Villanova Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Most Concerning Flaw

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2014

Villanova Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Most Concerning Flaw

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    While some college basketball programs are still unsure of who their starting five for the 2014-15 season are, the lineup of the Villanova Wildcats is pretty much set in stone.

    Four starters return from last season's trip into the third round of the NCAA tournament, and the other projected starting position should be in the hands of an impressive sophomore.

    With the lineup basically set, here is a look at the most concerning flaw that each of the five players has in his game.

Ryan Arcidiacono: Quick Trigger from Deep

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    Anyone who has watched a few Villanova games over the past two years is aware that Ryan Arcidiacono does have a bit of a quick trigger from beyond the arc.

    Last season, Arcidiacono went 59-of-171 from three-point range, which equates to 34 percent.

    Only two players on the roster, James Bell and Darrun Hilliard, took more threes, but both averaged a better percentage from that spot on the court.

    If the point guard can make more threes in his junior season, it would do wonders for his confidence, but he is also allowed to take less shots and distribute if need be.

Darrun Hilliard: Free-Throw Shooting

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    Free-throw shooting was an issue for most of the Villanova lineup last season, as just two players shot over 80 percent from the line.

    Darrun Hilliard was one of the players who did not produce a stellar mark from the line at 71 percent, which seems low for a shooting guard. 

    With more responsibility on his shoulders in the absence of Bell, Hilliard will see the ball more on offense, which means he will head to the line more. 

    While he doesn't have to be immaculate from the line, Hilliard should shoot for a goal of 80 percent or higher in his senior season.

Josh Hart: Inexperience

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    Josh Hart should have the edge over Kris Jenkins in the battle for the fifth starting position due to his offensive abilities.

    Hart was a spark off the bench for the Wildcats in his freshman year, but now he will be thrust into a role that was occupied by Bell last season.

    Without a single start in his collegiate career, the pressure will be on Hart, who averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season.

JayVaughn Pinkston: Positioning on the Court

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    There isn't much to criticize about the game of JayVaughn Pinkston, but there is one slight concern about his play heading into the new season.

    Pinkston has been able to play all around the court, but where he sets up in the coming season is not known.

    During the 2013-14 campaign, Pinkston was handed more responsibility down low to help out a young Daniel Ochefu, but now that the center has a year under his feet, he may not need the assistance of Pinkston.

    If that turns out to be true, Pinkston could drift out to the wing and play there if Hart finds his way into a sophomore slump.

Daniel Ochefu: Growth in the Paint

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    Ochefu did a valiant job in the paint during his sophomore season as a replacement for Mouphtaou Yarou, but the numbers weren't quite there.

    He only averaged 5.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in the paint, where he was supposed to dominate as the season went on.

    For the Wildcats to become a contender on the national level, Ochefu must produce more in both stat categories so that Pinkston can become more versatile, a trait that would make the Wildcats a matchup nightmare.

     

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