Villanova got some great news for its 2021-22 roster on Monday when seniors Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels announced they will return for another season. Although leading scorer Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has declared for the NBA Draft and signed with an agent, the returns of Gillespie and Samuels ensure the Wildcats will have an elite core of veterans.

Gillespie missed the final five games of the 2020-21 season with a torn ligament in his left knee, and the Wildcats struggled without him before conjuring up a couple of NCAA Tournament victories and bowing out with a loss to No. 1 seed Baylor in the Sweet 16. 

"Since my injury and over the last few months supporting my teammates from the sidelines, I have had much time to think about my future," Gillespie wrote. "I have received valuable feedback and have had many conversations with my family and he coaching staff allowing me to make a confident decision regarding this upcoming season.