Continuing our Wisdom of Crowds, series, our assignment is to figure out how Coach Wright will replace 56% of last season’s offense produced by departed players Corey Stokes, Corey Fisher and Antonio Pena. In today’s post we focus on Dominic Cheek. Use the voting buttons, below, to predict the points per game you think Dominic will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking. To help you come up with your prediction, we have provided his career stats as a Wildcat, a "third party expert" player assessment, and a 2010-11 highlight video below.
Dominic Cheek’s Offensive Stats, By Year:
MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT%
2010-11 19.4 5.6 36% 31% 76%
2009-10 13.5 4.9 45% 31% 65%
Note: In ‘Nova’s Euro Jam games played in August against Georgia, Netherlands and Israel national teams (each loaded with professional players), Dom averaged 17.0 ppg, including 34 points on 15-19 shooting to lead the Cats to their lone victory against Israel.
Assessment by VUSports.com
"Cheek had the most disappointing season of any of the Villanova sophomores. How good does Cheek want to be and how many minutes does he want to earn?
Strengths: Physical tools, length and athleticism. Rebounding. More effective scorer in transition than in the half-court.
Weaknesses: Lacks confidence and strength. His handle is sub-par for a Big East 2-guard or 3-man. Must develop a break-down handle to be an effective half-court scorer. His shooting is erratic from deep range. Mid-range game suffers due to ineffective handle and lack of aggression going towards the basket. Doesnt always get square to the basket when shooting. His defense lacks intensity and an awareness of what is going on in the team construct. Not skilled feeding the post from the wing.
Summer School: Add strength. Improve ball-handling skills and shooting. Put in the work to regain the confidence needed to compete at the Big East level.
What next: It is likely now or never for Cheek. Improve over the summer or drop below Bell, Yacoubou and Hilliard on the depth chart and become a deep reserve as a Junior and Senior."