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Old 04-05-2024, 09:22 PM   #801
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Lately, it's been the case that one of Graham Sims' assistants gets the opportunity to head a program of his own every year. This time, it's recruiting coordinator Jeffrey Hairston, leaving for the Green Bay job.

The most intriguing coaching change is taking place up at Syracuse. They've replaced the retiring James Robinett with Tom Caballero, who was Graham's recruiting assistant for three years before moving to the top job at Western Kentucky. Coach Caballero just led the Hilltoppers to a 27-5 record and a ticket to the Big Dance. Now he'll match wits with his former boss in the Big East.

Our new Recruiting Coordinator is the talented Carroll Taylor. Coach Taylor comes to us from Cal State Fullerton, where he was relieved of his duties after four years and a 50-75 record. He previously enjoyed success as an assistant at Utah, helping the Utes to a berth in the 2037 Final Four.

Coach Taylor is 42, a Level 6 coach with a 100 Recruiting rating. He'll earn a bit more than $202,000/year on a three-year contract. Welcome to the Main Line, Coach.

Coach Taylor gets to work quickly, because for the first time in several years, there's a player in the transfer portal who interests us. James Largent was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2040. He's a 6'8" post player from Petaluma, CA, who spent a year at San Jose State without seeing any action.
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#34 C James Largent - Villanova - Freshman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-8 Weight: 234 High School: Petaluma High School Hometown: Petaluma, CA Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 43 35 17 0 17 22 45 58 40 12 9 59 17 84 29 46 2040: 39 33 17 0 15 20 23 50 32 12 9 49 14 78 26 26 Potential: B C D F D D B A B D F A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Redshirting Academics: 74
We like James' potential as a rebounder, defender, and shot blocker--a Blue Collar Man with a touch of inside scoring ability. If we can help James to reach those A and B potentials, we'll have ourselves a valuable frontcourt reserve, at least.

Welcome to the Wildcat basketball family, James!
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:08 PM   #802
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We have two scholarships available, and when I look at our projected depth chart for the next two years, I can't identify an obvious "must recruit now" position. The closest thing to an urgent need is a point guard, in case Kai Smith doesn't stay four years.

The nation's top point guard is Aaron Scott, an Ohio product who doesn't list us among his top five schools. That's a shame, because Aaron is a baller.

We'll have a much better chance to sign Jesse Gill. He's the #1 player in the class, a high-scoring, 6'7" wing from New Jersey. Jesse lists North Carolina and Boston College ahead of us right now.

The best player in Pennsylvania is Roman Holloway, a 7'0" center. He goes to high school only 14 miles away from the Villanova campus, but he also lists BC and UNC ahead of us, in that order.

The most intriguing player who lists Villanova as his favorite school is Joel Campbell. He's a four-star player, a 6'6" shooter from nearby Royersford, PA.

Gill and Campbell are similar players, and I don't know whether I want to pursue the longer shot or the surer thing. I won't offer either of them a scholarship until we've had a chance to evaluate them. I'll go ahead and offer one to Holloway, based on his stats.

Here's our initial call list:
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Name Pos Ht Wt Rating Interest State --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jesse Gill SF 6-7 202 ***** Very High New Jersey Roman Holloway C 7-0 243 ***** Very High Pennsylvania David Witham PF 6-5 249 ***** Very High Georgia Garland Milford PF 6-5 246 ***** Very High Pennsylvania Joseph Day SF 6-6 222 ***** Very High Indiana Joel Campbell SF 6-6 195 **** Very High Pennsylvania Lowell Murr PF 6-9 209 **** Very High Virginia Richard Derry SF 6-8 215 **** Very High Pennsylvania Jermaine Swann SG 6-4 180 **** Very High Wisconsin Carl Covington PG 6-3 211 **** Very High New York Robby Alarcon SG 6-4 184 **** Very High Maryland Samual Hutton C 6-11 236 *** Very High New Jersey Marty Gard SG 6-4 190 ***** High Texas Dennis Olszewski SG 6-3 176 ***** High Illinois Antoine McClain C 6-8 255 **** High Georgia Glenn Brown SG 6-3 170 **** High Ohio Branden Pena PG 6-1 179 **** High California John Dion SG 6-3 192 *** High New Jersey Aaron Scott PG 6-0 184 ***** Average Ohio
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:21 AM   #803
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Roman Holloway passed the eye test last month, and now we see that his evaluation backs up his stats.

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#33 C Roman Holloway -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 7-0 Weight: 243 High School: Garnet Valley High School Hometown: Glen Mills, PA GPA: 3.24 Test Score: 1260 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 50 6 49 12 30 42 58 48 53 27 9 54 43 71 51 43 Potential: B D C D C C B B A C D C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23.7 3.4 12.2 3.9 2.4 1.64 1.1 2.9 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.8 17.2 .567 4.1 7.4 .554 0.1 0.4 .143 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #14 Overall, #2 C, East Region #2 Overall, East Region #1 C High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (Pennsylvania) Top 5 Schools: *Pittsburgh, *Villanova, Boston College, Syracuse, Kentucky
Roman's scoring comes in large part from close to the basket, but I'm fine with that. Not all centers have to be jump shooters. He takes pride in his defense, and I'm especially intrigued about his passing ability.

We'll invite him to campus this month, and Coaches Sims and Taylor will make the short journey to his home. Perhaps some individualized recruiting efforts will convince him to stay on our side of the Keystone State.

Let's take a look at Joel Campbell next.
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#12 SF Joel Campbell -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-6 Weight: 195 High School: Pope John Paul II Catholic High School Hometown: Royersford, PA GPA: 3.15 Test Score: 1170 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 24 58 72 44 30 18 46 27 45 50 19 21 66 50 55 31 Potential: C B B C D D C B C B D D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22.8 2.4 8.2 2.9 2.5 1.14 1.5 0.8 2.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.7 18.7 .519 1.4 1.6 .844 2.0 4.5 .449 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #65 Overall, #11 SF, East Region #17 Overall, East Region #7 SF High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: Villanova, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Maryland
There's some potential here. Joel doesn't have a Grade A weapon in his arsenal, but he's at least average at all the things we ask a wing to do. He also seems to like our program a lot.

