Villanova Basketball: Predicting 2012-13 Stats for Every Wildcat

Zack LessnerCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2012

Villanova Basketball: Predicting 2012-13 Stats for Every Wildcat

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    Villanova basketball is entering a new chapter in their storied program as they begin the 2012-2013 season. 

    New leaders will emerge with the departure of Maalik Wayns. Without the now-Sixer taking most of their shots, different Villanova players will finally be able to show up in the stat line. 

    It is now time for senior Mouphtaou Yarou and sophomore JayVaughn Pinkston to take over the leadership of the team and help write a new chapter for Villanova basketball.

    All of their players will have to be involved if Villanova wants to turn their recent misfortune around this year.

    With a more balanced attack, more players will be able to make an impact during each Wildcat game. 

     

     

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Mouphtaou Yarou

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    Yarou is a lock to be Villanova's starting center in this upcoming year.

    Nova nation is expecting big things from the big senior from Benin, who is poised to have a make or break season that will dictate the rest of his basketball career.

    A known defensive presence, Yarou will be looking to add a few more weapons to the arsenal of his offensive game this year.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 29.0

    Points: 14.5

    Rebounds: 10.0

    Blocks: 1.0

    FT%: 70

    Field Goal %: 50

Maurice Sutton

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    Known mostly as a defensive presence, Sutton improved enough throughout his junior campaign that he earned a starting spot seven times.

    The lanky fifth year senior will be looking to solidify his spot in the Wildcats lineup as he hopes to erase the memory of last year's nightmare season.

    The lone member remaining from Villanova's final four team of 2009, Sutton is in line to make a significant impact during this season. 

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 17.0

    Points: 5.0

    Rebounds: 5.5

    Blocks: 1.0

    FT%: 60

    Field Goal %: 50

Darrun Hilliard

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    Hilliard saw much action in the beginning of the year as he started nine games, but he saw his time shrink and shrink as Nova moved into their Big East schedule.

    The sophomore will have to make a name for himself if he wants to regain the minutes that he had within reach last year.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 10.0

    Points: 3.0

    Steals: 0.5

    Assists: 0.8

    Rebounds: 1.8

    FT%: 75

    Field Goal %: 40

    Three Point %: 30

James Bell

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    Villanova's lone junior looks to build upon a season which he saw major improvement from his Freshman year.

    Bell started 18 games for the Wildcats last year, in which he averaged 7 points per game.

    The three point shot could really increase Bell's value as it is a skill that the majority of the Villanova team lacks. 

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 15.0

    Points: 6.5

    Steals: 0.8

    Assists: 1.5

    Rebounds: 3.5

    FT %: 75

    Field Goal %: 40

    Three Point %: 37

Achraf Yacoubou

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    The last man off the bench last year, Yacoubou is in line to receive very little increased playing time this upcoming year.

    Yacoubou can be used to give players a breather for a couple minutes per game, but he does not posses the skill set to set him apart from any other Wildcat player.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 5.0

    Points: 1.5

    Steals: 0.3

    Assists: 0.4

    Rebounds: 1.0

    FT %: 65

    Field Goal %: 35

    Three Point %: 25

Mislav Brzoja

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    Villanova adds the three point shooter they desperately needed last year in Croatian guard Mislav Brzoja.

    Brozoja represents one of the four new players for this upcoming team, and is the only player who is a shooting specialist.

    If Villanova guards can figure out a way to distribute the ball evenly, Brozoja should be a valuable asset with his specialty skill.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 12.0

    Points: 5.5

    Steals: 0.4

    Assists: 1.5

    Rebounds: 3.5

    FT %: 78

    Field Goal %: 50

    Three Point %: 39

Ryan Arcidiacono

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    Villanova added a versatile guard to their 2012 class when Ryan Arcidiacono agreed to join the Wildcats from Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania. 

    With the departure of Wayns and Cheek, Arcidiacono is one of the guards in line to receive a significant amount of playing time. 

    The four star recruit will be able to show his skills immediately as he is a candidate to be included in the Wildcats starting 5.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 15.0

    Points: 6.5

    Steals: 0.5

    Assists: 2.2

    Rebounds: 2.0

    FT %: 75

    Field Goal %: 42

    Three Point %: 30

Ty Johnson

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    Ty Johnson was one of the few Villanova players who steadily improved throughout last season. 

    When Maalik Wayns went down during the middle of the season, Johnson stepped up and showed his potential as the future Villanova starting point guard.

    After starting nine games over the stretch run last year, Johnson is ready to step up and be one of Villanova's stars this upcoming season

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 26.0

    Points: 12.0

    Steals: 1.2

    Assists: 5.0

    Rebounds: 3.5

    FT %: 80

    Field Goal %: 39

    Three Point %: 29

Daniel Ochefu

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    The 6'10" freshman from Westown should immediately fill and contribute more than departing center Markus Kennedy. 

    Ochefu possesses the skills of a true center and should be a solid big man off the bench behind Sutton and Yarou. 

    Freshman year will be important for Ochefu to get Big East experience under his belt seeing that he will be Nova's go to big man for the next three years. 

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 17.0

    Points: 6.5

    Rebounds: 7.5

    Blocks: 1.5

    FT %: 60

    Field Goal %: 50

Tony Chennault

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    After being granted a hardship waiver because of his mother's illness, Philadelphia native and former Wake Forest point guard Tony Chennault will be joining the Wildcats and is eligible to play immediately. 

    Chennault adds two years of experience to this Wildcats team and will most likely start alongside Ty Johnson in the Villanova backcourt. 

    Never a star at Wake Forest, Chennault is looking to rejuvenate his collegiate career in his hometown city. 

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 24.0

    Points: 10.0

    Steals: 1.0

    Assists: 5.0

    Rebounds: 4.0

    FT %: 65

    Field Goal %: 42

    Three Point %: 29

JayVaughn Pinkston

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    Much of the Villanova season will depend on how much of a breakout year sophomore JayVaughn Pinkston has.

    Pinkston possesses both backcourt and frontcourt skills, and can play successfully as a big man or a guard. 

    Driving to the basket is Pinkston's greatest skill, something the versatile forward can do from any position on the floor.

    Pinkston will undoubtedly be a star during his upper class years, but it is this year's season that will point the direction in which Villanova will go.

     

    Projected Stats Per Game:

    Minutes: 30.0

    Points: 16.5

    Steals: 1.0

    Assists: 3.0

    Rebounds: 10.5

    FT %: 70

    Field Goal %: 45

    Three Point %: 35

     

     

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