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 6-7 260 pound forward JayVaughn Pinkston. 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 below the freshman stats of recent Wildcat bigs, JayVaughn’s offensive stats from the Euro Jam tournament in August, a "third party expert" player assessment, and highlight video.
Euro Jam Stats:
"An imposing, physical, player with the strength and handle to earn a starting position.
Strengths: Strength, ball-handling, ability to drive the ball strong to the basket.
Weaknesses: Conditioning. Deep shooting. How rusty will Pinkston be after being away from competition for more than a year and a half?
Summer School: Pinkston has to get into college-level playing shape. Needs to learn the Villanova offensive and defensive systems. Jump shot improvement.
What next: In high school his physicality and ball-handling skills made him nearly un-guardable. He could overpower most opponents and even when he missed shots he could often bull his way in to clean up the miscues and turn them into points. In order to be a star in college, