A look at the key moments, players and stories that drove Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball program to its second title in three seasons in 2017-18.
Villanova recruits Jahvon Quinerly and Brandon Slater showed off the skills at the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic.
The Wildcats also announced that forward Eric Paschall and guard Phil Booth will return for their final season of eligibility.
Dixon, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, averaged 24 points and led Abington to the District 1 Class 6A championship last season.
The 6-foot-9 forward led the Wildcats in rebounding and also showed skill in knocking down three-point shots.
Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall could work out for NBA teams and return to the Wildcats as long as they haven't hired an agent.
Villanova's Jalen Brunson and Temple's Tanaya Atkinson are Big Five players of the year.
The pope said he hopes Villanova will "persevere in its efforts to communicate the intellectual, spiritual and moral values that will enable young people to participate wisely and responsibly in the great debates shaping the future of our society."
Open the window, cock an ear and hear. It's a parade. And another parade. Any many more to come. All that misery and despair evaporates now when we have winners at every turn.
Jahvon Quinerly of Hudson Catholic High School is expected to compete for playing time at the point now that Jalen Brunson has announced he will enter the NBA Draft.
Villanova's head coach and his wife were invited "about a month ago" to join the university's president and board of trustees on a trip to Rome for an audience Saturday with Pope Francis I.
The consensus national player of the year played a key role for the Wildcats in winning his second national championship in the last three years.
Bombarded by questions about leaving for the NBA draft during the NCAA tournament, Bridges stayed focused and helped lead the Wildcats to their second national championship in three years.