By Harry Allison
Villanova doesn’t start hoops practice until next Tuesday but star freshman Bryan Antoine (No. 1 above) won’t be ready.
And redshirting remains a “possibility.”
Antoine underwent right shoulder surgery at the end of May and has yet to practice with the team.
“He hasn’t touched a basketball since his last high school game,” coach Jay Wright said at Big East media day. “He still hasn’t practiced. It’s going to be tough for him to make an impact early.”
Seton Hall is atop the Big East preseason conference poll, ending Villanova’s five-year run as the favorite.
Wright said Antoine would likely begin practicing in mid-to-late November and then the team would gauge his progress from that point.
Antoine suffered the injury in high school, but it wasn’t diagnosed as a torn labrum until he enrolled at Villanova and was examined by doctors. Wright said the option of Antoine redshirting his freshman season will depend on his rehab.
“It’s always a possibility,” Wright said. “We have to get through his rehab first. … We have to see how the rehab goes, then get him back on the court and see how much this layoff has affected him.”
Antoine, a 6-5 shooting guard, was a five-star prospect in the 2019 class and earned McDonald’s All American honors. He was expected to push for a starting spot this season and help replace senior stalwarts Phil Booth and Eric Paschall.