With NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay, CSN’s Jen Daniels sat down with Villanova basketball head coach, Jay Wright, to discuss former Wildcat, Will Sheridan, who did the same thing after his playing days were over.
While Sheridan came out to the public after his playing days, his teammates knew while they were on the court.
“We had that experience here with Will Sheridan,” Wright explained. “I was surprised, but I was [most] surprised that the guys knew. They knew all the time when they were playing with him.
“Whatever your sexual orientation is I don’t think has anything to do with whether [your teammates] respect you on a team because when you’re on a team what they care about is ‘Does this guy work hard every day with us and does this guy compete for us?’ With Will, that was paramount because he was a great competitor."
In four years at Villanova, Sheridan averaged 5.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 133 games.
“I remember when he called me to tell me he was going to do it (come out) and that was my first thought, ‘I’m proud of you man.’”
West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.
The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.
Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.
Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship.
West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.
The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.
Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.
Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.