2012 Villanova Basketball Preview: Ryan Arcidiacono

Each day leading up to the basketball season exhibition game we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. Next up is freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono.

Hometown: Langhorne, PA

High School: Neshaminy

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 180

2011-2012 Stat Line

MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Ryan Arcidiacono (pronounced ARCH-ee-dee-ah-ko-no) comes to Villanova as a freshman point guard who was highly rated at his suburban, Bucks County high school. Both his father and mother were athletes at Villanova. "Arch" suffered a back injury requiring surgery last summer and as a result of that surgery, he was held out of playing for his high school during the 2011-12 season.

After sitting out his senior season, he returned to the court this Summer, playing with some other Villanova players in the Delco Pro-Am league, where he impressed. According to Jay Wright, you can hardly tell that the young guard missed any playing time in the past year.

Coming into the 2012-2013 season, Arcidiacono is the clubhouse leader to win a starting position in the backcourt. It helps that Wright considers him one of the team's best outside shooters and a versatile guard who can be given time at either point or 2-guard.

"On the floor, Ryan is a complete player who has been well schooled by his coach, Jerry Devine," Wright said in a statement. "His court sense, vision and uncanny shooting eye give him the opportunity to become the next great Villanova guard."

Best Case Scenario: Arcidiacono is everything Wright has promised. He starts at the point or 2-guard, playing around 30 minutes per game, and becomes a trusted leader on the team as a freshman. He delivers offensively, setting up teammates and knocking down shots from outside to keep defenses stretched out.

Worst Case Scenario: Arcidiacono could struggle with shooting against Big East defenders and makes the notorious "freshman mistakes" on offense and defense, losing his place as a starter.

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The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

Ed's Wisdom of Crowds experiment is back for the 2012-2013 season. Following each of our previews we will be sampling the VUHoops community on the projected performances of the Villanova roster for the upcoming season.

Commentary

Bleacher Report predicts Ryan Arcidiacono will score 6.5 PPG and play 15 MPG. They write:

With the departure of Wayns and Cheek, Arcidiacono is one of the guards in line to receive a significant amount of playing time. The four star recruit will be able to show his skills immediately as he is a candidate to be included in the Wildcats starting five.

Unfortunately we don’t have past Big East stats on Arcidiacono to help us predict his scoring this year. However, we can get a sense from the scoring of past Villanova guards during their freshman season. Here’s a representative list:

  • Ty Johnson - 3.3 PPG
  • Maalik Wayns - 6.8 PPG
  • Corey Fisher - 9.1 PPG
  • Scottie Reynolds - 14.8 PPG
  • Corey Stokes - 6.4 PPG

Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think Ryan will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking.

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