Villanova Basketball: 5 Lessons Learned About Wildcats This Offseason
What have we learned about the Villanova Wildcats in the three months of the offseason so far?
It is a question that may not be asked by many in mid-June, and that is exactly why we are asking it in this article.
Jay Wright's team has plenty to look forward for the 2013-14 season, but there is plenty to take away from the three months since the 2012-13 season ended.
Here are the five biggest lessons that we have learned from the Wildcats' offseason so far.
It's All About Depth, Baby
If there is one thing that we know for sure about the backcourt of the Wildcats, it is that they have a massive amount of depth.
From sophomore Ryan Arcidiacono to transfer Dylan Ennis and everywhere in between, the Wildcats will not be concerned about how they will fare if one of their guards go down.
Along with Arcidiacono and Ennis, Darrun Hilliard, James Bell and Tony Chennault will occupy a depth chart that will most likely have three open starting positions.
Some Unknowns Remain in Paint
It has been well-documented by this Villanova writer in recent articles that the biggest void to fill on the roster this offseason will be at the center position.
With Mouphtaou Yarou now gone from the program, the pressure has been shifted to the shoulders of Daniel Ochefu.
Ochefu, along with incoming freshman Darryl Reynolds, will look to take advantage of the opportunity placed squarely in front of them.
However, there are still plenty of unknowns about the play of the duo in the paint. That concern will have Wildcats fans worrying until the first tip of the season.
The Wildcats Are Not Immune to Outgoing Transfers
As it has become the norm in college basketball nowadays, players transferring in and out of programs happen every offseason.
This offseason, Villanova was handed a loss when Achraf Yacoubou transferred to Saint Louis.
The Wildcats should have expected a move like this from Yacoubou, who was a player on the outside looking in at the starting lineup for all of last season.
Villanova Will Face a Battle in Atlantis
While the 2013 Battle for Atlantis may not have a murderers' row bracket like the one of 2012 that featured Louisville, Duke, Missouri and VCU, it will still be a difficult tournament that will feature Villanova this season.
The biggest competition for the Wildcats in the Bahamas will be Kansas, with Tennessee, USC, Iowa and Xavier all providing potential threats as well.
The tournament in the Bahamas that is rapidly becoming a must-see event will be a good measuring stick for a Wildcats team looking to prove themselves to the nation.
Recruiting for Now Is Focused on Big Men
The position that the Wildcats needed more depth at last season was forward, and they will get plenty of help from their 2013 recruiting class at that position.
Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds all can line up at both forward positions, and their recruitment signals that Jay Wright is serious about replenishing his depth at the position.
While neither of the three incoming freshmen are expected to significantly contribute in the 2013-14 season, they will be expected to provide numbers in the seasons after that as the Wildcats begin another new era with what hope to be star players.
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