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Former Villanova stars trash national radio host for bad tweet

Former Villanova stars trash national radio host for bad tweet

What is the upside to a tweet like this?

Villanova wins the national championship game, kids are in a state of euphoria, but you gotta fire out this hot take, right, Doug Gottlieb?

Gottlieb has been a national radio host for years with a focus on college basketball. After a nice career at Oklahoma State, he played overseas then went into broadcasting. 

Like many in this field, he's morphed over the years into a loudmouth troll with a Twitter account.

His tweet last night was not received well by a few recent Villanova stars.

A little background.

Rick Brunson, Jalen's dad, is a Temple alum and former NBA point guard. In 2014, Rick was charged with sexually abusing a massage therapist. He was later acquitted but not before it cost him a job at his alma mater.

When Rick was set to be employed by Temple, the widespread belief was that his son Jalen would eventually play for the Owls. Instead, Jalen went to Villanova and already has one of the most accomplished college resumes of any point guard ever.

As for Jenkins bringing up Gottlieb's past, he's referring to a 1996 incident in which Gottlieb, then at Notre Dame, was charged with stealing other students' credit cards. He was kicked off of the team.

He has enough money these days to not have to steal credit cards, so now he's just sending out bad tweets.

Donte DiVincenzo latest Villanova player to declare for NBA draft

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Donte DiVincenzo latest Villanova player to declare for NBA draft

Another Villanova star is moving on ... maybe.

Donte DiVincenzo has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, meaning he can test the draft waters but will maintain his college eligibility should he chose to return to school. 

The redshirt sophomore was voted the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player after scoring a career-high 31 points in Villanova' national title win over Michigan. 

“Donte has consistently improved in his time at Villanova through dedication and a commitment to our core values,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “His play this season has created a unique opportunity for him to receive feedback from NBA teams in the draft process. We support Donte fully and our staff will work together with him and his family to help him assess the next step in his basketball career.”

DiVincenzo averaged 13.4 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. His numbers jumped to 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists 54.7 percent shooting during the NCAA Tournament.

He must decide by May 30 if he will enter the draft or return to school.

DiVincenzo is the latest Wildcat to declare for the draft, as the mass exodus of stars continues for Villanova.

Mikael Bridges and Jalen Brunson have declared and hired agents, marking the end of their collegiate careers, while redshirt freshman Omari Spellman will also test the waters.

On the bright side, Phil Booth and Eric Paschall announced they will both return for next season.

Omari Spellman enters name in draft, but doesn't hire agent

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Omari Spellman enters name in draft, but doesn't hire agent

Villanova might be losing yet another star player. 

This time, redshirt freshman Omari Spellman is entering his name for the 2018 NBA draft process. But unlike Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, Spellman won’t hire an agent. That’s an important distinction. 

Basically, this will allow Spellman to test the waters of the draft with the option of pulling his name and returning to Villanova for another season. He would need to withdraw from the draft by May 30 to maintain his eligibility. 

“Omari’s intelligence and willingness to be coached allowed him to make great strides last season,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “His development as a complete Villanova Basketball player was instrumental to our team’s success. We look forward to working together with Omari and his family in the coming weeks as they go through the process of evaluating the next step in his basketball career.”

During the 2017-18 season, Spellman was the Big East and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. He started all but one game during the season, averaging 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds. He also led the Wildcats with 59 blocked shots. In addition to his big-man skills — Spellman is 6-9, 245 — he also hit over 43 percent of his shots from three. 

While we’ve heard from Spellman, Brunson and Bridges, still no word from Donte DiVincenzo or Eric Paschall about their future. The deadline for early entry to the draft is at 11:59 p.m. on April 22.