Back in 2010, Villanova forward JayVaughn Pinkston was involved in an altercation at an off-campus party in which he was accused of assault. After multiple postponements of his case, Pinkston, a first-time offender, was able to get into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).
Assistant District Attorney Lindsay O’Brien alleged Pinkston, 23, also has failed to pay $7,445 in restitution and court costs of $3,831 for a total of $11,276, according to court documents.
If a judge revokes Pinkston’s ARD sentence, he could be forced to stand trial on the original charges of simple assault and harassment in connection with his alleged assault of another man during a November 2010 altercation that reportedly involved two other Villanova students at an off-campus party in Upper Merion.
If removed from the program, Pinkston could face trial, where he is charged with simple assault and two counts of summary harassment (which is typically attached to a simple assault charge). Simple assault carries a two-year sentence.
“We’re going to explain to the court that $11,000 in restitution for a college student is not realistic. We’re going to ask the court for more time to pay it and he graduates this year and hopefully he’ll have a professional basketball career with the NBA or somewhere else and then it should not be an issue,” said Pinkston’s attorney James D .Famiglio, who also claims Pinkston’s community service has been completed, but not all of it had not been reported.
Pinkston was suspended for the entire 2010-11 season, needing to be readmitted to the school that summer. He went on to led the Wildcats in scoring during 2012-13 season, and has now led Villanova to back-to-back 26-win seasons.
The sixth-ranked Wildcats take on Xavier in Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.
Picked to finish seventh in the Big East preseason poll, No. 18 Butler entered Saturday’s game against No. 6 Villanova just a game out of first place in the conference standings. And having lost the first meeting between the two teams, this was a game Chris Holtmann’s team had to have if they were to make a run at the Big East regular season title.
Unfortunately for Butler, Villanova senior guard Darrun Hilliard had other ideas. Hilliard hit eight three-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points, with his final three coming with 1.5 seconds left in the game. That shot was the difference as Villanova won 68-65 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, opening up a two-game lead in the Big East.
And with the head-to-head tiebreaker they hold on Butler, Villanova’s chances of winning a second consecutive Big East regular season title are very good at this point.
Hilliard’s game-winner came as a result of some miscommunication on the part of two Butler defenders, who both went with Ryan Arcidiacono after originally trapping Hilliard. Arcidiacono, who did not score in the game, passed the ball back to a wide-open Hilliard on the right wing. And as he’d done on many occasions Saturday, Hilliard calmly knocked down the shot.
One line that’s been said about Jay Wright’s team this season is that they don’t have a bonafide “star,” with their balance being Villanova’s greatest strength as six players entered Saturday’s game averaging between 9.1 and 13.4 points per game. But on an afternoon that saw Arcidiacono go scoreless and Daniel Ochefu score just two points, Hilliard was the star that some have claimed Villanova lacks with JayVaughn Pinkston adding 12 points and seven rebounds.
Does Villanova have that one headliner whose name will be said repeatedly on highlight shows and discussed as a national Player of the Year candidate? Probably not. But what Villanova does have is multiple players capable of stepping up when the moment demands that they do. Saturday night it was Darrun Hilliard’s turn, and thanks to him the Wildcats are well on their way to a second consecutive Big East regular season title.
Weekly Awards: Marquette’s new addition, a shakeup in Pac-12’s power structure ?
Marquette may have found their season’s savior. Through the first eight games of the year, the Golden Eagles were 4-4, having lost to Nebraska-Omaha at home, barely hung on to beat NJIT and got pushed around by Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. That was before Deonte Burton transferred out of the program. It looked pretty safe to say that Steve Wojciechowski’s first season in Milwaukee would be full-on rebuilding mode. It was bad enough that I had started just ignoring Marquette games when they popped up on the channel guide.
And then Luke Fischer got eligible.
The 6-foot-11 transfer from Indiana played his first game of the season against Arizona State last week, and he put on a show, finishing with 19 points, nine boards and five blocks. To follow that up, Fischer posted 22 points against Alabama A&M. In his two games this season, Fischer is shooting 17-for-19 from the floor, which, if you can’t tell, is pretty good. Will this turn the Golden Eagles into an NCAA tournament team? It’s probably too early to tell. But Fischer fills a gaping hope in Wojo’s lineup, which makes Marquette markedly better.
THE ALL-THEY-WERE-GOOD-TOO TEAM
Terry Rozier, Louisville: Rozier scored 26 of his game-high 32 points after Montrezl Harrell was ejected on Saturday, ensuring that the Cardinals would not have their unbeaten season ended by Western Kentucky.
Troy Williams, Indiana: Williams played his best game as a Hoosier on Saturday, going for 22 points, 11 boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a win over Butler.
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova: Pinkston had 25 points and 10 boards, making a number of huge plays down the stretch as Villanova erased a 14-point second half deficit in an overtime win over Syracuse.
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: Rice made sure Braggin’ Rights remained in Illinois, hitting this game-winning three to beat Missouri. He finished with 19 points.
Snoop White, Ole Miss: White scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half as Ole Miss came from 17 down to beat a good Coastal Carolina team. The win keep Ole Miss from playing for an NIT bid in the SEC.
Juwan Staten, West Virginia: A preseason all-american, Staten had his best game of the young season on Saturday, going for 24 points (on 10-for-17 shooting), six assists and two steals as WVU beat N.C. State in NYC.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Washington Huskies
If anyone thought that struggling against Eastern Washington somehow proved that the Huskies weren’t “for real”, they squashed that theory on Saturday when they knocked off Oklahoma in Las Vegas, 69-67. Washington was up by as much as 20 in the first half, surviving late with a couple of critical defensive stops.
I don’t know if I’m ready to say that Washington is the second-best team in the Pac-12, not as long as Utah is still playing like a top 15 team. But the Huskies aren’t all that far behind. It starts with Robert Upshaw, a seven-footer that comes off the bench yet averages 4.5 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game. He changes to tone of what Washington can do on the defensive side of the ball. Throw in Nigel Williams-Goss, one of the nation’s most underrated point guard, and Andrew Andrews, and you have what may be Lorenzo Romar’s best team since the 2009 that featured Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman.
THEY WERE GOOD, TOO
Virginia: The Cavs took care of a pretty good Cleveland State team during the week before absolutely embarrassing Harvard on Sunday, beating them 76-27 and setting an NCAA record by allowing just one field goal in the first half.
Kentucky: The Wildcats had a better first half against UCLA than Virginia did against Harvard, jumping out to a 24-0 lead and heading into the break up 41-7 en route to an 83-44 win.
North Carolina: Marcus Paige still hasn’t busted out of his funk, but Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks are playing well, and Joel Berry is getting better, too. The Tar Heels won at UNC-Greensboro and knocked off Ohio State this week.
SMU: The Mustangs got two huge results this week: they won at Michigan, and they got Markus Kennedy back from his suspension.
Notre Dame: The Irish made a statement on Saturday. They beat Purdue 94-63, and they did it despite the fact that Jerian Grant was 3-for-13 from the floor.
SET YOUR DVR
No. 5 Wisconsin at Cal, Mon. 9:00 p.m.
Stanford at No. 9 Texas, Tue. 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown vs. Indiana, Sat. 12:00 p.m. (NYC)
No. 1 Kentucky at No. 4 Louisville, Sat. 2:00 p.m.