Score: Villanova 88, Bloomsburg 41
Player of the Game: Corey Stokes, 18 pts 10 reb
Recap: Tonight I went to Villanova's exhibition game versus Bloomsburg at the Wachovia Center in Philly. Nova won easily 88-41. Scottie Reynolds picked up where he left off las season with 17 points and 8 assists. But most impressive was freshman Corey Stokes. He led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. Redshirt freshman Antonio Pena had a solid game with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Corey Fisher and Shane Clark didn't suit up for the game. I guess they were injured, but hopefully it's nothing serious and they will be able to play Friday in the season opener against Stony Brook. Casiem Drummond looked improved. Hopefully he can provide an inside presence this year. Reggie Redding had a good game all around adding 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. The other freshman Malcolm Grant had a good showing as well. I'm optimistic about this season. It's a very young team, but very talented. They lost some key players in Curtis Sumpter, Mike Nardi, and Will Sheridan, but added three great freshman guards (Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Malcolm Grant) and two redshirt freshman forwards (Antonio Pena and Andrew Ott). Last years team lacked depth at the guard position and scoring, and each of those areas have been upgraded. The only area of concern is the frontcourt, but if Casiem Drummond and Antonio Pena can step up and help Dante Cunningham, this team will be successful.