CBB Summer Buzz: Villanova

After losing key upperclassmen, the young Wildcats will have room to shine

Updated: August 4, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine

Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms. We continue today with Villanova.

Villanova Wildcats

25-8 (NCAA tournament second round)

If anything, last season's Nova team suffered from a glut of talent. The rotation went 11 deep but, in the end, still couldn't come up with stops in the Big East tournament or find a way to shut down Omar Samhan's Saint Mary's team in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The logjam has cleared with the graduations of the program's second all-time scoring leader, Scottie Reynolds, and defensive stopper Reggie Redding. Rotation shooter Taylor King also bolted from the team this summer. While it's rare that a team loses an All-American, a starter and its sixth man and still projects as a top-five finisher in the Big East, even more surprising is that the challenge for these Wildcats is much the same as it was last season -- fitting this talented team together.

To read the summer preview of Villanova, including news on the incoming freshmen and new roles for returning upperclassmen, you must be an ESPN Insider. Plus, you can see outlooks from Joe Lunardi and Jay Bilas.