Villanova Basketball: The Best Wildcats at Every Position in the Last Decade

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

Villanova Basketball: The Best Wildcats at Every Position in the Last Decade

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    Over the last decade, Villanova has seen some terrific players suit up for the program. 

    At a school where guards are valued highly in head coach Jay Wright's system, it is no surprise the best players of the last 10 years for the Wildcats played that position. 

    Because of the dominance at the guard position, three guards and two big men were chosen for the group of best Villanova players at each position over the last decade. 

PG: Scottie Reynolds

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    Scottie Reynolds was not only the best player in his era at Villanova, but he is also responsible for the biggest moment in program history since the 1985 national championship.

    Reynolds' dashing run down the court to score the game-winner against Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight back in 2009 is a moment that still gives Wildcat fans chills when they watch it. 

    During his four-year career, Reynolds averaged 16 points and 3.5 assists per game, with his best scoring season coming in his senior season at 18.2 points per game. 

    He may not have made it in the NBA like other Villanova guards of the last decade, but Reynolds did leave a lasting mark on the program. 

SG: Randy Foye

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    Over his four years on the Main Line, Randy Foye improved his numbers with every season. 

    Foye broke out in his senior season with 20.5 points per game for a team that featured the likes of Allen Ray, Kyle Lowry and Mike Nardi.

    The current Denver Nuggets guard averaged more than 10 points per game each season, and his rebounding production increased from 3.5 in his freshman season to 5.8 in the 2005-06 campaign that saw the Wildcats advance to the Elite Eight. 


G: Kyle Lowry

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    Since Jay Wright is famous for playing more than two guards, it is only right to make this lineup one with three guards. 

    Kyle Lowry added an extra spark to the Villanova lineup in his sophomore season with 11 points and 3.7 assists per game. 

    While he did not last as long with the Wildcats as other guards did, Lowry's impact has to be recognized since teams with him on the roster went 5-2 in the NCAA tournament.


PF: Curtis Sumpter

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    The impact in the paint Curtis Sumpter had during his four seasons at Villanova cannot go unnoticed. 

    The 6'7" forward was an absolute force in the paint during his final three years on the court for the Wildcats, as he averaged more than 14 points and seven rebounds per game in each of those seasons. 

    His standout season was the 2006-07 campaign, where as a senior, Sumpter recorded 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game, as well as putting up an 80.5 free-throw percentage. 

C: Mouphtaou Yarou

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    During his time at Villanova, Mouphtaou Yarou experienced success during the end of the Reynolds era, and a rebuilding process in the two years after the star guard's departure. 

    Yarou was a steady, experienced hand in the paint during his final two seasons while the young backcourt was getting acclimated to the college game. 

    It's no coincidence Yarou's best years were his final two, with his junior season being his best in the points department with 11.3 per game. 

    When he left the program after the 2012-13 season, Yarou had put together career averages of 8.9 points and seven rebounds per game. 


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