Jesse Gill's interest in playing for us seems to be cooling.
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#5 SF Jesse Gill -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-7 Weight: 202 High School: Pascack Valley High School Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ GPA: 3.41 Test Score: 1310 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 38 67 81 82 20 12 32 28 71 44 32 43 70 38 56 50 Potential: C A A A D D C C B B B C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22.4 2.5 9.3 2.5 2.7 0.91 1.4 1.8 2.5 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.5 19.0 .500 1.5 1.5 1.000 1.9 4.9 .381 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: High Rankings: #1 Overall, #1 SF, East Region #1 Overall, East Region #1 SF High School Awards: All-State Top 5 Schools: Boston College, *North Carolina, Villanova, Syracuse, Connecticut
Jesse Gill is what happens when you take Reed Weisberg and make his supplementary skills (the ones that aren't shooting) better. They're even both Jersey guys.

I'm so tempted to pursue Gill. He's that good. But North Carolina likes him too, they've made him an offer, and he prefers the Tar Heels and Boston College. I'll bring both Jesse and Joel to campus, but I'm going to offer the scholarship to Joel...at least for now.
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:31 AM   #804
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Joel Campbell received scholarship offers from Lafayette and Temple this month, too. We're at the top of Joel's list, and I'm feeling good about our chances to sign him in a couple months.

The Roman Holloway sweepstakes seems to be a two-way contest between Pitt and Villanova. We're the only two schools on his list, and he ranks us behind the Panthers.

Jesse Gill got an offer from Boston College, and now he lists the Eagles as his top school. If he doesn't attend Villanova, I hope he goes to North Carolina. I'd prefer not to have him as a Big East opponent.

I'm taking closer looks at two players who might become part of Plan B. Armando Anderson is a four-star center from New Jersey who averages 34 PPG. Point guard Everett Huffman, who's averaging almost 26 points and 13 assists per game, might become the first junior college player I've ever signed. We'll see if their evaluations match up with their gaudy stats.

For now, my offers will remain unchanged.
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Old 04-06-2024, 11:54 AM   #805
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Lafayette and Temple appear to have retired from the field, so it looks like Joel Campbell is on his way to Villanova...unless a late challenger emerges.

There's no change in Roman Holloway's recruiting preferences. Is the prospect of backing up Dan O'Halloran for a year causing Roman to prefer Pitt's offer? The Panthers have a young big man, Chris Vice, who was a five-star player too, but he's no O'Halloran.

I'm now thinking very seriously about passing on Holloway and making an offer to Armando Anderson.
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#0 C Armando Anderson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 209 High School: Bordentown Regional High School Hometown: Bordentown, NJ GPA: 2.97 Test Score: 1200 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 77 26 57 41 33 7 20 32 45 27 5 43 26 78 40 20 Potential: A B B B C F D C B C F C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34.0 1.7 7.2 0.6 1.9 0.29 0.2 3.3 1.8 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13.6 22.2 .610 6.1 7.8 .781 0.8 2.6 .308 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Very High Rankings: #46 Overall, #13 C, East Region #11 Overall, East Region #3 C High School Awards: All-State, Mr. Basketball (New Jersey), All American Top 5 Schools: Villanova, Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Pittsburgh
It appears that Armando's high school coach gives him one job: "Score points." Armando is good at doing that in several different ways.

He's a similar player to Weston Wagner. I wonder if a team can use two guys who are so similar?

Everett Huffman is an appealing player, too.
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#32 PG Everett Huffman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-3 Weight: 194 JC: Michigan CC High School: Camden-Frontier High School Hometown: Camden, MI GPA: 2.41 Test Score: 1050 Rating: **** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 44 84 61 47 50 74 27 23 42 55 6 18 92 36 43 22 Potential: C A B C C A D D C C F D Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25.8 1.9 5.9 12.8 1.8 7.31 0.5 0.4 2.4 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11.8 20.1 .585 0.9 1.5 .600 1.4 3.1 .443 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- JC Player: Yes Current interest in Villanova: Average Rankings: #98 Overall, #27 PG, Midwest Region #24 Overall, Midwest Region #8 PG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: *Purdue, *Northwestern, Villanova, Louisville, Missouri
Everett is, naturally, a more polished player than a high school senior. He's breaking his community college league with his shooting and passing skills, but they look like they'll play at the next level, too. Two Big Ten schools have offered scholarships to Everett, but he still seems interested in our program--before he's had the chance to visit.

I have a lot to think about here.

Decision Day is approaching fast. I'm going to take a chance that Armando won't receive an offer he's willing to take this month, and give Roman one more month's worth of recruiting. I might miss out on both of them, but if I do, who says I won't receive a "consolation prize" like Immanuel Bahr?

Let's roll the dice...
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Old 04-06-2024, 12:11 PM   #806
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Decision Day


We receive some good, if unsurprising, news from Joel Campbell, who announces today his commitment to playing basketball at Villanova. A versatile player who can do lots of things well, I envision him as a "bit of everything" wing with an extra helping of mid-range shooting. And we might have him for all four years. It will be great to have you here, Joel!

Roman Holloway and his family are still thinking. I wonder if there's a chance...

Armando Anderson received an offer from Temple last month, but he still lists Villanova as his number one choice.

Now that the season is about to begin, I have other tasks besides recruiting to think about. I have time to ponder my options.

Jesse Gill commits to North Carolina today. Aaron Scott is off to Tennessee. Everett Huffman picks Purdue.
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Old 04-06-2024, 06:35 PM   #807
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Here are your 2041/42 Villanova Wildcats!
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#1 VILLANOVA General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott McMasters 1 PG Fr 6-2 186 Yes 80 Redshirt Wallingford, PA Kai Smith 2 PG Jr 5-5 171 Yes 80 OK Lansdale, PA Israel Moody 3 SF So 6-5 209 Yes 82 Injured Joppa, MD Asaad Richardson 4 SG Fr 6-4 201 Yes 80 OK Pennsburg, PA Tyson Lien 11 SG Fr 6-3 204 Yes 79 OK West Windsor, NJ Weston Wagner 12 PF Fr 6-9 232 Yes 96 OK Hillside, IL John Cannon 20 SF Jr 6-4 209 Yes 68 OK Hueytown, AL Forrest Curl 22 PF Jr* 6-10 232 Yes 59 OK Chatham, NJ Nick O'Brien 24 PG Jr 6-0 176 No 76 Unhappy Tonbridge, UK Immanuel Bahr 32 PF Fr 6-8 269 Yes 43 OK Munich, Germany Brian Cioffi 33 PF So 6-7 204 No 52 OK Greenbelt, MD James Largent 34 C Fr* 6-8 234 Yes 74 Redshirt Petaluma, CA Dan O'Halloran 52 C So 6-10 269 Yes 87 OK Newtown Square, PA

