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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.