Some of the big story lines from this week, that of course begins with…
Bethlehem Steel To The Motor City:
The Detroit Pistons selected Darrun Hilliard with the 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. He became the first Wildcat to be drafted since the Trail Blazers chose Dante Cunningham in 2009. This past season, Hilliard averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game. He was one of the key players for a Villanova team that won another Big East regular season title and its first Big East Tournament title since 1995. His play this season warranted his First Team All-Big East and Sporting News’ Second Team All-American selections. Hilliard contributes a sweet three-point shooting stroke and tenacious perimeter defense for a Pistons squad that finished last in their division. He finished his career at Villanova with 1,511 points, shooting 43.6% overall and 38.7% from beyond the arc. Detroit also picked up Arizona forward Stanley Johnson in the first round. Together, they hope to help turn around Detroit’s 32-50 record that began with a 5-23 start.
Article: Darrun Hilliard Drafted 38th Overall by the Detroit Pistons
As for the other senior for Villanova Basketball, JayVaughn Pinkston, he did not get to hear his name get called on Thursday night. However, he isn’t done just yet. Pinkston tweeted out a rather cryptic message for those who followed up on him.
There wasn’t much information on it, until Jay Wright went ahead and made it official a few days after.
This past season, Pinkston saw a dip in his production. He took on a role that made him less involved on the offensive end of the court. He averaged 9.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Pinkston scored 1,590 points over his four years at Villanova.
After recently being named the Academic All-Area Women’s Track & Field Performer of the Year Stephanie Schappert has received another award to add to her illustrious resume. Schappert was named the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Academic All-Area Overall Women’s Track & Field Performer of the Year, making her only the second Villanovan ever to receive such an honor. The award is voted on by the sports information directors of 31 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. Schappert wrapped up her running career for the Wildcats as a four-time All-American and eight-time Big East champion. This was not the first time that she has been commended for her performance in the classroom, being named to the Big East All-Academic Team three times and the USTFCCCA National All-Academic Team four times.
Go For Two:
Villanova Football picked up two more commitments this week. The first came from cornerback Korey Stevens (Baltimore, MD/Gilman High School), who gave his verbal on Tuesday, the same day he visited the school. The Baltimore Sun reported that he also visited Rutgers, Toledo, Old Dominion, UNC-Charlotte and was also considering Kent State, Northern Illinois, and Maryland.
The second commitment came from 6’1″, 185 pound wide receiver Changa Hodge (East Stroudsburg, PA/East Stroudsburg South High School) Hodge is another quick, fast wide receiver that has a tendency for burning the defense. He has the tools to be a good receiver for the Wildcats, with his speed and solid route running ability. Hodge is a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track & field.
Highlights: Korey Stevens
Highlights: Changa Hodge