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Great Expectations for Mouph

yarou-sept2As the preseason accolades continue to role in, the pressure mounts on the broad shoulders of Villanova’s freshman big man, Mouph Yarou. It’s hard to believe that so much is expected from a young man who began playing organized basketball only a few short years ago.

On Friday, CBS.com identified Mouph as one if its impact freshmen for next season. On Saturday, Aran Smith of NBADraft.net announced his top-10 NBA prospects among this year’s NCAA freshman class, which Mr. Smith extolls for its talent and depth. Mouph finds himself among esteemed company, at #10 on Mr. Smith’s list. Of Mouph, he says, "[Yarou] has come a long way in a short time after coming over to the US from Benin in early 2008. He shows a high motor and excellent strength inside with good hands and touch. He’ll have a shot to develop into a lottery pickin a few short years at Villanova." Pretty high praise!

Here’s Mr. Smith’s full top ten:

1. John Wall 6-4 182 PG Kentucky
2. Derrick Favors 6-9 225 PF Georgia Tech
3. John Henson 6-10 190 PF UNC
4. DeMarcus Cousins 6-10 250 PF Kentucky
5. Xavier Henry 6-6 220 SG Kansas
6. Avery Bradley 6-3 180 SG Texas
7. Michael Snaer 6-4 185 SG Florida St.
8. Wally Judge 6-9 220 SF Kansas St.
9. Daniel Orton 6-10 240 PF Kentucky
10. Mouphtaou Yarou 6-9 240 PF Villanova