Has Jay Wright earned an NBA call-up?

HOUSTON -- Brad Stevens left in 2013 and has turned into the NBA's golden boy. Billy Donovan and Fred Hoiberg didn't pass up on opportunities a year ago.

Could Jay Wright be next?

Villanova's coach was always believed to be a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers gig following his first Final Four appearance in 2009, back when his buddy, Ed Stefanski, was running the organization. The word from those close to him was always that Wright was intrigued at the possibility of coaching at the next level.

But Wright stayed on the Main Line, his stock dipped and the NBA chatter disappeared.

Monday night's thrilling national championship victory over North Carolina, to go along with 97 victories over the past three years, has certainly elevated his value again in the minds of NBA executives.