And here's how their training camp went:
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#1 VILLANOVA Training Results Player Ins Jps Fts 3ps Hnd Pas Orb Drb Psd Prd Stl Blk Qkn Str Jmp Sta --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott McMasters 2 4 8 6 8 8 2 2 2 8 6 2 2 4 3 12 Kai Smith 3 6 2 6 7 2 1 3 1 2 2 1 2 1 0 7 Israel Moody 7 6 6 4 3 1 2 2 10 3 12 8 1 3 1 11 Asaad Richardson 4 10 10 10 4 4 4 2 2 4 4 2 3 6 3 10 Tyson Lien 2 8 8 8 8 8 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 1 6 Weston Wagner 8 6 6 6 2 2 6 6 8 2 2 6 0 6 1 8 John Cannon 0 11 1 3 10 7 2 0 0 12 3 3 0 2 1 6 Forrest Curl 2 2 1 0 2 4 3 1 6 2 2 1 0 2 1 9 Nick O'Brien 2 4 2 1 0 4 2 1 1 4 4 1 1 1 0 7 Immanuel Bahr 10 4 6 2 2 2 10 10 8 2 2 10 1 6 1 12 Brian Cioffi 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 18 James Largent 4 2 1 0 1 1 4 5 6 0 0 6 1 4 1 9 Dan O'Halloran 11 4 8 4 4 7 11 11 10 4 2 10 1 5 1 6

This season is Graham Sims' 16th as the head coach at Villanova, after 15 more as the head man at Lafayette. His Wildcats begin the season with three men who started last season's NCAA championship game available for action, and a fourth player--who certainly would have started--hoping to return by Christmas.

Dan O'Halloran lived up to his billing in his first season, earning a spot on the Big East first team and winning its Freshman of the Year award. Dan didn't rest on his laurels; he worked as hard as anyone in camp and became even better at the things he was already good at. Dan might be the best big man in college basketball right now.

Starting beside him in the post will be redshirt junior Forrest Curl. Forrest is an effective secondary offensive option, an active defender, and a tough rebounder.

The small forward spot will belong to Israel Moody when he completes his recovery from a ruptured Achilles. Israel averaged 13.6 PPG as a freshman, demonstrating the ability to get to the rim and score with mid-range jumpers and floaters. While Moody mends, freshman Asaad Richardson will have the opportunity to start and demonstrate what he can do. Asaad arrives with a reputation as a shooter, and he improved his skill significantly during camp.

John Cannon moved into the starting five when Moody went down, and he'll begin the season as a starter this year. He's a bit small for a wing at 6'4"; he'd prefer to guard the perimeter, where he can lock down opponents with his fundamental skills and wreak havoc with his steals.

Junior point guard Kai Smith is a fan favorite. He's 5'5", and quick as a kitten. Kai led the Big East in assists last season, combining reliability and flash in equal measure. He is a tremendous defender who creates many turnovers, and he's improved his shot quite a bit since last season.

The reserve corps will be led by a quartet of freshmen. Richardson will be among them once Moody is back. The others are guard Tyson Lien, who improved his handle and passing enough to add "point guard" to his profile; Immanuel Bahr, a powerful post from Germany; and Weston Wagner, a smooth forward who can operate in the post or on the wing. Walk-on guard Nick O'Brien is talented enough to be more than a novelty act at the end of lopsided games. Nick's presence allows us to give guard Scott McMasters a redshirt year.

There's a bit more uncertainty about this year's team than there has been in recent seasons. Is Forrest Curl ready to make the transition from 10-minute-per-game reserve to starting forward? Will the Four Freshmen be overmatched by the veteran stars of the Big East, or will they be man enough to hold their own? Will Dan O'Halloran build on his freshman successes and become a premier player, with every opponent we face making him the focus of their defensive efforts?

If the answer to each of these questions is "yes," we can be playing in April. If it's not, our off-season will be longer than usual.
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Old 04-06-2024, 06:45 PM   #808
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Let's take a trip to Knoxville, where Tennessee's highly-touted freshman Wayne Bradhold has just completed his first training camp.
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#25 PF Wayne Bradhold - Tennessee - Freshman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 6-10 Weight: 254 High School: Elder High School Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 52 24 33 22 41 27 84 86 83 36 23 83 30 93 34 58 2040: 47 22 31 20 39 25 75 77 73 34 21 73 28 85 31 50 Potential: C C C D C D A A A C D A Health: Good Scholarship: Yes Status: Active Roster Academics: 90 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Awards & Achievements: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Award -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 High School: Rated ***** and #2 overall by the FBCB scouting service. 2040 High School: All-State (Ohio) 2040 High School: Mr. Basketball (Ohio)

The "creation dice" were hot for Mr. Bradhold, who emerges as a god tier version of the Blue Collar Man. He's already a fearsome rebounder and a strong presence on defense.

The Vols don't have a very good center on their roster, so Wayne might begin the season at the five.

@Chas: If you'd rather Wayne wear another uniform number, let me know, and I'll change it.
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Old 04-06-2024, 07:09 PM   #809
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Here's a look at Graham Sims' history at Villanova.
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VILLANOVA TEAM PERFORMANCE Season Team W L CW CL Rank RPI PRS Result -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2040 Villanova 36 3 13 3 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2039 Villanova 38 1 16 0 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2038 Villanova 32 4 14 2 2 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2037 Villanova 36 3 14 2 2 1 100 Loss in NCAA Final Four 2036 Villanova 39 1 18 0 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2035 Villanova 38 2 17 1 2 2 100 NCAA Champion 2034 Villanova 32 5 16 2 1 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2033 Villanova 31 6 16 2 3 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2032 Villanova 35 4 16 2 2 2 100 Loss in NCAA Championship Game 2031 Villanova 32 5 15 3 2 3 100 Loss in NCAA Championship Game 2030 Villanova 36 4 15 3 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2029 Villanova 32 3 16 2 2 2 100 Loss in NCAA Round of 32 2028 Villanova 36 2 17 1 1 1 100 Loss in NCAA Elite Eight 2027 Villanova 36 3 16 2 1 1 100 NCAA Champion 2026 Villanova 32 6 14 4 6 6 95 Loss in NCAA Championship Game

We've maintained a 100 Prestige score for 15 seasons. That made me wonder about the other members of the 100 Club.

