Happy Thursday Nova Nation! As you all know, I love when we can find video or audio of Jay Wright waxing poetic on anything basketball. The man is a talented speaker, an amazing coach, and all around great guy. But my absolute favorite is when he gets going about some of the players he’s had really great relationships with over the years.

Today we got one of those gems, and I highly suggest you all take 15 minutes to watch the MSG clip of Wright calling in to talk with former player Speedy Claxton. The two reminisce about their days together, talk about the current crop of NBA prospects, and we’re even treated to a clip of Wright coaching Claxton back at Hofstra. Absolutely worth your time!

Wright also speaks to being honest with his players and recruits. He’s not there to just stroke their egos and praise their games, he’s there to make them the best players and men he can. It’s not hard to see how that approach has led not only to success on the court, but to star studded recruiting classes like the one he’s got on campus this season.

Claxton, now in his seventh season on the Hofstra coaching staff, still has a great relationship with Wright. So much so that Wright said he still reaches out to him for opinions on recruits in the New York area. With that type of relationship and trust, we should consider Claxton a possible candidate for any future assistant job that opens up on Wright’s staff.

Once again, it’s always great to hear from coach, especially when he gets to praise his former players.

In other “news”, Booth and Paschall will work out for the Sixers this weekend, somebody thought they could shove Kyle Lowry and get away with it, and the NCAA has officially pushed back the three point line. Enjoy!

Jay Wright

VIDEO: Ja Morant Will Be A Star In The NBA Says Speedy Claxton and Jay Wright| MSGNetworks.com
Bill Pidto and Alan Hahn talk to former NBA player Speedy Claxton about the talent in this years Draft Class from Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, and speak to Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright about who he sees succeeding in the NBA.

Villanova’s Wright, MLB’s Robinson the headliners at 34th annual Franciscan Sports Banquet | My Record Journal
Once you visit the Franciscan Life Center in Meriden and attend the group’s annual sports banquet, you are hooked for life.Just ask former UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun.“Once you come, you will come every year,” Calhoun said…

NBA Wildcats

Malik Allen expected to be hired as Miami Heat assistant coach | Miami Herald
With Juwan Howard moving on to become the head coach at the University of Michigan, a league source confirmed that Malik Allen is expected to soon be hired by the Heat to fill Howard’s spot as an assistant coach on Erik Spoelstra’s staff.

Lowry shoved by fan in Game 3 of The Finals | NBA.com
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A fan seated courtside at Oracle Arena for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Kyle Lowry when the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of

Raptors Post-Game: Kyle Lowry – June 5, 2019 | Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry addresses the media following Toronto’s 123-109 Game 3 victory over Golden State in the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

NBA Finals: Kyle Lowry talks about how Raptors ‘let it rip’ in Game 3 win | Watch News Videos Online
Watch NBA Finals: Kyle Lowry talks about how Raptors ‘let it rip’ in Game 3 win Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca

NBA Draft

Villanova standouts Eric Paschall, Phil Booth to showcase skills for Sixers on Saturday | The Inquirer
The two former Villanova standouts are slated to be among the draft prospects working out for the Sixers on Saturday at the team’s practice facility in Camden.

Villanova’s NBA draft prospects impacted by those who came before them | The Inquirer
Scouts say it’s a factor as more Villanova players make their league. “I think they respect that I tell them the truth about our guys,” Jay Wright says.

Are There Any Draymonds or VanVleets in This Year’s NBA Draft? | The Ringer
Stars may get a team to the Finals, but role players help you win them. With a top-heavy draft, there are plenty of defensive specialists, savvy leaders, and guys you want to go to war with; general managers just need to dig deep.

2019 NBA Draft: Top 100 player rankings, scouting reports | SI.com
With the 2019 NBA draft approaching, we offer our fully-updated list of the top 100 prospects, along with in-depth scouting reports and intel on each player’s value.

Can the Warriors find the next Draymond Green in this year’s draft? | Warriors Wire
With the Warriors projected to draft Eric Paschall and the team working out Amir Coffey, is the team looking for the next Draymond Green?

Villanova Athletics

Villanova soccer hosting defending national champions in men’s and women’s soccer this fall | Brotherly Game
The women host Florida State on campus September 15 and a day later the men play Maryland at Talen Energy Stadium

NCAA Track and Field Championships Day One – Results for Local Athletes | Philly College Sports
The first day results are in the books at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Five athletes from Philly schools, Penn and Villanova competed highlighted by Casey Comber of Villanova who advanced to the final round in the Men’s 1500 Meter run.

Villanova Adjacent

Camden to hire Rick Brunson as boys’ basketball coach | The Inquirer
The former Temple and NBA player will replace former Temple teammate Vic Carstarphen, who resigned after one season.

Camden High School to hire Rick Brunson as new boys basketball coach | Courier Post
Rick Brunson spent nine seasons in the NBA as a player and coached with four different franchises

Big 5

Lang Named Saint Joseph’s Men’s Basketball Head Strength And Conditioning Coach | PR Newswire
Eric Lang has been named head strength and conditioning coach for the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program. Let’s see just how many former Nova guys end up on Hawk Hill.

USA Basketball

Tobias Harris might represent USA Basketball in FIBA World Cup | The Inquirer
The forward has received an invitation to participate in the Team USA training camp in August at UNLV.

College Basketball

Men’s college basketball 3-point line extended to international distance | NCAA.com
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved moving the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches in men’s basketball.

NCAA moves three-point line to international distance in men’s hoops | SI.com
The line distance change will go into effect in the 2019-20 season for Division I programs.

College basketball moves back three-point line | 247 Sports
“The importance of the three-point line was truly driven home when 2017-18 Villanova made a mockery of the shot in the NCAA Tournament.”

College basketball rankings: Top 25 summer reset for 2019-20 | SI.com
The last two months brought plenty of roster movement in college hoops. How does our revised Top 25 shake out? Villanova cracks the Top 5.

JayhawkSlant | Silvio De Sousa was all smiles when talking to the media on Wednesday
Silvio De Sousa, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is living the life he’s wanted to live for as long as he can remember.

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