Mikal Bridges getting traded by the Sixers has Villanova fans hot, but the Sixers pulled off a heist in the deal. Plus thoughts on Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson, Omari Spellman and other local players.
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.
Bridges was selected No. 10 by the 76ers but was traded to Phoenix a short time later, which coach Jay Wright found out in a text from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.
Foles and DiVincenzo top a lengthy list of Philly-centric athletes up for awards at this year's ESPYs.
Mikal Bridges, who is considered a lottery pick, and Donte DiVincenzo are expected to go in the first round. Jalen Brunson and Omari Spellman have a chance to join them there.
Saddiq Bey, who attended the same Washington, D.C. high school as former Villanova star Josh Hart, committed Friday to Villanova after previously de-committing from North Carolina State.
The first-year coach is laying down the foundations of his program.
NBA scouts have the Villanova guard rated as a future pro, but Elan Vinokurov sees a higher upside than many draft guides.
The Villanova grad could go as high as No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls or slip to the Sixers at No. 10 in the June 21 draft.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound swingman is a multi-dimensional defensive standout and a solid three-point shooter (43.5 percent) this past season.
In his final 1,500-meter race for Villanova, Malone finished sixth in the preliminary round in 3 minutes, 50.61 seconds.
With the Eagles not going, the issue turns toward the 2018 NCAA men's basketball champions.
Former Villanova coach Andy Talley, Troy Vincent of Pennsbury, and Jahri Evans of Frankford are among other standouts on this year's ballot.