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01 April 2009


Wayns, Cheek play McDonald's A.A. game tonight

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
4/01/2009 06:10:00 PM
Even though the 2009 season is gloriously still ongoing for Villanova, Wildcat fans can get a sneak peak at two of the team's best incoming players for next season in the annual McDonald's high school all-American game tonight.

Guards Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, both Villanova commitments, will play together on the East squad.

The game airs live tonight at 8 p.m. from the University of Miami, and will be broadcast nationwide by ESPN.

Wayns and Cheek join fellow high-school stars Dexter Strickland, Lance Stephenson, Kenny Boynton, and Derrick Favors to face the all-stars from the West.

Memphis recruit DeMarcus Cousins, whose matriculation might now be in jeopardy with John Calipari leaving for Kentucky, is also a member of the East squad.

The West team is led by Memphis-signee Xavier Henry, generally considered the top player in the country. The North-Carolina bound Wear brothers, David and Travis, are also on the West team.

The official site uses annoying-as-hell Flash, horrible music, and (no joke!) floating cartoon bubbles spewing Dick Vitale's voice on every page, so here is a screenshot of the rosters, for your sanity:



Wayns and Cheek will join forwards Mouph Yarou, Isaiah Armwood, and Taylor King as Villanova's fab five in 2009-2010.

With the possible dissolution of Memphis's unheard-of-good recruiting class (Cousins, Henry, and likely John Wall), Villanova's four freshmen might be the very best class in the nation next season.

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14 Comments:

At 6:37 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

should be a great game... I think the east team is going to dominate.

 
At 7:16 PM, April 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

armwood

 
At 7:24 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

haha.. nice catch... at least I didn't write Taylor Swift.

 
At 7:29 PM, April 01, 2009, Anonymous VUhoops.com said...

Technically, Cheek isn't a signee yet

 
At 7:48 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

thanks... am just full of errors today

 
At 8:14 PM, April 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

only two plays in, and wayns looks great

 
At 8:16 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Wayns takes a seat with 3 pts, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 4.5 mins... kid can play!

 
At 8:18 PM, April 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayns is better then Cory Fisher!!!

 
At 8:28 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Brendan said...

We'll see if the Nova recruits can find the right basket tonight.

 
At 8:36 PM, April 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it online anywhere?

 
At 9:36 PM, April 01, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Cheek is looking just as good, if not better.

It's going to be interesting next year with the backlog we have at guard. Cheek and Wayns can both show up and start on day one pretty much anywhere in the Big East.

With Anderson, Clark, and Dante leaving, it creates opportunities for our bigger guards like Redding, Stokes, and Cheek to play some time at the small forward. With Wayns, Fisher, and Reynolds, we will need to have more than one position available for the three of those guys -- no way they can all split 40 minutes.

 
At 9:49 AM, April 02, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"With Anderson, Clark, and Dante leaving, it creates opportunities for our bigger guards like Redding, Stokes, and Cheek to play some time at the small forward."

That's already happening this year to some extent; it is bound to intesify next year. As much as I get on Pete for his obsession with small lineups, it will be fine - afterall, this year's other 3, Anderson, is really a big guard himself, not much bigger than Stokes or Redding.

The real wild card is King. Reynolds/Fisher/Stokes/Redding?cheek/Wayns at the 1, 2, 3 is already going to be kind of tight for playing time. Yet King (assuming he shows up in shape and has gotten or gets with Wright's defense first program) is going to play, and play a LOT. But where? My bet is that Pete will be very happy with the solution - King gets most of his PT at the 4. Honestly that almost HAS to happen, unless Pena makes dramatic strides, and even then there will be minutes available at the 4 (I'm assuming Armwood redshirts, a reasonable assumption from what I have heard).

 
At 10:24 AM, April 02, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be clear, I have some concerns about King at the 4, but what are the options? Pena, I guess, but aside from the fact that he seems to be going backwards in terms of development, he can't play 40 minutes a game. Yarou is the 5, backed up by Sutton (with Pena maybe even playing there a bit, depending upon how quickly Yarou and Sutton develop). And everything I read about Armwood suggests that, while he has loads of potential, he will not be ready for significant PT next year.

And if he is in shape and plays any kind of D, King really has to get at least 20 minutes a game. As good as Stokes is at shooting 3s, King is in a while nother league.

 
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