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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Villanova’s Bryan Antoine cleared to practice

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Villanova freshman Bryan Antoine was cleared by doctors on Wednesday to begin practice Thursday, head coach Jay Wright said by text.

    The 6-foot-5 Antoine underwent right shoulder surgery on May 31 for a torn labrum.

    “We are going to monitor him closely with load management,” Wright said. “We do not have any definite time on his return to game action. We won’t consider evaluating that possibility until after Thanksgiving.”

    At Big East Media Day last month, Wright said there was a “possibility” Antoine could redshirt, but Antoine later told fans at a Villanova event he had no intention of doing so.

    Villanova (1-0) opened its season with a blowout win over Army and next plays at Ohio State on Wednesday. They open Big East play Dec. 30 vs. Xavier.

    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 at Media Day. “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.”

    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.