Villanova Basketball: 5 Storylines to Monitor During Wildcats' Offseason
We are just over a month into the college basketball offseason, and by now, the focus of the game is on the development of each team going into the 2013-14 season.
That is especially the case for the Villanova Wildcats, who are looking to improve on their 2012-13 campaign by contending for the Big East title.
In the new 10-team league, Jay Wright's Wildcats will have plenty of challenges to face, but before they take the court against their conference foes, they need to look at their roster and figure out the identity of next season's team.
Here are five burning questions surrounding the Wildcats this offseason as they look to improve on their 20-14 record from last season.
What Exactly Is Going on with Tony Chennault?
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On April 19, it was announced that guard Tony Chennault would transfer out of Villanova in search of more playing time (via philly.com).
However, the plans of Chennault have changed in the last week, as the senior announced that he will stay and compete for a starting spot instead of transferring for the second time in his career (via philly.com).
Now that the transfer saga of the Neumann-Goretti High School product seems to be over, he will have to work on his game during the offseason if he wants to see more playing time than he did last season.
What Should the Wildcats Expect out of Dylan Ennis?
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Dylan Ennis sat out last season because of his transfer to Villanova from Rice before the 2012-13 season.
Now with Ennis eligible to compete next season, the questions surrounding his contribution to the team have started.
Ennis spent the 2011-12 season at Rice, where he averaged 8.5 points per game for a team that did not fare well in Conference USA.
With one season under his belt at the collegiate level, the Brampton, Ontario native knows what to expect out of the college game, but the big question is: Can he transfer his game into the physical nature of the Big East.
What Will Ryan Arcidiacono Do to Become an Elite Point Guard?
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Ryan Arcidiacono had plenty of ups and downs in his freshman year at Villanova, and he can certainly learn from all of the experience he gained as a starter.
Unlike last season, Arcidiacono will be facing a mountain of expectations in his sophomore season on the Main Line.
Arcidiacono averaged 11.9 points per game last season, and he came alive during the late season run that was made by the Wildcats.
While it will just be his second season at Villanova, Arcidiacono's sophomore campaign will be very important to his collegiate career.
If Arcidiacono can further develop his game during the offseason, there is no doubt that he can contend for the first team all-Big East team.
How Will the Incoming Freshman Fit In?
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With Chennault coming back to Villanova and Ennis now eligible, the roles of the three incoming freshman will not be as big as the one of Arcidiacono last season.
Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart and Darryl Reynolds will all enter Villanova as freshmen next season, but they should not have a cloud of expectation hovering over them like most freshmen across the nation have.
The trio of young players will get a chance to show off their abilities next season, but their amount of playing time is still to be determined.
If the trio can impress Jay Wright during their first few weeks on campus, they could find their way into the rotation for next season.
Who Will Replace Mouphtaou Yarou?
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The single most important question surrounding Villanova during the offseason is who will replace center Mouphtaou Yarou, who will not return due to graduation.
Yarou was a solid contributor to the Wildcats over his four seasons on the Main Line, and his presence in the lineup will be missed greatly.
With Yarou now out of the fold at Villanova, coach Jay Wright has to find a valuable replacement for the big man from Benin.
Wright will have to rely on sophomore Daniel Ochefu and the incoming Darryl Reynolds to fill the large void left open by Yarou in the starting lineup.
Replacing Yarou will not be an overnight success, but in time, the duo of Ochefu and Reynolds should work well for the Wildcats.
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