By Harry Allison
It’s only been 22 days since Villanova knocked off Michigan for its second national championship in three years.
And, while the dust has settled on the title and the parade, there is reason to be worried about Jay Wright’s Cats for 2018-19:
Nova is the most vulnerable program within the top 10. Mikal Bridges’ decision to enter the draft did not surprise anyone. And Jalen Brunson, the Wooden Award winner, is cashing in and turning pro, too.
But Donte DiVincenzo (above) and Omari Spellman could start the season as preseason All-Americans. If they come back. Both announced their decisions to enter the draft last week without hiring agents.
With Spellman, DiVincenzo (most outstanding player in the Final Four), Eric Paschall, Phil Booth and five-star freshman Jahvon Quinerly, the Wildcats would have a solid argument for the No. 1 spot on the board.
Both DiVincenzo and Spellman, however, could sneak into the first round and make guaranteed money. Might be too much to pass up.
Wright’s shot at three titles in four years — something we haven’t witnessed since UCLA achieved the feat in the mid-’70s — depends on the return of two talented prospects coming off a successful NCAA tournament.