Final Report Card for Villanova's 2013-14 Season

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2014

Final Report Card for Villanova's 2013-14 Season

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    Villanova's remarkable 2013-14 campaign came to an end Saturday night at the hands of an old Big East foe in UConn. 

    The Wildcats were outmatched by Shabazz Napier and the Huskies, and they just didn't have an answer to send them into the Sweet 16.

    Now that the season is over, it is time to look back on just how good Villanova's season actually was. 

    Here is a final report card for the latest edition of Jay Wright's Wildcats. 

Ryan Arcidiacono: B-

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    Ryan Arcidiacono's production levels were a bit lower than last year's, but due to the emergence of James Bell, he didn't have to score all the points for Villanova. The sophomore guard averaged 9.9 points per game and led the team in assists with 118. 

    The one thing Arcidiacono needs to improve on for his junior season is his shooting percentage. He ended the season with a 39 percent field-goal percentage and a 34 percent mark from three-point range. 

Darrun Hilliard: B+

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    For the second consecutive year, Darrun Hilliard improved his play when it mattered the most: in March.

    The junior guard set himself up to be the latest star senior guard at Villanova, following in the footsteps of Scottie Reynolds, who was the last true star at Villanova. Hilliard may not put up the same numbers that Reynolds did in his senior season, but he has the potential to be something very special. 

    For that to happen, Hilliard has to improve on his 14.3 points and 2.6 assists per game that he put up this season. 

James Bell: A

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    When the season began back in November against Lafayette, no one expected James Bell to end the year as the team's leading scorer. 

    Bell shined all throughout the season on his way to 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He also led the team in free-throw shooting at 81 percent, and he hit 42 percent of all his field goals. 

    In addition, Bell brought his defensive prowess and senior leadership to the floor, two qualities that certainly propelled Villanova to its strong season.

    Bell's terrific senior season should leave a mark on the younger players in the program, as it showed that hard work really does pay off. 

JayVaughn Pinkston: B

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    A year removed from being the team's leading scorer, JayVaughn Pinkston embraced a different role down low because of the lack of height the Wildcats had.

    Pinkston still scored his fair share of points at 14.1 per game, but he also used his size on the glass to record 6.1 rebounds per game. 

    Now that Daniel Ochefu has developed into a strong paint presence, expect Pinkston to be allowed to move around a bit more on the court next season. 

    In the best-case scenario, Pinkston will average near a double-double next season, which could lead Villanova to an even better season. 

Daniel Ochefu: A-

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    Heading into the season. the play of Daniel Ochefu at the center position was a great unknown. After the season concluded, his efforts were worthy of praise, as he contributed 6.1 rebounds and 5.7 points per game. 

    Ochefu came into his own toward the end of the season, and he was able to fill the void left by Mouphtaou Yarou after last season.

    Just a sophomore, Ochefu gained plenty of experience for his final two collegiate seasons, and there is no doubt that he will be an even better player in his junior year. 

Jay Wright: A

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    This season may go down in history as one of the best coaching jobs Jay Wright has done in his tenure at Villanova. Not much was expected out of this young team, but Wright molded it into a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and the Big East regular-season champion. 

    The Wildcats overachieved and left themselves with high expectations next season. 

    With a depleted Creighton and a plethora of average, but not great, programs playing next year in the Big East, Wright will be expected to lead the Wildcats to glory once more. 

     

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