Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds said yesterday that he has been invited to USA Basketball tryouts this summer.
The freshman and Big East Conference rookie of the year said he was honored by the opportunity. The under-19 world championships will be held July 12-22 in Serbia.
"I'm kind of proud," said Reynolds, who won the team's Paul Arizin Award last night during the team banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia. "People see that I'm putting in the work."
The team's soon-to-be graduates are busy plotting their futures as well.
Forward Curtis Sumpter, a fifth-year senior, selected agent Bo Duffy and plans to attend the NBA predraft camp in Orlando, Fla., then schedule workouts with teams.
Sumpter, who said his health is better than ever, is facing the June 28 draft without feeling the pressure.
"I'm not worried or putting pressure on myself to go in the first round," he said. "I just want to get a job playing the game I love."
Sumpter led the Wildcats last season by averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was named the team's most outstanding player last night.
"My game is improving," he said.
Two Villanova workhorses, guard Mike Nardi and forward Will Sheridan, are awaiting word on their basketball futures. They shared the Villanova Basketball Award last night.
Nardi hired Italian agent Massimo Rizzo and said he has heard "good things" about his prospects in the NBA.
He expects to learn in a week or so about his pending application for dual citizenship in Italy, where his grandparents are from. Nardi is open to playing overseas but hopes to work out for NBA teams after the draft.
Sheridan is deciding between two agents and is eager to try out for NBA teams after the draft.
"Basketball is still a priority in my life," he said.
Sophomore forward Dante Cunningham received the Jake Nevin Award for selflessness last night. Walk-on senior Ross Condon won the Alexander Severance Award for dedication.
Run planned. Villanova will host a 5-kilometer charity run at 10 a.m. Saturday to benefit Each One Counts, a foundation that assists terminally ill children. The man behind it is Brian Harrington, a member of the 1985 championship team.