In an ongoing state of unknown in college basketball, Jay Wright just keeps winning. The NCAA announced in the fall that all winter student-athletes would automatically receive another year of eligibility because of the pandemic, and Villanova has taken full advantage.
Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels took to social media on Monday night to announce their decisions to return to Villanova next season for super senior seasons. And with those pledges, the Wildcats are back in the national championship conversation.
“We definitely had plenty of conversations about it,” Samuels said. “We were supposed to do it at the exact same time, but then I got distracted with a text message and I was about three minutes late.”
The planned joint announcement shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Gillespie and Samuels arrived at Villanova together as freshmen in 2017. They were roommates on campus at one point. And since then they’ve done almost everything together, Gillespie says. However, the suddenness of it all caught many off guard. Wright recently said that Gillespie and Samuels’ decisions would be “dragged out” into the summer with so much uncertainty surrounding the NBA Draft process. But Gillespie said he and Samuels were ready to make the announcement. They just wanted to get the timing right.