We may be less than a month into the college basketball offseason, but that does not mean we are not allowed to look forward to what the 2013-14 season will bring us.
The Villanova Wildcats should be one of the more exciting teams in the 10-team Big East next season due to their young star power.
With Mouphtaou Yarou being the only key contributor to last season's squad leaving because of graduation, the Wildcats will be prepared to head deep into the postseason.
But what roles will the stars of the team like JayVaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono have on next year's team.
That question will be answered in this article as we assign roles to each member of the 2013-14 squad.
Ryan Arcidiacono was thrust into the spotlight last season as the Wildcats' starting point guard, and for a freshman, he did a valiant job leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
However with that success as a youngster comes the high expectations of the sophomore season.
Arcidiacono will be counted on once again to be the key distributor in an offense that had plenty of weapons.
Adding to his expectations as an assist man, he will be asked to be the second main scorer on the Wildcats team.
He scored close to 12 points per game last season, and a total close to that next season will be sufficient from the point guard.
It took a while for Darrun Hilliard to find his own in the Villanova lineup last season, but when he finally found his role he thrived toward the end of the season.
Hilliard will most likely start alongside Arcidiacono next season in the backcourt, and he should be a calming force to the easily excitable spark plug that he plays with.
The one main thing that head coach Jay Wright should look for out of Hilliard next season is consistency. Toward the end of last season, the then-sophomore contributed double-digit point totals on a nightly basis.
If Hilliard can do just that next season as a junior, he could easily fly on to the conference radar and make the All-Big East first or second team.
James Bell will be one of the more experienced players on the Villanova roster during the 2013-14 season as a senior.
Bell will most likely start in the small forward position or as a third guard, and he will be relied on to provide the Wildcats with some stellar defense.
Bell set career highs in almost every stat category last season, and one of the more impressive stats about the soon-to-be senior is that he fouled out just three times all season.
With that track record, there is no doubt that head coach Jay Wright will ask Bell to step up his defensive output to another level in order to lead the Wildcats to a strong season.
With Mouphtaou Yarou departing Villanova because of graduation, the torch will be passed down to Daniel Ochefu.
In his first season with the Wildcats, Ochefu averaged 17.5 minutes per game. In his time on the court, the then-freshman scored 3.5 points per game and pulled down 4.1 rebounds per game.
Both of those totals must be increased for the Wildcats to have success in the paint next season.
While the backcourt is expected to have plenty of success, a lot still remains unknown about the performance of Ochefu at the collegiate level.
One thing is for sure, after next season we will know if he is going to either dominate or struggle in the paint in the future.
Not many people expected JayVaughn Pinkston to be the Wildcats' leading scorer last season, but now moving forward much is expected out of the soon-to-be junior.
Pinkston averaged 13.3 points per game in his sophomore season, and if he does not reach the same total next season, his junior year could be deemed a disappointment in regard to his development.
The Brooklyn native will also be asked to take his game to another level in the paint if the two incoming freshman, Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins, cannot thrive at the forward position.
With the impending transfers of Tony Chennault and Achraf Yacoubou, the Villanova bench is suddenly thinner than it was a month ago.
With the two guards leaving, more pressure will be thrust on to the shoulders of the two incoming freshman at Villanova next season.
Kris Jenkins is the more polished of the two freshman arriving on campus from the Washington D.C. metro area, and instead of waiting to develop, the power forward will have to contribute more often that what was first expected.
The role of incoming freshman small forward Josh Hart at Villanova next season also has been affected by the transfers of Tony Chennault and Achraf Yacoubou.
Hart, who is a product of Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C., will be asked to step up and provide some quality minutes off of the bench in relief of JayVaughn Pinkston and James Bell next season.
The 6'4" forward does need to put on some weight during the offseason to deal with the rigors of Big East play but if he can do that, he should be a welcome addition to the Wildcats' rotation.
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