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The Wisdom of Crowds Experiment: Achraf Yacoubou

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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 6-4 210 pound guard Achraf ("Asch") Yacoubou. Use the voting buttons, below, to predict the points per game you think Asch will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking. To help you come up with your prediction, we have provided below the freshman stats of other Wildcat guards in recent years, Asch’s stats from the Euro Jam tournament in August and a "third party expert" player assessment.

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

Yacoubou’s Euro Jam Stats:

Opponent Min Pts FG% 3FG% FT%
Israel 5:32 0 0% 0% 100%
Netherlands 19:39 0 0% 0% 0%
Georgia 22:04 8 38% 100% 50%
Avg 15:45 2.7 30% 50% 50%

Player Assessment by Rivals.com

"A physical two guard with the strength and quickness to guard Big East two guards from day one. The Freshman enters Villanova with a reputation as a hard-worker with a streaky jump shot and a competitive nature.

Strengths: Yacoubou has a strong physique and a strong will. He is receptive to coaching and has leadership skills.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent shooting. His ball-handling is below the level of the average Big East off-guard. Not a long-armed player who can use length to defend and rebound - Yacoubou beats you with strength, savvy and determination.

Summer School: Ball skills and developing consistency with his deep shooting. Like all the Freshman, Yacoubou will be tasked with quickly coming up to speed with the rigors of college academics and learning Coach Wright's offense and defense.

What next: There are minutes to be earned with six players battling for minutes at the one, two and three spots. Other than Wayns as the primary option at the one, nobody has a stronghold on the other minutes - can Yacoubou demonstrate to Jay Wright that he deserves 20 of those minutes?"

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