Right now, Kentucky and Louisville are the only other teams with 100 Prestige. Kentucky has maintained that level for the past eight seasons, and had a run of five 100 seasons in the 20s. Louisville's super-elite status has been in place for three years.

North Carolina's Prestige is currently 99, but the Tar Heels have spent quite a bit of time at 100. They were there in 2038/39, and for 12 seasons from 2021 to 2033.

Georgetown's Prestige is 99 now, too. The Hoyas reeled off 12 straight seasons with a perfect score beginning in 2026. Boston College, also at 99 now, has had three different 100-level runs: a single season at that level back in 2016/17, a four-year run in the 2020s, and a recent seven-year stretch that ended in 2040.

Although Vanderbilt's star has faded a bit recently--their Prestige is in the 80s now--veteran fans will remember when the Commodores were among the nation's true elite. They began a run of 12 seasons at the very top with a national championship in 2018/19. Their glory years roughly coincided with those of Southern California, who posted seven straight 100s from 2020/21 through 2026/27.

As great as all these programs have been, none can match the consistent excellence of Kansas. The Jayhawks' Prestige is currently 92, which is the lowest it's ever been. They reached 100 for the first time in our universe's second season, winning the 2012/13 national title. They dropped to 99 in 2019/20, when they lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but returned to 100 the next season as the national runners-up. There the Jayhawks remained until 2036/37, when they once again exited in the first round. That makes 24 seasons for the Jayhawks at the pinnacle of the college game.
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Old 04-06-2024, 07:58 PM   #810
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@#1 Villanova 91, Princeton 61

Welcome to NCAA basketball, Asaad Richardson!

The freshman sunk 5 threes in 7 attempts and scored 25 points in his first collegiate game. Dan O'Halloran added 18 with 9 rebounds; Forrest Curl scored 14; John Cannon posted 12; Kai Smith supplemented 8 points with career bests of 14 assists and 6 steals.

We pull away to a 52-18 halftime score and coast home.
Record: 1-0.


November 21, 2041
Maui Shootout, First Round

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(1) #1 Villanova 117, (8) Massachusetts 60 -------------------------------------------------------- Massachusetts (0-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jules Dove C 26 1-5 0-2 2 10 1 3 2 J. Pattison PF 19 3-5 4-5 2 6 0 3 10 Chris Jackson SF 21 0-4 3-5 1 1 1 4 3 Dimitri Vanreust SG 27 4-9 5-7 0 3 2 3 13 R. Bissonnette PG 9 2-4 0-0 1 1 0 4 5 Chris Derouen PG 18 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 4 9 Harris Thompson SG 24 4-12 3-4 0 4 2 3 12 Joe Bright PG 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 2 2 Norris Demello PF 26 0-2 2-2 3 3 0 3 2 Tracy Wooden C 15 0-3 2-2 3 3 1 0 2 Jack Grant PF 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 Jakob Bund SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 32 (J.Dove 5, J.Pattison 2, D.Vanreust 3, R.Bissonnette 4, C.Derouen 7, H.Thompson 4, J.Bright 3, N.Demello 3, T.Wooden 1) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 6 (C.Jackson 1, C.Derouen 1, H.Thompson 1, J.Bright 1, N.Demello 2) 3P FGs: 3-13 (D.Vanreust 0-1, R.Bissonnette 1-1, C.Derouen 1-1, H.Thompson 1-8, J.Bright 0-1, N.Demello 0-1) Villanova (2-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 29 7-13 4-4 3 7 3 3 18 Forrest Curl PF 28 3-5 0-0 0 3 2 4 6 John Cannon SF 21 4-12 1-2 3 5 3 4 12 Asaad Richardson SG 27 7-12 5-7 0 2 3 3 23 Kai Smith PG 24 2-2 6-6 0 1 9 4 12 Tyson Lien SG 24 4-5 9-10 0 1 3 1 19 Immanuel Bahr PF 17 2-3 2-3 0 9 1 2 6 Weston Wagner SF 13 5-7 4-4 0 1 0 2 18 Nick O'Brien PG 12 0-1 1-2 0 2 0 1 1 Brian Cioffi PF 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (F.Curl 2, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 5, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, I.Bahr 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 15 (D.O'Halloran 1, J.Cannon 3, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 2, W.Wagner 3, B.Cioffi 1) 3P FGs: 15-29 (J.Cannon 3-10, A.Richardson 4-7, K.Smith 2-2, T.Lien 2-3, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 4-5, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: SG Tyson Lien (VLNV)
Joe Lien was one of Graham Sims' first big-name recruits when he signed with Lafayette back in the mid-teens. Known as a terrific shooter, Joe scored almost 1800 points in his three-year career, averaging over 17 per game.

His son, Tyson, looks just like Joe when he releases his jumper, and tonight it went in at a rate that would make Dad proud. Joe says Tyson is a much better defender than he ever was; honestly, that wouldn't take much.

Tyson's classmates, Assad Richardson and Weston Wagner, also shoot well form long range. Our defense forces the Minutemen into 32 turnovers. It's a great start for our trip to sunny Hawai'i.
Record: 2-0.


