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Wisdom of Crowds Experiment: Jayvaughn Pinkston

In this year’s Wisdom of Crowds series, our assignment is to figure out how Coach Wright will replace 40% of last season’s offense produced by departed players Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding, and Taylor King. In that quest, we now turn to our attention to freshman forward/wing, Jayvaughn Pinkston. By the way, there is still time to vote in our earlier WOC polls:

Use the voting buttons, below, to predict the points per game you think Jayvaughn will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking. To help you come up with your prediction, we have provided the freshman stats of other Nova forward / wing players and a "third party expert" player assessment, below.

Freshman Statistics of Other ‘Nova Forwards/Wings

Player GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT%
Dominic Cheek 33 13.5 4.9 45.3 31.0 65.4
Dante Cunningham 33 19.1 2.2 46.8 0.0 39.4
Dwayne Anderson 14 3.9 1.5 41.2 45.5 50.0
Curtis Sumpter 31 19.0 6.2 43.3 23.7 72.0

Third Party Player Assessment

ESPN Assessment: "#62 overall class rank … best known for his power and productivity inside the paint … smooth shooting stroke with consistent three-point range … productive creating with his dribble, overpowering most defenders and blowing by others … an absolute horse inside the paint … attacks the rim like a bulldozer running down a hill, simply overpowering any defender in his way … this strategy leaves him susceptible to offensive fouls … incredibly strong with a tremendous work-ethic, and unmatched toughness and aggressiveness … uses inside out move with his left hand to freeze the defender long enough for him to blow straight by him… capable of producing on the perimeter in college offensively, his defensive abilities are best suited for the power forward position … despite being somewhat undersized, he'll have no problems playing the 4 at the next level thanks to his length, athleticism, and physical prowess. Defensively, he's a good on-the-ball post defender thanks to his low center of gravity and also effective from the weak-side because he's so active and quick to rotate." "A powerful athlete with the athletic skills to prosper on the interior or the perimeter ... The range on his jumper extends to 3-point territory ... His strength allows him to operate in close quarters ... Should be a factor in the frontline equation. Named a McDonald's All-American after a stellar career at Bishop Loughlin, ... averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots per game as a senior ... Selected as a second team All-American by Parade Magazine ... scored 26 points and collected nine rebounds at the Capital Classic All-Star game in April 2010 ... Named New York's Player of the Year as a senior."

Brian's Big East Media Day Notes

Jay Wright: "We’ve been pleasantly, pleasantly, surprised with JayVaughn," who reportedly has great hands. "One of the questions, which still has to be answered, you have to see once you start playing full court five-on-five, can he play — at 6’6″, 260 — on the perimeter. Right now it looks like he can, which will get him more playing time."

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