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Villanova Basketball: Breaking Down Every Wildcats' Role in 2014

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVNovember 19, 2016

Villanova Basketball: Breaking Down Every Wildcats' Role in 2014

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    The calendar is rapidly moving forward toward Midnight Madness, and the excitement surrounding the Villanova Wildcats' basketball team has begun to ramp up.

    Last season's young Wildcats squad is in the process of developing into a group of veterans ready to take on the new challenges of the Big East.

    Here is a look at what roles those veterans, and the incoming freshmen, will fill in the upcoming season.

Ryan Arcidiacono

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    Role: Freshman Upstart Developing Into Sophomore Star

    Ryan Arcidiacono overachieved as a freshman last season, and that creates plenty of expectations for the point guard this season.

    Arcidiacono will receive more criticism if he does not play as well as he did in his freshman campaign.

    One way for Arcidiacono to curtail any criticism is for him to stop pulling up behind the three-point line and attempting shots early in offensive possessions.

    If he continues to work on his game, Arcidiacono should have no problem becoming the face of the team during the 2013-14 season.

JayVaughn Pinkston

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    Role: Leading Scorer

    While Arcidiacono may be the face of the team, JayVaughn Pinkston will be the leading scorer for the Wildcats in the 2013-14 campaign, just like he was last season.

    Pinkston led the team in scoring last season as a sophomore with 13.3 points per game, which was a four-point improvement from his freshman season.

    In his junior season, the sky is the limit for Pinkston. With three talented distributors in the lineup, there is no reason to believe that Pinkston will not be the team's leading scorer.

Darrun Hilliard

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    Role: Main Distributor

    Darrun Hilliard had a strong sophomore season by scoring 11.4 points per game and dishing out 1.6 assists per game.

    Heading into the 2013-14 season, Hilliard will be expected to step up his distribution role with a few strong scorers in the starting five.

    Hilliard should have a spot in the starting lineup. He should fit the role of assists man just fine.

James Bell

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    Role: Underrated Defender

    Every team has an unsung hero that does the little things right and fails to grab any headlines.

    For Villanova, that man this season will be senior James Bell.

    Not only will Bell be able to provide strong defense for Jay Wright's team, he will also be able to grow into the role of emotional leader, since he is the only senior on the team.

Daniel Ochefu

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    Role: Enforcer in the Paint

    Daniel Ochefu has the biggest shoes to fill this season with Mouphtaou Yarou graduating and leaving the program.

    As a freshman last season, Ochefu averaged 3.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, two totals that he will have to improve on in the upcoming season.

    If Ochefu puts up numbers close to double digits in points and rebounds, his season can be viewed as a success.


Dylan Ennis

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    Role: The Unknown Quantity That Wins over the Fans

    The 2013-14 season will be the first season that Dylan Ennis will be eligible to put on the Villanova jersey. It could end up being a very successful season for him.

    Ennis, who transferred in from Rice last season, will be yet another weapon in the backcourt arsenal of the Wildcats. He should become a fan favorite.

    Fans of the Wildcats know exactly what they will get from the rest of their returning guards, but the fans have no idea what to expect from the Canadian Ennis.

    With that being said, if Ennis thrives in his inaugural season, he will no doubt become a fan favorite on the way to helping the Wildcats go far into the postseason.

Incoming Freshmen

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    Roles: Minutes Providers off of the Bench

    No one is expecting the incoming freshmen at Villanova to make a gigantic impact on the Wildcats' 2013-14 season, but that does not mean they cannot make an impact.

    Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart and Darryl Reynolds will all get a chance to develop during their first collegiate season. That could benefit them and the team toward the end of the season.

    Not much will be expected from the three during non-conference play, but once they find their feet, they could make an impact off the bench in Big East play.


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