The four former Wildcats that were selected in the draft weren’t highly-touted NBA prospects before the season, but their team play and unselfishness during their successful campaign led to a rise in their draft stock.
So three Villanova guys have gone in the 1st round — and National Player of the Year Jalen Brunson is not among them. Someone’s gonna get a 10-year pro at PG. pic.twitter.com/v57tNpE5xK— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 22, 2018
“What [the NBA guys] really liked about them was, they saw how talented they were, and then they looked back at how they played during the season and said,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said on ESPN Thursday morning. ‘These guys were unselfish, they played defense, they were hungry, and they really wanted to win.”Brunson, who is projected by many to be a solid backup option at the point, will join Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews in the Mavericks’ backcourt.