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Top 10 Villanova moments of the past year: Part 4

Here’s part four of five of our week long series of looking back at Villanova’s top 10 moments of the past year:

4. Dante Cunningham is drafted 33rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers- June 25, 2009


Anyone who claims to have seen this coming before the season was a liar.  Cunningham had carved out a nice college career through his first three seasons but did not seem like a serious NBA prospect.  Then came his senior season and things changed.  Cunningham developed a lethal jump shot that caused a jump in scoring average, earning him the Big East’s Most Improved Player and making him the best player on Villanova’s Final Four team.

So far, Cunningham has seen several minutes per game as a bench player for Portland and is averaging 3.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg.

3. Villanova destroys basketball powers UCLA and Duke- Mar. 21 and Mar. 26, 2009


Part of the reason that made 2009 special for Villanova was who they played in the NCAA tournament.  After defeating American, the Wildcats had the chance to take on the storied program of UCLA.  While UCLA may have had the history, Villanova had the victory as they tore apart the Bruins in front of a raucous Philadelphia crowd, winning 89-69.  Both Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson had double-doubles for Villanova, and overall six Wildcats scored in double-figures.

Next up was a trip to the Sweet 16 where Duke was awaiting.  After an evenly played first half, Villanova trounced the Blue Devils by outscoring them 51-31 in the game’s final minutes to win 77-54.  Cunningham had another double-double while Scottie Reynolds led all scorers with 16 points.  The Blue Devils shot just 26.7 percent from the field.

The two wins set up an Elite Eight matchup between Villanova and Pittsburgh.

-David Cassilo

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Top 10 Villanova moments of the past year: Part 1

One year ago today, The Villanovan Sports Blog started with a recap of a 71-50 win over Cincinnati.  Now, 164 posts, 33 wins and one Final Four later, and we have decided to spend the week commemorating what has been a magical 12 months for Villanova basketball.

What follows is the first of five installments in our week-long series of counting down the top 10 Villanova basketball moments of the past year.

10. Villanova wins the Puerto Rico Tip-Off- Nov. 22, 2009

It is easy to forget that the Villanova season almost began with disaster.  After starting 2-0 the Wildcats traveled down to Puerto Rico for a three-game tournament.  Even before they stepped on the court, the team was given devastating news as starting freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou was sent home with a viral infection.  That viral infection turned out to be Hepatitis B, and Yarou missed eleven games.

A now thin Wildcats team barely survived its first game against George Mason, needing a furious second half comeback and a game-winning three-point shot from the unlikeliest of heros, freshman forward Isaiah Armwood, who played just four minutes.  Those three points were his first of the season.

Villanova then handled Dayton and Ole Miss to win the tournament.  Junior forward Antonio Pena had an impressive 17 points and 16 rebounds in the final game and earned himself the tournament’s MVP.

9. Scottie Reynolds returns for his senior season- June 9, 2009


With the option to enter the NBA draft and still be able to return the school, Reynolds took a calculated risk and put his name in the draft pool without signing an agent.  After participating in workouts for several teams, Reynolds decided his best option would be to return to Villanova for his senior season.

Thus far, it seems like he made the right move as Villanova is 19-1, and Reynolds is averaging a career-best 18.7 points per game.  His strong play has his name in both Big East and National Player of the Year conversations, and the Wildcats are off to their best start ever and highest ranking in school history.

-David Cassilo

Cunningham is selected 33rd overall by Portland

June 26, 2009 1 comment

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Going way earlier than most people expected, Dante Cunningham will now continue his basketball career as a member of the Portland Trailblazers.  He should fit in well as a bench player on an up-and-coming, young Blazers team.  The Blazers are a little thin at small forward with Nicolas Batum and Travis Outlaw at the position, so who knows, maybe he could even start one day.

Cunningham is not at the draft and is watching with his family in Maryland.

As a note, Cunningham was chosen over DeJuan Blair and Sam Young.  Once again, Villanova beats Pittsburgh.

-David Cassilo

Live at the NBA draft

I’m here at the draft.  I’ll keep you posted if I hear any big stories or anything Villanova related.

