I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July, here are the top stories from this week:
Go for Gold:
Later today, the United States U19 Basketball Team will play against Croatia for the U19 FIBA World Championship title. Incoming freshman Jalen Brunson has been an integral part in getting the United States to the finals by playing excellent basketball this past week. In the quarterfinal game against Italy, Brunson had 17 points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals. However, his best performance came in the following game with host-nation Greece. The Greeks kept it rather close, with the sold-out home crowd cheering for them every step of the way. Brunson racked up 30 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the 82-76 victory. His play at the international level has certainly been turning some heads, ramping up the excitement and curiosity for how Jay Wright will handle the McDonald’s All-American and the starting lineup.
The United States and Croatia played earlier in the group stages, where the United States steadily won 103-81. Croatia will be looking for revenge and will be bringing in some serious momentum after the 91-56 thrashing of Turkey in the semifinals.
Making Room for the Pope:
In anticipation of the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia, the Villanova-Penn football game will be moved up to Thursday, September 24 instead of the original Saturday the 26th date. The eventful weekend is expected to bring in thousands of visitors to Philadelphia and its surrounding areas, affecting all modes of transportations and hotel room availability. As a result, the game was moved earlier in hopes to avoid the commotion. The switch will add another home night game to the Wildcats schedule.
Two More for Nova Football:
The Wildcats secured two more verbal commitments this week. The first came from defensive lineman Aaron Seigle and the second from quarterback Jack Schetelich. Seigle, a three-star prospect out of Susquehanna Township High School (PA), turned down offers from Bucknell, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Old Dominion. He has experience at the defensive tackle and end positions. As for Schetelich, his first year as a starter was more than successful. The dual-threat quarterback from Cranford High (NJ) led his team an 11-1 record and a state final appearance. He racked up nearly 3,000 total yards of offense, throwing 18 touchdown passes and running for another 25 touchdowns on the ground.
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Five Villanova student-athletes will be heading to South Korea later this month to compete in the 2015 World University Games. Also known as Universiade, it is the largest international sporting competition outside of the Olympics. Kaisla Kollanus will be the lone swimmer from Villanova and she will represent Finland in the 50m and 100m butterfly. The track and field team will be sending four runners. Angel Piccirillo, Alexandra Wasik, and Stephanie Schappert will represent Team USA, while Rob Denault will run for Canada in the 1500m. Piccirillo and Schappert will race in the 800m and 1500m distance events. Lastly, Wasik will compete in pole vault.
Pinkston Tears ACL:
The Brooklyn Nets reported earlier this week that JayVaughn Pinkston tore his ACL in the team’s first practice at Orlando. The injury will put Pinkston’s NBA aspirations on hold for now. According to Jay Wright, he is scheduled to get surgery on it some time next week and undergo rehab with Villanova Athletic Trainer Jeff Pierce.