Philly guards spend weekend at Chris Paul's camp

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Philly guards spend weekend at Chris Paul's camp

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Posted: 1 p.m.

By Ryan Feldman
CSNPhilly.com Contributor

This weekend, three of the best Philly players in college basketball got a first-hand look at what it takes to become an NBA all-star.

Syracuse senior Scoop Jardine, Wake Forest sophomore Tony Chennault and Bucknell sophomore Cameron Ayers were all chosen to participate in this weekends CP3 Elite Guard Camp, in Winston Salem, N.C., hosted by Chris Paul.

Only 17 college players were invited, and three of them were from Philly. Jardine and Chennault both played at Neumann-Goretti High School, while Ayers attended Germantown Academy.

Its great, Jardine said. You got some of the best point guards in the country that youre competing against every year. And you got the best point guard in the NBA teaching you. Ive built a good relationship with Chris Paul and hes helped me throughout my college career, so its an honor.

Among the other college players at the camp were North Carolinas Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall, Dukes Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins, Wisconsins Jordan Taylor, Floridas Kenny Boynton, Syracuses Brandon Triche and Memphiss Will Barton.

The players learned drills and tricks from Paul to improve their ball-handling, shooting and decision-making.

While at the camp, the players also had an opportunity to pick Pauls brain and get to know the New Orleans Hornets' point guard on a personal level.

I asked him little things about the game, about different things to become a better basketball player, Chennault said. Its kind of cool because hes an NBA All-Star and hes at the camp all day and its 24-hour access while were at the camp.

Chennault and Ayers are both coming off their freshman campaigns. Chennault had a sub-par year, averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 assists in 15 games during an injury-plagued season. He sat out for more than two months with a broken foot. Wake Forest struggled and was just 1-14 with Chennault in the lineup.

Ayers averaged 7.5 points and 1.4 assists per game as a freshman. The 6-foot-5 guard will likely take over at point guard for Bucknell in the fall.

It was definitely an honor to come out here and learn from one of the best point guards in the league and the world, Ayers said. I was really excited. I knew this was a great chance to put a small school like Bucknell on the map, and fine-tune my game and work on the areas of my game that I need to work on.

Jardine, a fifth-year senior, also attended the CP3 Elite Guard Camp last summer. He used what he learned in June 2010 to improve his game as a junior and he hopes to do the same once again this year.

The thing I learned most last year was about being consistent and paying attention to detail, Jardine said. I have to lead by example and be a vocal leader.

Jardine averaged 12.5 points and 5.9 assists per game as a junior. Syracuse lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament to Marquette, but in the fall the Orange will likely be a pre-season top-five team.

This year Im staying consistent about working on my body, Jardine said. Im going to be staying in shape at all times during the year and working on my jump shot. Im staying busy and staying in shape and working on my game with whatever Im doing.

Jardine has one more year of college left before he takes the next step and becomes a professional basketball player. For Chennault and Ayers, they have plenty of time to improve.

Philly basketball is great, Ayers said. It definitely shows how talented Philly is basketball-wise. It shows how good Philly is and how well we can compete.

Ryan Feldman covers college basketball and the NBA Draft for his website, TheHoopsReport.com. He can be reached at rfeldman@thehoopsreport.com.

Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

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Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

Delaware has its new head basketball coach in Martin Ingelsby.

Ingelsby, a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, comes from Notre Dame, where he played from 1997-2001 and coached for 13 seasons, seven as an assistant.

Ingelsby played his high school ball at Archbishop Carroll and is the son of Tom Ingelsby, who played for Villanova from 1970-73.

Delaware is coming off a 7-23 season and 2-16 mark in CAA play, which led to the firing of head coach Monte Ross.

The Blue Hens, who announced the hire Tuesday, will formally introduce Ingelsby in a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bob Carpenter Center Auditorium.

Josh Hart returning to Villanova for senior season

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Josh Hart returning to Villanova for senior season

Villanova’s chances at repeating as national champions just got much better.

Josh Hart is returning for his senior season.

The Wildcats’ leading scorer from last season’s title-winning team tweeted this Tuesday night:

Shortly after, Villanova officially announced the news.

Hart was in the midst of going through the NBA draft process, attending the combine in Chicago and working out for teams. By not hiring an agent, he was able to test the waters without jeopardizing his final year of college eligibility. Hart had until Wednesday to make a decision, which is coming back to the defending champs.

“I enjoyed the process and learned a lot,” Hart said in a statement released by the school. “It was definitely worthwhile. I look forward to graduating next year and coming back to play with my teammates.”

As a junior, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field. He put up 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in Villanova’s 95-51 Final Four win over Oklahoma, before following it up with 12 points and eight rebounds in the national title game in which the Wildcats thrillingly won at the buzzer, 77-74, on a Kris Jenkins three-pointer.

Hart and Jenkins, the team’s two leading scorers, return along with key pieces Jalen Brunson (9.6 ppg), Phil Booth (7.0 ppg), Mikal Bridges (6.4 ppg) and Darryl Reynolds (4.5 rpg).

“Josh Hart did a great job in this process,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “I’m really proud of the way that he showed himself. I am really happy for him that he is returning to play with his classmates and that he will graduate on time.” 

National champion Villanova to be honored at White House next week

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National champion Villanova to be honored at White House next week

It's been nearly two months since Villanova won the National Championship in one of the most memorable games in NCAA Tournament history.

Since then, the Wildcats have been honored by the city (parade), the New York Stock Exchange (opening bell), the Phillies (first pitch), the Flyers and the Union. Earlier this week, head coach Jay Wright addressed the Eagles.

But that will all pale in comparison to where the Wildcats will be next Tuesday, when they become the latest championship team to visit the White House and meet President Barack Obama.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m. and will be streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

In his pool, President Obama had Villanova finally advancing past the second round — "I know that eventually they're going to break through. They've had some bad luck over the last couple of years," Obama told ESPN.com — but had the Wildcats falling to Kansas in the regional semifinal.

He then had Kansas beating North Carolina to win the title.

After surviving the first weekend for the first time since their Final Four run in 2009, Villanova ousted Kansas, 64-59, before shocking Buddy Hield and Oklahoma in the national semifinal, winning by 44. The Wildcats then won one of the most memorable championship games in NCAA Tournament history when Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Tar Heels, 77-74.