Villanova Rumors & News

  • Villanova's 5-star recruit Omari Spellman ineligible to play as freshman "The NCAA has ruled that Villanova freshman forward Omari Spellman will not be eligible to compete for the Wildcats during the upcoming season, ruling his status to be as an academic redshirt. Villanova coach Jay Wright said the 6-foot-9 Spellman, a five-star recruit in high school, will retain..." September 23

  • Villanova earns 2017 commitment from four-star Jermaine Samuels

    City of Basketball Love "Villanova secured its second commitment of the 2017 class today, when four-star wing Jermaine Samuels announced his intentions to become a Wildcat just days after completing his official visit to the Main Line. A Massachusetts native who attends the Rivers School and plays AAU for Expressions..." August 27

  • NCAA issue sidelines Villanova freshman Omari Spellman for Spain trip

    The Score "Villanova's Omari Spellman, a five-star recruit, will not be allowed to play for the Wildcats when the team travels to Spain for a tour on Tuesday. Spellman is academically eligible and cleared to practice with the team, according to Dana O'Neil of ESPN. However, one of the issues has to do..." August 03

  • President Obama burned Charles Barkley during Villanova's White House visit

    Fox Sports "The Villanova men's basketball team visited the White House Tuesday to celebrate their 2016 national championship, which was won with one of the greatest shots in title game history. With 4.7 seconds remaining in a tie game against North Carolina, Villanova went the length of the court and guard..." June 01

  • Villanova’s Josh Hart will return for one more season

    SI "Villanova guard Josh Hart will return for his senior season, he announced Tuesday. Hart was an integral part of the Wildcats’ national championship team from last season. After spending two years on the bench, Hart moved to the starting lineup for his junior season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.8..." May 25

  • Villanova's Wright: Underclassmen should be allowed to hire agents

    SI "Villanova head coach Jay Wright would like for the rules to change so that underclassmen can retain agents as they determine whether or not they would like to stay in the NBA draft, ESPN's Andy Katz reports. “One of the things we've learned through this process is that [the player] needs an..." May 20

  • Villanova's Phil Booth out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    The Score "Villanova guard Phil Booth will miss the next six-to-eight weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday afternoon, the team announced Thursday. Booth is coming off a sophomore season in which he helped Villanova capture its first national championship since 1985. In..." May 05

  • Kris Jenkins announces he will return to Villanova

    NCAA "Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the 2016 National Basketball Association Draft and will return to the Wildcats for his senior season in 2016-17, it was announced Monday. “It was a great experience for me to go through this process,” stated Jenkins. “I’m looking..." May 03

  • N-G star Cosby-Roundtree commits to Villanova "Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 center at Neumann-Goretti, has committed to play for NCAA tournament champion Villanova. The 215-pound junior and his mother, Ayesha, visited Villanova on Thursday night. "They showed me that the school will be a home away from home for me," he said. "And I..." April 23

  • Kris Jenkins confirms he's returning to Villanova for senior season

    VU Hoops "Some excellent news to start your Friday, and a big H/T to reader Wildcat19 for unearthing this interview from the Big 5 banquet earlier in the week. Villanova Wildcats hero Kris Jenkins confirmed he will definitely be returning to the Main Line next season after deciding to go through the pre-NBA..." April 15

  • North Carolina fan starts petition to get national championship game overturned

    Larry Brown Sports "The NCAA Tournament national championship game may have taken place on Monday, but North Carolina fans still are not over the loss days later. In fact, one started a petition to try getting the championship game overturned on account of the referees. Here is the mission for the petition, which..." April 09

  • Jay Wright: 'I plan to stay at Villanova'

    ESPN "Villanova coach Jay Wright said he doesn't intend to leave the school for an NBA job, but the national-championship-winning coach also said he is cautious to never say never. In an exclusive interview with, Wright said that despite speculation to the contrary, he has not been offered..." April 08

  • Phoenix Suns targeting Villanova's Jay Wright for head coaching job

    VU Hoops "This isn't the first time in recent years we've heard Wright associated with open head coaching jobs, with both high-major colleges and the Philadelphia 76ers routinely being interested in him. That part is totally fine. He's one of the best coaches in the college game and fresh off a National..." April 07

  • Villanova's Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins to test NBA draft waters

    The Score "Riding high after a thrilling national championship victory, two of Villanova's top players are set to test their NBA draft stocks. Guard Josh Hart and forward Kris Jenkins revealed Wednesday that they'll declare for the draft. Neither player will hire an agent, allowing them both to withdraw..." April 07

  • Geraldo Rivera Thinks Villanova Beat The Carolina Panthers In National Championship

    Daily Snark "Geraldo Rivera is an well known and very good attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host. One thing he is not so good at? Tweeting. Late Monday night, while likely intoxicated, Rivera sent out this tweet, stating that the Carolina Panthers (yes the NFL team) didn’t “lose” the NCAA Men’s..." April 05

  • Nova: Final Play never works in Practice

    USA Today "Bewildered and buried in confetti, Ryan Arcidiacono looked every which way for one particular person. “Where’s Coach?” he asked, to no one and everyone at the same time. Someone pointed over Arcidiacono’s right shoulder, at the man in the navy pinstriped suit. The two locked eyes. “Coach,..." April 05

  • Has Jay Wright earned an NBA call-up?

    ESPN "Brad Stevens left in 2013 and has turned into the NBA's golden boy. Billy Donovan and Fred Hoiberg didn't pass up on opportunities a year ago. Could Jay Wright be next? Villanova's coach was always believed to be a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers gig following his first Final Four..." April 05

  • Villanova rides buzzer-beater to national title

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It might be April, but March Madness prevailed to the very last second of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova junior guard Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Wildcats to a thrilling 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the national championship game Monday night at..." April 04

  • Jay Wright faces choice on NBA again "The last time Jay Wright led Villanova to the Final Four, it took less than two months after that national semifinal loss to North Carolina for an NBA team to tempt him with the opportunity to become a head coach. The year was 2009. The team was the 76ers. Their president at the time was Ed..." April 04

  • Jay Wright Named 2016 Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year

    Bleacher Report "Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright has had a pretty good weekend. First, his team advanced to the national championship on Saturday. On Sunday, he won the Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, per Ryan Aber of the Oklahoman. " April 03

  • UNC opens as 2-point favorite vs. Villanova at multiple sportsbooks

    ESPN "North Carolina opened as a small favorite over Villanova in Monday's national championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Tar Heels were installed as consensus two-point favorites over the Wildcats at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. Sportsbook operator CG Technology opened North Carolina..." April 03

  • Villanova annihilates Oklahoma to reach title game

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Villanova flipped the script by slapping Oklahoma with the biggest blowout in the history of the Final Four. Guard Josh Hart scored 23 points, leading the Wildcats' 71.4 percent shooting from the field in a 95-51 rout of the Sooners in an NCAA Tournament semifinal on Saturday..." April 02