-David Cassilo

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Final Mock Draft…maybe

June 25, 2009 1 comment

I’m about to head over to MSG so here is my latest mock draft.  Obviously, a lot will happen between now and the start of the draft, so if I get a chance to rework my mock, I will do it.  If not, you’ll hear from me when Cunningham is picked.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Blake Griffin PF Oklahoma
  2. Memphis Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet C UConn
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ricky Rubio PG Spain
  4. Sacramento Kings- Tyreke Evans PG/SG Memphis
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves- James Harden SG Arizona State
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Stephen Curry PG Davidson
  7. Golden State Warriors- Jordan Hill PF Arizona
  8. New York Knicks- Jonny Flynn PG Syracuse
  9. Toronto Raptors- James Johnson SF Wake Forest
  10. Milwaukee Bucks- Brandon Jennings PG Italy
  11. New Jersey Nets- DeMar DeRozan SG USC
  12. Charlotte Bobcats- Terrence Williams SF Louisville
  13. Indiana Pacers- DeJuan Blair PF Pittsburgh
  14. Phoenix Suns- Earl Clark SF Louisville
  15. Detroit Pistons- BJ Mullens C Ohio State
  16. Chicago Bulls- Gerald Henderson SG Duke
  17. Philadelphia 76ers- Jrue Holiday PG UCLA
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves- Sam Young SF Pittsburgh
  19. Atlanta Hawks- Ty Lawson PG UNC
  20. Utah Jazz- Tyler Hansbrough PF UNC
  21. New Orleans Hornets- Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
  22. Portland Trailblazers – Austin Daye SF Gonzaga
  23. Sacramento Kings- Eric Maynor PG VCU
  24. Dallas Mavericks- Chase Budinger SF Arizona
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Taj Gibson PF USC
  26. Chicago Bulls- Omir Casspi SF Israel
  27. Memphis Grizzlies- Toney Douglas PG/SG Florida State
  28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Victor Claver SF/PF Spain
  29. New York Knicks- Derrick Brown PF Xavier
  30. Cleveland Cavaliers- Wayne Ellington SG UNC

-David Cassilo

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NBA Draft Day: Cunningham and Anderson draft prospects

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It’s just hours before the draft, and let’s take a step back from looking at the entire draft and focus on the Villanova Wildcats.

Two graduates have a chance to latch on with an NBA team: Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson.  It appears that Shane Clark and Frank Tchuisi will have to look elsewhere.

Dante Cunningham

Ever since exploding in this past year’s season opener against Fordham, Cunningham has been a target of NBA scouts.  His improvement, leadership, physical ability, work ethic and jump shot have been his greatest strengths, while lack of size and a 3-point shot have hurt him.

His name has been mentioned with Detroit, San Antonio and Miami, but he also has worked out for Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Utah, Charlotte, Minnesota, Portland and New York.  

The second round is where he will be selected and combined these teams have 18 second round picks, more than half of the entire second round.  Expect him to fall somewhere in the 40-50 range.

Prediction: Detroit Pistons, pick #44

Dwayne Anderson

It wasn’t entirely certain if Anderson would garner NBA interest, but he has worked out for both Charlotte and Oklahoma City.  His greatest strengths are his work ethic, versatility and level of improvement.  However, there have been doubts as to if he has enough offensive and defensive talent to play in the NBA.

It is probably a stretch to think Anderson will be draft but the Bobcats have the 54th pick, and in every draft a few guys are selected that no one else even had on their draft board.

Prediction: Undrafted, signs with Charlotte and plays in Summer League.

-David Cassilo

Mock Draft: Wednesday edition

Here’s my current mock draft.  I will probably try to update it before I head over to the NBA draft tomorrow.  In addition to this tomorrow I will look at Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson’s draft chances.

From what I’ve heard, the only thing for certain is that the Clippers are taking Blake Griffin.  I think it’s still a strong possibility that Minnesota trades #5 and #18 to Memphis for #2, who they will use on Rubio.  Nevertheless, this is where I stand now:

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Blake Griffin PF Oklahoma
  2. Memphis Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet C UConn
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ricky Rubio PG Spain
  4. Sacramento Kings- Jonny Flynn PG Syracuse
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves- James Harden SG Arizona State
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Tyreke Evans PG/SG Memphis
  7. Golden State Warriors- Stephen Curry PG Davidson
  8. New York Knicks- Jordan Hill PF Arizona
  9. Toronto Raptors- DeMar DeRozan SG USC
  10.  Milwaukee Bucks- Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
  11. New Jersey Nets- Earl Clark SF Louisville
  12. Charlotte Bobcats- Terrence Williams SF Louisville
  13. Indiana Pacers- DeJuan Blair PF Pittsburgh
  14. Phoenix Suns- Brandon Jennings PG Italy
  15.  Detroit Pistons- BJ Mullens C Ohio State
  16. Chicago Bulls- Gerald Henderson SG Duke
  17. Philadelphia 76ers- Jrue Holiday PG UCLA
  18.  Minnesota Timberwolves- James Johnson SF Wake Forest
  19. Atlanta Hawks- Ty Lawson PG UNC
  20. Utah Jazz- Tyler Hansbrough PF UNC
  21. New Orleans Hornets- Eric Maynor PG VCU
  22. Portland Trailblazers – Austin Daye SF Gonzaga
  23. Sacramento Kings- Sam Young SF Pittsburgh
  24. Dallas Mavericks- Chase Budinger SF Arizona
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Taj Gibson PG USC
  26. Chicago Bulls- Omir Casspi SF Israel
  27. Memphis Grizzlies- Toney Douglas PG/SG Florida State
  28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Victor Claver SF/PF Spain
  29. Los Angeles Lakers- Nick Calathes PG/SG Florida
  30. Cleveland Cavaliers- Wayne Ellington SG UNC

TOMORROW: VILLANOVA DRAFT UPDATE + FINAL MOCK

-David Cassilo

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