Jay Wright Rumors
You mentioned Jay Wright, who is one of the most respected college coaches in the country. What do you think he did to help make you NBA-ready? Saddiq Bey: He really emphasizes skill development and being a complete player, from our point guards to our big men. He has our point guards going into the paint and the post and back their men down. He has our big men play off the dribble. He taught everybody to not be type-casted by our position. He has been great at that. He stresses playing hard, too, and being coachable and also be the best man you can be off the court. That is what he does really well. He focuses on the details. It was an honor and a blessing to be able to play for him.
Adam Zagoria: Jay Wright says it’s ’embarrassing’ and ‘humbling’ to be linked to NBA jobs. ‘You just hope everything works out. It has for the Knicks, it will for the Sixers and it will for Villanova.’
CBS Sports college basketball experts Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander, Kyle Boone and David Cobb weighed in on who could be the next college coach to move to the pros, and Parrish made the biggest splash. “The next college coach to jump to the NBA could obviously be Villanova’s Jay Wright, who is reportedly a candidate right now for the 76ers job,” Parrish wrote. “Will it be offered to him? I’m not sure. And would he take it if offered? Again, I’m not sure. But, for these purposes, for one reason or another, I’m going to assume Wright stays at Villanova. So my guess for the next college coach to move to the NBA is … Kansas’ Bill Self.
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