November 22, 2041
Maui Shootout Semifinal

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(1) #1 Villanova 90, (4) Illinois 81 --------------------------------------------------------- Illinois (1-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Karl Coe C 28 2-7 3-4 2 4 1 0 7 Arthur Sandoval PF 27 3-6 2-2 0 3 1 0 10 Jerry Rainey SF 23 3-11 4-4 3 5 1 5 10 Ward Whitmore SG 35 8-11 0-0 1 8 3 1 20 Demetrius Gallo PG 31 3-7 2-2 3 4 3 4 8 Jose Stine PF 18 3-5 1-1 0 2 3 1 7 Don Batty C 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 Derek Metz SG 15 4-5 3-5 1 5 0 0 13 Danial Duclos SF 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 Charles Hixon SF 4 0-0 4-4 0 0 0 1 4 Turnovers: 14 (K.Coe 2, J.Rainey 4, W.Whitmore 1, D.Gallo 2, D.Metz 2, D.Duclos 2, C.Hixon 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (K.Coe 3, A.Sandoval 3, J.Stine 1) Steals: 4 (W.Whitmore 3, D.Duclos 1) 3P FGs: 8-14 (K.Coe 0-1, A.Sandoval 2-3, W.Whitmore 4-6, D.Gallo 0-1, D.Metz 2-2, D.Duclos 0-1) Villanova (3-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 37 9-17 2-2 1 6 5 2 20 Forrest Curl PF 27 1-4 0-0 2 10 2 5 2 John Cannon SG 25 6-11 0-0 2 2 3 4 16 Asaad Richardson SF 34 4-10 0-0 0 2 3 1 10 Kai Smith PG 36 7-9 2-3 0 0 9 1 20 Tyson Lien SG 17 5-7 0-0 1 1 0 2 13 Immanuel Bahr PF 18 2-3 2-2 3 6 0 4 7 Weston Wagner SF 3 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 Nick O'Brien PG 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 2, A.Richardson 2, K.Smith 1, I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 1) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 3, A.Richardson 1, I.Bahr 1) Steals: 9 (F.Curl 2, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 2) 3P FGs: 14-29 (J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 2-8, K.Smith 4-6, T.Lien 3-5, I.Bahr 1-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
Our proven stars, Dan O'Halloran and Kai Smith, put the team on their backs and carry us to the Shootout championship game. Dan has made 55 percent of his shots in our first three games, and Kai is averaging 10.7 assists and 1.3 turnovers per game.

I'm letting the guys shoot more threes again, because we've got some sharpshooters again. So far, the results have been positive.
Record: 3-0.


November 23, 2041
Maui Shootout Championship

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(1) #1 Villanova 92, (3) Cincinnati 84 --------------------------------------------------------- Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Robert Smith C 28 4-9 4-5 1 3 0 3 12 Michael Nunn PF 32 4-5 4-5 1 5 3 0 12 Sam Luther SF 27 2-3 3-4 2 6 2 3 8 Paolo Bolling SG 26 10-16 3-3 0 5 1 5 27 Robert Krieg PG 33 4-9 2-6 1 3 4 2 10 Quinton Gebhart C 14 1-3 2-2 1 4 0 1 5 Richard Clyde SG 24 1-3 4-4 1 2 5 1 7 Monty Gardner SF 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Michael Kinsella PF 6 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 Normand Bustos SG 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 Chris Black PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 18 (R.Smith 3, M.Nunn 2, S.Luther 3, P.Bolling 4, R.Krieg 4, R.Clyde 2) Blocked Shots: 6 (M.Nunn 6) Steals: 7 (R.Smith 1, M.Nunn 1, P.Bolling 3, R.Krieg 1, R.Clyde 1) 3P FGs: 8-13 (S.Luther 1-1, P.Bolling 4-6, Q.Gebhart 1-2, R.Clyde 1-3, N.Bustos 1-1) Villanova (4-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 32 3-9 5-9 2 8 1 4 11 Forrest Curl PF 26 4-5 0-0 2 4 0 5 8 John Cannon SF 29 7-12 0-0 0 1 6 3 17 Asaad Richardson SG 15 3-7 4-5 1 3 3 4 12 Kai Smith PG 33 8-9 0-0 1 1 11 2 19 Tyson Lien SG 27 6-10 4-4 1 2 2 2 18 Immanuel Bahr PF 22 0-4 0-0 2 4 1 4 0 Weston Wagner SF 12 2-3 1-1 0 5 1 3 5 Nick O'Brien PG 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Turnovers: 14 (D.O'Halloran 3, F.Curl 1, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1, N.O'Brien 3) Blocked Shots: 5 (D.O'Halloran 3, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 1) Steals: 8 (J.Cannon 3, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 10-22 (J.Cannon 3-6, A.Richardson 2-5, K.Smith 3-4, T.Lien 2-5, I.Bahr 0-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We get contributions from guys up and down the depth chart as we win the Maui Shootout over a tough Cincinnati team.

We don't look like the defensive juggernaut we've been the past two or three years. We let Paolo Bolling gash us for 27 points, scoring inside and outside without much interference. But we seem to be able to score enough to win even when our defense isn't clicking like we want.

It's our second victory in this fun tournament in the Sunshine State.
Record: 4-0.


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Old 04-12-2024, 08:37 AM   #811
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#1 Villanova 86, Davidson 82 --------------------------------------------------------- Davidson (2-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Stewart Kirchner C 33 1-3 1-2 1 9 1 4 3 Charles Charland PF 35 6-10 2-2 1 5 1 5 14 Dane Ortiz SF 27 4-9 1-1 2 6 1 1 11 Richard Gaspar SG 23 7-14 5-5 1 4 1 4 23 Demetrius Schenck PG 34 5-10 0-0 1 3 11 3 14 Earl Brown SF 22 2-7 1-1 0 0 2 2 5 Tony Fish C 10 1-3 0-0 2 2 0 2 2 Sam Curiel PG 11 3-3 1-2 2 3 1 1 8 John Negron SF 2 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 2 Clifford Morgan PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 16 (S.Kirchner 3, C.Charland 4, D.Ortiz 3, R.Gaspar 1, D.Schenck 2, E.Brown 1, T.Fish 1, S.Curiel 1) Blocked Shots: 2 (C.Charland 1, T.Fish 1) Steals: 7 (C.Charland 2, D.Ortiz 1, R.Gaspar 1, D.Schenck 3) 3P FGs: 11-26 (S.Kirchner 0-1, D.Ortiz 2-5, R.Gaspar 4-9, D.Schenck 4-7, E.Brown 0-3, S.Curiel 1-1) Villanova (5-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 37 5-13 6-8 4 14 4 2 16 Forrest Curl PF 32 1-7 0-1 2 6 1 2 2 John Cannon SF 32 7-11 2-2 1 2 2 2 20 Asaad Richardson SG 31 5-8 4-6 1 3 3 3 16 Kai Smith PG 15 4-5 4-4 0 0 4 4 16 Tyson Lien PG 28 3-6 2-3 2 3 2 2 10 Immanuel Bahr PF 13 1-2 4-4 0 1 0 0 6 Weston Wagner SF 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 5 0-1 0-0 2 3 1 0 0 Brian Cioffi PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 3, J.Cannon 1, A.Richardson 1, K.Smith 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, N.O'Brien 2) Blocked Shots: 7 (D.O'Halloran 1, F.Curl 3, I.Bahr 2, W.Wagner 1) Steals: 7 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, A.Richardson 2, T.Lien 1, I.Bahr 1) 3P FGs: 12-20 (J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 2-4, K.Smith 4-4, T.Lien 2-2, W.Wagner 0-1, N.O'Brien 0-1) Player of Game: C Dan O'Halloran (VLNV)
We have the visiting Wildcats on the ropes, leading 46-31 at the half. Then we let them claw their way back into the contest. Davidson might be a 26 Prestige team in this universe, but they won 27 games last year and made it to the NCAA tournament. They're a team on the rise, and they nearly steal one from us tonight.

