Archive for July, 2009

Jay Wright and Villanova on Redding Arrest

From Head Coach Jay Wright:

“Reggie understands the seriousness of this matter and how it could impact the team. We will go forward as a basketball family and University to work together with Reggie to deal with this in the proper way.”

Villanova University’s statement:

A Villanova University student and member of the men’s basketball team, Reggie Redding, was arrested by Radnor Police early Tuesday morning for alleged possession of marijuana. The University has opened its own internal review of the facts to determine if Student Code of Conduct violations have occurred. The Athletic Department will also review this to decide if additional team penalties will be imposed.  The University will move forward to determine outcomes as quickly as is possible and appropriate.

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Reggie Redding charged with possession of marijuana

Here’s the link to the report from

What you need to know:

  • Early Tuesday morning Redding was arrested on campus for having a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
  • He was released and issued a summons to appear in court
  • A traffic sign had been struck by a car.  That car was later discovered to be Redding’s.
  • When Public Safety interviewed Redding, he removed two plastic bags of marijuana and a grinding device from his car
  • No one from Villanova has commented on the situation

While it is hard to speculate exactly what Villanova will do, similar circumstances at other schools have led to suspension.  For example, former Boston College center Sean Williams was suspended in May of 2005 for a similar incident and was not reinstated by the school until Decemeber.  Williams also spent 90 days in a drug rehabilitation center and was warned that he would be randomly drug tested for the rest of his college career.

Stay tuned to find out what Villanova decides.

-David Cassilo

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Dante Cunningham sixth in scoring among rookies in summer league


NBA Summer League action wrapped up yesterday, and along with it ended the impressive performance of Dante Cunningham.  The Portland Trailblazer finished sixth among all rookies with a scoring average 18.3 points per game.  He also chipped in 5.8 rebounds per game.  One would think the strong showing would garner him a spot on the opening night roster, but only time will tell.

Rookie scoring leaders:

  1. Marcus Thornton 20.7
  2. Tyreke Evans 19.2
  3. Blake Griffin 19.2
  4. Jodie Meeks 19.0
  5. Darren Collison 18.5
  6. Dante Cunningham 18.3
  7. DaJuan Summers 18.0
  8. Chase Budinger 17.8
  9. Stephen Curry 17.4
  10. Ty Lawson 17.2

Dante Cunningham game-by-game results:

  • @ TOR 21 pts 9 rebounds
  • @ HOU 22 pts 5 rebounds
  • @SAS 14 pts 2 rebounds
  • vs.NBADL 16 pts 7 rebounds

-David Cassilo

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Video: Dante Cunninghan interview + second summer league game

In his second summer league game, Cunningham led the Blazers in scoring with 22 points.  He is clearly looking assertive on offense as he was 8-20 from the field, and 6-7 from the foul line.  The rookie also chipped in five rebounds.  The only negative was that Cunningham picked up eight fouls in the game (you are allowed 10 in the summer league).

Here is an interview that features Cunningham and his summer league coach Joe Prunty.

-David Cassilo

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Dante Cunningham scores 21 in summer league debut

Last night Cunningham played his first summer league game as a member of the Portland Trailblazers and was perhaps the most impressive player on his team.  He finished with 21 points and nine rebounds on 8-for-17 shooting, including 5-for-6 at the free throw line.

After the game, Blazers summer league coach Joe Prunty said this about Cunningham:

“He looked very comfortable.  I thought he did a really nice job setting screens, slipping screens, separating after he set screens. I thought he did a really nice job of going after boards. He got a few of what I like to refer to as ‘dirty rebounds,’ where they’re out of your area, you hustle after them. They’re not the ones that sort of fall into your lap. So I really appreciated the effort he gave. “ 

-David Cassilo

Dante Cunningham Blazers Jersey

Photo is from Dante himself on his Facebook:


-David Cassilo

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Villanova’s Big East Opponents for 2009-2010

The Big East released the conference opponents for each team day.  Here is Villanova’s:

    Home    Connecticut, DePaul, GeorgetownMarquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, West Virginia
    Away    Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse, West Virginia

As you can see, the Wildcats will play Georgetown, Marquette and West Virginia twice and everyone else once.  Playing West Virginia twice should be particularly interesting considering that the Moutaineers and Wildcats are projected to to be the top two teams in the Big East this season.  

-David Cassilo