With recruiting nearly finished and pre-draft workouts still not upon us, this is perhaps the slowest time for college basketball of the entire season. Naturally, Villanova basketball is no exception, however some notes of interest have surfaced over the last 10 days:
- Former Villanova guard and current New Mexico assistant head coach Chris Walker seems to be the frontrunner to replace Pat Chambers at Villanova next season. Walker graduated from Villanova in 1992. Since 1992 he has been heavily involved in coaching, making stops at Loyola Marymount, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, Villanova, UMass and New Mexico. He has significant ties to Texas recruiting, which would open up another avenue for the Wildcats.
- Corey Fisher will be a part of the United States team in the World University Games that will take place in Serbia this July. Incoming freshman Maalik Wayns will attempt to make the U-19 FIBA World Championship team for the United States in June.
- The field is set for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off next season. Aside from Villanova, the tournament will also feature Boston University (led by Pat Chambers), Dayton, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas State and Ole Miss. Villanova should be the favorites and will most likely meet either Dayton or Georgia Tech if they advanced to the finals.
- Early predictions have Villanova and West Virginia as the class of the Big East this season. If Scottie Reynolds returns, expect the Wildcats to be the preseason pick to win the league.
- Kentucky has surpassed Villanova as the top recruiting class according to Rivals.com. The recent additions of DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe have pushed Kentucky to the top. According to Adam Zagoria of SNY, Kentucky may also land #1 recruit PG John Wall, who is deciding between Kentucky and Miami.
- Kyle Lowry has been a key part of the Houston Rockets run in the playoffs. He has served as the backup point guard to Aaron Brooks, but has logged at least 15 minutes in all but one game this postseason. He is averaging 5.5 points per game for the Rockets this postseason.
– David Cassilo