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Jay Wright’s retirement from Villanova leaves recruits like Brendan Hausen in limbo

Brendan Hausen said he always dreamed of playing for Jay Wright. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Brendan Hausen said he always dreamed of playing for Jay Wright. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Until last Wednesday, Brendan Hausen thought his most vivid Villanova memory would be the warm September afternoon last year when he pulled Jay Wright to the side after practice at Amarillo High School (Texas) and informed the 60-year-old coach that he was indeed coming to suit up for the Wildcats.

“He brought the whole staff to my practice and my whole family was there,” said Hausen, an SI99 prospect. “He had the biggest smile on his face and just kept asking me if I was serious. He was so happy; I was so happy. It was a dream come true.”

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A stark contrast from how he felt logging into Wright’s Zoom call on April 20 with Villanova’s entire current roster and staff plus the rest of the Wildcats’ 2022 recruiting haul – Mark Armstrong and Cam Whitmore – as the Hall of Fame coach explained his decision to retire .

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