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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman represented the Villanova Wildcats well on Thursday night after all three were selected in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
Malvern’s own Bridges had a whirlwind night, as he went from the jubilation of being the Philadelphia 76ers’ 10th overall pick to the real life realization of going to the Phoenix Suns in a trade for Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith.
Bridges goes from a winning and talented young core to a losing but talented even younger core, led by NBA sharpshooter Devon Booker.
Meanwhile, Bridges’ fellow Nova teammate Donte DiVincenzo, who was selected 17th overall, is headed to Milwaukee to play for a Bucks team that can make a deep playoff run next year with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way.
Rounding out the night as the 30th and last pick in the first, Omari Spellman landed with the Atlanta Hawks. The multifaceted big man will join former Sixers assistant and new Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, who will look to Spellman as he works to rebuild a franchise.
Jalen Brunson, who earn AP Player of the Year, went 33rd overall and he will be joining the Dallas Mavericks. The well-seasoned guard will have an opportunity to flourish as a strong contributor off the bench, behind this past year’s sensation at point guard Dennis Smith Jr.
This was a memorable night for Jay Wright and the Wildcats program.