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Wayns - CheekNova hoops made the news today in three publications – Rivals, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Maxpreps. Here’s the synopsis:

Rivals’ Jason King and Mike Huguenin identified potential "fatal flaws" of their preseason top-five teams. About #4 Villanova, King said "The graduation of Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson and Shane Clark has left the Wildcats thin in the frontcourt, where Antonio Pena is the only returnee with significant experience. Pena averaged 5.1 points off the bench last season. Villanova is hoping for big contributions from 6-foot-10 freshman Mouphtaou Yarou, who is expected to start at center." Huguenin had a similar message, saying "The Wildcats will have one of the best - if not the best - backcourts in the nation. But the frontcourt is a monster question. If some freshman big men don't come through, the Cats will finish third or fourth in the Big East.


The Inquirer ran an article entitled ‘Nova low-key on High Expectations.”  There is not a lot new, but there were a couple interesting quotes: “Wayns and Cheek will have opportunities for playing time if they can show Wright some ability on defense. The same goes for 6-7 freshman forward Isaiah Armwood, a high school teammate of Yarou's.  An X-factor on the inside could be 6-6 forward Taylor King, a transfer from Duke who sat out last season. King went 4 for 4 on three-point baskets in the Wildcats' exhibition game against Kutztown, but he also showed he could play closer to the hoop.” He can be a calming influence because he can play [power forward] and he can handle the ball well and pass it," Wright said. "He also can rebound, but he's got to keep getting better at that."

Maxpreps listed ten freshmen that will impact this year’s NCAA tournaments.  Mouph Yarou is listed as #4 with the comment “Yarou should be the answer [to the departure of Dante Cunningham] and will be happy to rebound and battle be the junkman while the stars on the perimeter make the Villanova offense go.”