CBB Analyst: I’m Taking Brandon Ingram First

You know how this works: When you win a national championship as a college coach, NBA folks usually come calling. So in the case of Jay Wright, does he want to stay at Villanova and try to become a program staple like Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, or will he dip his toe in the professional ranks?

“Well, put it this way: We worked together at Villanova as assistants, so I’ve known him for a long time,” CBS Sports Network college basketball analyst Steve Lappas said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “In my opinion, I don’t think he’s going anywhere. It doesn’t mean that that’s going to happen. If you ask me to guess, that’s what I would guess. Now obviously if people start throwing huge money at him and things like that, (it could change). But I think he really loves where he is, and I think that his goal now is to win another one and to prove that this was not just a one-time fluke, to be in the hunt on a regular basis. So I think that’s where his mind is, but I can’t say never and I can’t read his mind and I don’t know who’s going to be coming at him. But that’s how I feel about it.”

Roy Williams, meanwhile, is already one of the greatest coaches of all time, but he missed out on a golden opportunity to win his third national title. Credit Williams and his players for coming back from a late 10-point deficit in the national championship, but the Tar Heels’ last defensive possession left much to be desired.

“Here’s what I think was wrong with the last 4.7 seconds,” Lappas said. “No. 1, I would have put somebody on the ball. If you recall, North Carolina was giving Villanova all kinds of problems getting the ball in-bounds. A couple times, Villanova had to throw the ball 70 feet into the backcourt. They were having trouble getting the ball in-bounds during the course of the game, so I would have put somebody on the ball to start. Plus, the guy taking the ball out was Kris Jenkins. If you watch the tape, nobody has Kris Jenkins. There was a massive miscommunication by North Carolina. . . . Brice Johnson is guarding no one. He’s standing under the basket. They didn’t know who they had. Nobody had Kris Jenkins. It was bizarre that nobody had Kris Jenkins. Now, give Villanova credit. Great execution and all that, but defensively after a timeout, for everybody not to know exactly who they have – that was not good.”

Looking ahead to this year’s NBA Draft, the No. 1 overall pick appears to be a two-man race between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. For Lappas, however, the race has already been decided.

“I’m taking Brandon Ingram,” he said. “There’s people still debating it, and I understand that. But if you ask me who I’m taking, I’m taking Brandon Ingram. That kid shows a multitude of skills, he could be a pint guard, he’s 6-9, he makes threes, he can drive and he puts it on the ground. I think he is a much better all-around player than Ben Simmons.”

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