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The Wisdom of Crowds Experiment: Tyrone Johnson

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In this year’s The 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 Tyrone Johnson, who will see significant minutes at PG this season. Use the voting buttons, below, to predict the points per game you think Tyrone 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 Wildcat guards in recent years, a "third party expert" player assessment, and highlight video from his pre-Nova days below.

Offensive Stats of Recent Nova Freshman Guards:

Past Freshmen GP MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG
Maalik Wayns 33 15.0 6.8 43.4 31.5 81.4 1.3
Corey Fisher 34 21.9 9.1 35.4 33.1 74.7 2.7
Corey Stokes 35 18.3 6.4 36.6 29.6 88.1 0.5
Scottie Reynolds 33 29.6 14.8 38.7 37.6 82.4 4.0
Reggie Redding 28 15.8 2.8 31.8 17.5 64.0 1.0

Note: Tyrone was injured and did not play in the Euro Jam tournament in August.

Player Assessment by VUSports.com

"The highest rated of the incoming Frosh guards, Johnson is a combo guard with a nice blend of athleticism, size and skills.

Strengths: Improved as a playmaker and leader of the offense during his time at Montrose Christian. Aggressiveness, toughness and physicality. Hard-nosed defender. Scorer's mentality. Wants the ball in his hands at critical moments.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent finisher on his drives to the basket. Still developing as the "quarterback" of an offense. Needs to improve as a shooter.

Summer School: Become acclimated to life on campus as a Villanova student and learn the Villanova offense and defense.

What next: Johnson is the only real PG option behind Maalik Wayns and he is the best dribble-drive threat outside of Wayns and possibly Pinkston. Given the uniqueness of his ball-handling / creating skills in relation to the rest of the current roster and the importance of that skill in Coach Wright's offense, Johnson is in position to earn a lot of minutes as a Frosh. He may even play alongside Wayns from time-to-time as well."

Highlight Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyGQQpTMAD0

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