Accurate three-point shooting and a big game from Dan O'Halloran save us.
Record: 5-0.


November 30, 2041
@#1 Villanova 82, Green Bay 40

Kai Smith is the biggest star today, recording 13 points, 11 assists, and 3 steals. We assist on 24 of our 26 made baskets, which makes me very happy.

Other top performers include Asaad Richardson (22p), John Cannon (16p), Forrest Curl (14r/3b/2s), and Dan O'Halloran (16p/9r/2b). Freshman Immanuel Bahr snags 11 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Record: 6-0.
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Old 04-12-2024, 08:49 AM   #812
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Persistence pays off! Today, Roman Holloway announces his commitment to play his college ball at Villanova.

Roman has soft hands and good footwork, which combine with his seven-foot stature to enable him to score a lot of points on post moves. He's comfortable with the ball in his hands, able to find open teammates when opponents try to double him. He has good potential as a rebounder and shot blocker.

We won't need Roman to be a superstar his first year, because we'll still have Dan O'Halloran. Roman looks like he'll be a worthy successor, however. And, it's a lot of fun to snatch Pennsylvania's Mr. Basketball away from Pitt.

Welcome to Villanova basketball, Roman!

Some of the other players we recruited pick their schools today, too. Dennis Olszewski picks Purdue over Kansas. Armando Anderson chooses Temple. It looks like Antoine McClain, a rugged forward we like a lot, is going to South Carolina.
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@#1 Villanova 72, Virginia 55

The Hoos tend to be a step forward, step back kind of program. They'll win 20 games for a couple years in a row, and follow them up with a stinker of a season. Right now, their Prestige is as high as it's been since the first year of our universe (67).

They fall apart in the second half against us, turning what was a five-point game into a comfortable Wildcat victory. The Hoos take only 38 shots, which is as few as I remember from a power conference team.

Dan O'Halloran leads us with 20 points. Asaad Richardson and John Cannon contribute matching 17-point performances; Asaad grabs 6 rebounds, too. Kai Smith, the second leading assist man in the nation, hands out 9 assists, which is just below his season average.
Record: 7-0.


December 7, 2041
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#1 Villanova 86, Johns Hopkins 65 -------------------------------------------------------- Johns Hopkins (0-5, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Jim Fiske C 28 5-9 0-3 2 6 0 3 11 Matthew Ide PF 26 1-2 2-2 2 3 1 2 4 Hal Thompson SF 18 2-4 0-2 1 3 1 5 5 Buford Radke SF 27 6-19 0-0 2 5 5 3 14 Eric Williams PG 26 4-7 0-0 1 2 7 3 10 Delmar Lin SG 25 4-7 0-1 1 7 2 5 8 Stewart Stallings PG 18 0-3 0-0 0 1 3 1 0 Britt Quinonez PF 26 5-6 2-2 0 4 0 1 13 Casey Johnson SG 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 Turnovers: 22 (J.Fiske 1, M.Ide 4, H.Thompson 2, B.Radke 4, E.Williams 1, D.Lin 3, S.Stallings 5, B.Quinonez 2) Blocked Shots: 1 (J.Fiske 1) Steals: 6 (H.Thompson 1, E.Williams 2, D.Lin 1, S.Stallings 1, B.Quinonez 1) 3P FGs: 7-26 (J.Fiske 1-3, H.Thompson 1-3, B.Radke 2-8, E.Williams 2-5, D.Lin 0-3, S.Stallings 0-2, B.Quinonez 1-2) Villanova (8-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Immanuel Bahr C 22 2-5 1-2 4 11 1 4 5 Weston Wagner PF 24 3-7 0-0 2 5 4 2 7 Brian Cioffi SF 33 3-8 0-1 2 5 1 1 6 Tyson Lien SG 33 3-8 7-8 1 1 4 3 14 Nick O'Brien PG 33 6-10 0-0 2 4 4 3 14 John Cannon SF 21 8-12 7-10 1 2 1 0 27 Dan O'Halloran C 19 3-6 4-6 0 7 1 0 10 Forrest Curl PF 4 1-2 1-2 0 1 0 0 3 Asaad Richardson SF 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 Kai Smith PG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (I.Bahr 1, W.Wagner 2, B.Cioffi 2, T.Lien 2, N.O'Brien 3, J.Cannon 3) Blocked Shots: 0 Steals: 14 (I.Bahr 1, T.Lien 4, N.O'Brien 3, J.Cannon 5, D.O'Halloran 1) 3P FGs: 8-22 (I.Bahr 0-2, W.Wagner 1-3, T.Lien 1-4, N.O'Brien 2-4, J.Cannon 4-8, A.Richardson 0-1) Player of Game: SF John Cannon (VLNV)
The new Division I teams I created are slowly becoming more competitive. Their players are gradually getting better; now they have Orange and even Yellow players in their starting fives, and most of them have recruited players with promise.

I still use a game against one of the newbie teams as a chance to give some meaningful playing time to the reserves, but this year, the Blue Jays hang with our bench guys quite well. They can't handle John Cannon when he comes off the bench with guns blazing, and Dan O'Halloran pushes them around, but John and Dan have been schooling more seasoned players this fall, too.

Nick O'Brien demonstrates that things won't fall completely apart if he runs the point for us. And Tyson Lien continues to show us that he's more than Joe Lien's son.
Record: 8-0.


December 11, 2041
@#1 Villanova 88, William & Mary 46

The Tribe has no answer for Dan O'Halloran, who creates a 24-point, 15-rebound, 5-block, 3-steal masterpiece at Wawa Arena today. All four of those totals are career highs for the 6'10" sophomore.

First-year forward Asaad Richardson scores 25 points with 7 rebounds. John Cannon combines 15 points with 5 steals. Kai Smith contributes 7 points, 10 assists, and 4 steals. Altogether, the Wildcats steal the ball 18 times.

