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Monday / October 21.
  • Villanova’s Bryan Antoine could redshirt this season

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK — Villanova freshman Bryan Antoine could redshirt his freshman season after undergoing right shoulder surgery on May 31 for a torn labrum.

    “It’s always a possibility,” Villanova coach Jay Wright told me at Big East Media Day at Madison Square Garden. “We’ve gotta get through his rehab first.”

    The 6-foot-5 Antoine helped lead the Ranney School (N.J.) to a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title last season despite playing with a torn labrum.

    “He didn’t get diagnosed with a torn labrum until he got to Villanova,” Wright said. “He played with it and then got to Villanova but didn’t have the surgery until June. So its reconstructive shoulder surgery. We gotta see how the rehab goes, and it’s going well, but then we’ve got to get him back on the court and see how much this layoff has affected him. so we have a long way to go.”

    Wright estimated that Antoine won’t practice until at least November.

    Villanova plays Big 5 opponents La Salle, Penn and St. Joe’s Dec. 1, 4 and 7 before facing Delaware (Dec. 14) in Newark and Kansas Dec. 21 at Wells Fargo Center. It’s possible Antoine won’t play until at least the New Year, if he plays at all.

    “We probably won’t get him back to practice until mid-late November,” Wright said. “Then we gotta see how does. You don’t know how he picks things up. Our other freshman have picked things up. He just can’t do anything.”

    Villanova was picked second in the Big East behind Seton Hall, and fellow freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl was named Big East Freshman of the Year.

    Antoine had been a projected firstround pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, per ESPN.com, but is not currently projected to be drafted next year, while his former teammate Scottie Lewis, a freshman at Florida, is a projected Top 10 pick.

    Antoine finished as the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer. He was listed at No. 15 in the ESPN.com ranking of the class of 2019 prospects and at No. 16 in the 247 Sports Top 100.

    Big East coaches were worried about how to defend the high-flying Antoine, who can be unstoppable in the open court and can also shoot from distance,

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.