanova or North Carolina.
Speaking of Ford Field, to give you an idea how big this place is, one of the first signs you see when you enter the building are binoculars for rent.
For a basketball game.
Tip-off for Villanova-UNC is set for 9:18

Countdown to tip-off

Villanova arrived at Ford Field shortly before halftime of the UConn-Michigan State game. the Wildcats held a shoot-around at Detroit Mercy University and spent the rest of the day relaxing at the team hotel before heading downtown.
There were more fans in Ford Field than for any Detroit Lions game last season.
It's a really weird setup. The people in the first 10 rows or so are actually looking up because the floor is on a 27-inch platform.
The coaches have a short stool, kind of like a bar stool, to sit on if they wish. Connecticut's Jim Calhoun did in the first half. Michigan State's Tom Izzo did not.
The players have to walk up three steps to report into the game.
It's strange, really strange.
Actually, it's a joke.
There is no way the people in the last rows or in the super boxes can see the game. It's just too far away.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Delco people everywhere

As the old saying goes, you can't go anywhere without running into someone from Delaware County.
Detroit is no different.
One of the people providing transportation for the teams, NCAA types and the media is Sun Valley grad Lew Robbins.
Robbins lives in Orlando now and works for ITransportation, which is providing the shuttle service too and from the hotels to Ford Field. Like a good Delco guy, he jumped behind the wheel of a van when they were short one driver.
One person who is glad the 'Cats are in town is 1957 Villanova grad Jim Judge. A classmate of Hank Nichols, Judge is one of the many people working in the media workroom at Ford Field.
Villanova's trip to the Final Four is a homecoming for Villanova president Rev. Peter Donohue. Fr. Donohue is from nearby Royal Oak, Mich.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Live from Motown

The 'Cats arrived around 9 o'clock Wednesday night and as fate would have it, they've been assisned the same locker room at Ford Field that they had for last year's 72-57 loss to Kansas in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
Villanova fans who cannot make it to Detriot can listen to a Final Four special Saturday afternoon on WNTP, 990 AM from 4-5 p.m. The show will be hosted by Tony Leodora. One of his guests will be Cardinal O'Hara All-Delco and former Archbishop Carroll coach Tom Ingelsby, who was a starter on the 1971 Villanova team that lost in the national championship game to UCLA. Leodora also will have interviews with Jay Wright and several of the players.
Villanova, Michigan State and North Carolina have all played at Ford Field. The Wildcats lost to Kansas here last year and North Carolina blew out Michigan State, 98-63 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 3.
Ran into Penn assistant coach and former Cardinal O'Hara and Saint Joseph's guard John Gallagher. Being a true Hawk, he would not say who he was rooting for in the Villanova-UNC game.