William & Mary shoot only 28 percent and miss all but 1 of their 13 threes.
Record: 9-0.
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@#1 Villanova 68, Penn State 54

We win this one with our defense, and by taking care of the basketball. The Nittany Lions try to slow the game down and do a good job of it, but we hold them to only 22 made baskets and win the turnover battle, 12-20.

Dan O'Halloran scores 17 points, grabs 10 rebounds, blocks 2 shots, and holds their center, Steven Butler, to a single point. John Cannon adds 13 points, and Kai Smith contributes 6 assists.
Record: 10-0.


December 18, 2041
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#1 Villanova 86, #3 Tennessee 78 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (11-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 36 10-19 4-4 4 9 2 3 24 Forrest Curl PF 33 2-6 1-2 1 7 2 2 5 Asaad Richardson SF 33 6-11 2-2 0 1 2 1 16 John Cannon SG 33 6-11 1-2 3 3 7 3 15 Kai Smith PG 35 5-8 3-4 0 0 12 3 14 Tyson Lien SG 15 3-4 0-0 0 0 1 0 9 Immanuel Bahr PF 10 1-1 0-0 0 2 0 2 3 Weston Wagner SF 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 Nick O'Brien PG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 13 (D.O'Halloran 4, A.Richardson 2, J.Cannon 3, K.Smith 4) Blocked Shots: 1 (I.Bahr 1) Steals: 10 (D.O'Halloran 1, A.Richardson 1, J.Cannon 4, K.Smith 4) 3P FGs: 9-20 (A.Richardson 2-6, J.Cannon 2-5, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 3-4, I.Bahr 1-1, W.Wagner 0-1) Tennessee (10-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Wayne Bradhold C 34 5-8 2-2 4 9 0 0 12 Dane Taylor PF 26 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 1 5 James Pierce SF 26 7-12 1-2 1 8 2 1 16 Ezra Duffey SG 27 6-11 3-3 2 3 4 4 18 Tim Jones PG 34 5-7 1-2 1 6 14 3 11 Lloyd Holloway SG 14 2-5 1-1 0 0 1 0 5 Leroy McClure SG 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 Ahmad Risinger SF 18 5-8 0-0 1 4 0 3 11 Thomas Ortega PF 14 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 2 0 Andrew King PF 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 24 (W.Bradhold 1, D.Taylor 1, J.Pierce 5, E.Duffey 6, T.Jones 4, L.Holloway 1, L.McClure 1, A.Risinger 3, T.Ortega 1, A.King 1) Blocked Shots: 6 (W.Bradhold 6) Steals: 7 (J.Pierce 3, T.Jones 3, L.McClure 1) 3P FGs: 6-17 (W.Bradhold 0-1, D.Taylor 1-1, J.Pierce 1-3, E.Duffey 3-6, T.Jones 0-1, L.Holloway 0-3, A.Risinger 1-2) Player of Game: PG Kai Smith (VLNV)
We travel to Knoxville for a marquee mid-week matchup with the powerful Vols. A national TV audience joins a big, raucous crowd at the Thompson-Boling Arena to watch an excellent game of college basketball, a contest between two unbeaten teams.

Veteran point guards Kai Smith and Tim Jones put on a clinic, combining for 25 points, 26 assists, and 7 steals. The two guards with common surnames rank second and fourth in the nation in assists, respectively.

This year's top freshman big man, Wayne Bradhold, clashes with this year's top sophomore big man, Dan O'Halloran. The younger buck, a natural four who is playing center in order to accommodate another star freshman, Dane Taylor, holds his own. Wayne's 6 blocked shots include two of Dan's.

We force the Vols into 24 turnovers, and that makes a big difference.
Record: 11-0.


December 22, 2041
@#1 Villanova 81, Creighton 61

Dan O'Halloran leads a group of five 'Cats in double figures with 20 points, as we end calendar year 2041 with a victory.

Dan finishes with 11 rebounds, and Immanuel Bahr (11p/10r) posts a double-double of his own. Kai Smith (8p/10a) comes close. John Cannon (14p/2s), Forrest Curl (10p/4r/2b/2s), and Asaad Richardson (10p/4a) also fill the scoresheet nicely.
Record: 12-0.
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@#1 Villanova 94, Lehigh 52

Lehigh has a good team this year. They enter the game at 9-3, with good wins over Rutgers and La Salle. We are more than the Mountain Hawks can handle, however, and we pull away in the second half and cruise home.

Dan O'Halloran puts up another double-double (23p/11r/4b), but Kai Smith wins the PotG (16p/8a/5s/1t). John Cannon (22p/5r), Forrest Curl (12r), and Weston Wagner (11 points in 9 minutes) also show their stuff.
Record: 13-0.


January 5, 2042
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#1 Villanova 90, #8 Lafayette 59 --------------------------------------------------------- Villanova (14-0, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Dan O'Halloran C 30 5-9 4-5 4 13 2 1 14 Forrest Curl PF 23 1-3 0-0 3 4 3 3 2 Asaad Richardson SF 25 6-9 4-4 0 1 2 0 21 John Cannon SG 29 5-10 4-4 0 0 3 3 17 Kai Smith PG 30 2-5 2-2 1 2 11 1 7 Israel Moody PF 28 4-13 7-8 0 2 0 3 15 Tyson Lien SG 14 2-3 2-2 0 1 0 1 7 Immanuel Bahr C 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Weston Wagner PF 5 1-1 1-1 0 3 0 0 3 Nick O'Brien PG 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 Turnovers: 9 (D.O'Halloran 1, J.Cannon 1, K.Smith 2, I.Moody 2, T.Lien 1, W.Wagner 1, N.O'Brien 1) Blocked Shots: 4 (D.O'Halloran 2, F.Curl 1, I.Moody 1) Steals: 11 (D.O'Halloran 1, A.Richardson 3, K.Smith 3, T.Lien 3, N.O'Brien 1) 3P FGs: 10-19 (A.Richardson 5-8, J.Cannon 3-6, K.Smith 1-3, T.Lien 1-2) Lafayette (13-1, 0-0): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Alton Resnick C 14 0-3 0-0 0 3 2 4 0 Mark Black PF 21 2-5 0-0 2 7 1 4 4 D. Lingenfelter SF 21 1-5 0-0 1 3 1 2 3 Dewayne Mazzola SG 28 3-7 5-7 1 2 2 2 12 Morris Smith PG 10 1-2 0-0 2 2 1 0 3 A. Middaugh PG 15 3-4 0-0 0 2 0 1 8 Anibal Falcon PG 24 2-7 2-2 2 2 3 3 6 Franklin Benites PF 19 5-7 4-6 1 5 0 1 14 Daniel Ream C 21 2-4 0-0 1 4 0 2 4 Thomas Brasher SF 18 0-4 0-0 2 3 1 3 0 Tyler Ardoin PG 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 Clark Granado SG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Carl Puma PF 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 Turnovers: 23 (A.Resnick 1, M.Black 2, D.Lingenfelter 1, D.Mazzola 4, M.Smith 3, A.Middaugh 3, A.Falcon 6, F.Benites 1, D.Ream 1, T.Ardoin 1) Blocked Shots: 3 (D.Lingenfelter 1, F.Benites 1, D.Ream 1) Steals: 6 (M.Black 1, D.Mazzola 1, F.Benites 1, T.Ardoin 3) 3P FGs: 6-17 (D.Lingenfelter 1-5, D.Mazzola 1-4, M.Smith 1-2, A.Middaugh 2-3, A.Falcon 0-1, T.Ardoin 1-2) Player of Game: SF Asaad Richardson (VLNV)
Look who's back! It's Israel Moody, returning to action with 15 points in a rout of the Leopards at the Kirby Center.

