Villanova Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Top Priority in 2014-15

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

Villanova Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Top Priority in 2014-15

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    As the calendar shifts from May to June, we are now one month closer to the start of the college basketball season.

    With that important move closer to November, it gives us the itch to make some predictions about the 2014-15 season for the Villanova Wildcats. 

    With that being said, here is a look at the top priority that every projected Villanova starter should have when the new season begins.

Ryan Arcidiacono

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    Top Priority: Be Less Trigger-Happy

    During his first two seasons on the Main Line, Ryan Arcidiacono has gained a reputation of having a quick trigger from the three-point line. 

    Arcidiacono did cut down on his three-point attempts per game from 6.4 to 5.0 last season, but his three-point shooting percentage is still dreadful.

    In two years with the Wildcats, Arcidiacono has not shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc and from the field, which are two numbers that need to rise if he wants to help Villanova advance into the second weekend of the NCAA tournament next season.

Darrun Hilliard

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    Top Priority: Embrace the Senior Leadership Role 

    With James Bell exiting the program, the Wildcats will be in need of a senior leader, and that leader should be Darrun Hilliard during the 2014-15 season.

    Hilliard's role has grown exponentially over the last two seasons, and with one season of eligibility left, he will be expected to take his game to yet another level. 

    Since arriving on campus, Hilliard has improved in most stat categories with each year, and if he can do that on the floor, as well as provide veteran leadership in a young lineup, the Wildcats should be in good hands.

Kris Jenkins/Josh Hart

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    Top Priority: Fill the Void on Defense Left by Bell

    It is unclear which sophomore will break into the starting five for the 2014-15 season, but regardless of which player starts, he will have an important role to fill. 

    Kris Jenkins or Josh Hart will not be relied on to be the top scorer that Bell was in his senior season, but whoever earns the starting gig will have to play well on defense. 

    Bell was the defensive star of the 2013-14 Wildcats team, and both players embraced that role as they earned more playing time throughout their freshman seasons.

    Hart played more minutes than Jenkins last season, but that doesn't mean he is a lock to be in Jay Wright's first starting five.

JayVaughn Pinkston

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    Top Priority: Become the Leading Scorer

    During the 2012-13 season, JayVaughn Pinkston emerged as the leading scorer for the Wildcats, but he was not able to keep that title last year because of Bell.

    With Bell gone and Hilliard looking to play more of a distributor role with a young roster, Pinkston should embrace the role of top scorer once again. 

    After averaging 14.1 and 13.3 points in his last two seasons, Pinkston is poised for a breakout senior season, especially now that the other players in the paint have gained experience at the collegiate level.

Daniel Ochefu

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    Top Priority: Score More in the Paint

    With so many talented guards around him, Daniel Ochefu does not feel a ton of pressure to score.

    Despite the lack of pressure, Ochefu should look to boost his numbers in the point department for his junior campaign to take a bit of the load off the shoulders of Arcidiacono and Hilliard.

    If he can improve on his 5.7 points per game from last season by a full point or two, Ochefu will turn himself into more of a complete player, as the Wildcats look to repeat as Big East regular-season champions.


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