Graham Sims is always greeted warmly there; almost everyone at Lafayette--with the exception of the most obnoxious fools in the student section--understand Coach Sims' role in building the Lafayette basketball program. Here's the statistic that proves it best:

Lafayette Prestige in 2011 (Coach Sims arrives): 27
Lafayette Prestige in 2026 (Coach Sims leaves): 91
Lafayette Prestige in 2030 (all-time peak; last of Coach Sims' players): 95
Lafayette Prestige in 2042 (currently): 71


The Leopards continue to win with a roster of solid three-star recruits, occasionally fronted by a Top 100 player. This year's star is Morris Smith, who unfortunately gets hurt tonight and barely shows what he can do. He's a senior who has started 114 games for Lafayette, with over 1500 career points to his credit. Morris was a high four-star recruit as a high school senior.

Meanwhile, our 11 scholarship players include six five-star and four four-star recruits. We have more talent at our disposal, and tonight that makes a sizeable difference.
Record: 14-0.

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2041 Big East Conference Standings TEAM CW CL Pct W L Pct RPI Prestige -------------------------------------------------------------- #2 Georgetown 0 0 .000 15 0 1.000 3 99 #1 Villanova 0 0 .000 14 0 1.000 1 100 #10 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 10 3 .769 43 90 Seton Hall 0 0 .000 9 5 .643 82 52 Connecticut 0 0 .000 9 5 .643 104 73 Boston College 0 0 .000 9 4 .692 130 99 St. John's 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 20 70 Providence 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 222 67 Syracuse 0 0 .000 7 3 .700 144 74

Our two most traditional rivals--Georgetown and Pitt--share the top of the Big East table with us. It's going to be another spirited fight for the conference championship.

The return of Israel Moody gives me a wonderful problem: how to find playing time for all our deserving players! This quick look at our stats illustrates the situation well.
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#1 VILLANOVA Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan O'Halloran C 14 13 32.6 17.9 2.3 9.4 2.3 0.7 1.9 1.9 2.2 19.6 Kai Smith PG 14 13 29.1 10.9 0.8 1.7 8.9 2.9 0.1 1.8 2.4 21.9 Israel Moody SF 1 0 28.0 15.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 14.0 Asaad Richardson SF 14 13 27.2 15.0 0.8 2.7 2.5 1.3 0.4 1.3 1.9 18.9 Forrest Curl PF 14 13 26.7 5.1 1.9 6.2 1.9 0.8 1.2 0.9 2.4 17.1 John Cannon SG 14 13 26.1 16.6 1.3 2.2 2.7 1.9 0.1 1.5 3.1 19.6 Tyson Lien SG 14 1 20.6 9.6 0.9 1.9 2.0 1.2 0.1 0.6 1.3 9.6 Immanuel Bahr PF 14 1 15.5 4.2 1.3 4.9 0.4 0.4 0.7 1.1 1.9 8.6 Weston Wagner SF 14 1 8.6 4.4 0.3 1.8 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.9 0.8 4.3 Nick O'Brien PG 14 1 6.7 1.5 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.7 Brian Cioffi PF 12 1 5.8 1.3 0.4 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.4 2.2
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#1 VILLANOVA 30 Min Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dan O'Halloran C 14 13 30.0 16.5 2.1 8.6 2.1 0.7 1.7 1.8 2.0 18.1 Kai Smith PG 14 13 30.0 11.2 0.8 1.8 9.2 2.9 0.1 1.8 2.4 22.6 Israel Moody SF 1 0 30.0 16.1 0.0 2.1 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.1 3.2 15.0 Asaad Richardson SF 14 13 30.0 16.5 0.9 3.0 2.8 1.4 0.5 1.4 2.0 20.9 Forrest Curl PF 14 13 30.0 5.7 2.1 7.0 2.1 0.9 1.4 1.0 2.6 19.3 John Cannon SG 14 13 30.0 19.2 1.5 2.5 3.1 2.2 0.2 1.7 3.5 22.5 Tyson Lien SG 14 1 30.0 14.0 1.2 2.8 2.9 1.8 0.1 0.8 1.9 13.9 Immanuel Bahr PF 14 1 30.0 8.2 2.5 9.5 0.8 0.8 1.4 2.2 3.6 16.7 Weston Wagner SF 14 1 30.0 15.3 1.0 6.3 2.8 1.0 0.8 3.0 2.8 15.0 Nick O'Brien PG 14 1 30.0 6.7 1.3 3.5 3.2 1.6 0.0 4.5 2.2 3.2 Brian Cioffi PF 12 1 30.0 6.4 2.1 4.7 0.9 0.4 0.0 1.7 2.1 11.1
My original plan was to bring Asaad Richardson off the bench, and that still might be the way I go. Forrest Curl is not as dynamic an all-around player as the other starters, but an O'Halloran-Moody-Richardson-Cannon-Smith starting five relies exclusively on big Dan to provide rebounding, shot blocking, and interior defense. Forrest's classic big man skills might very well keep him in a starting role.
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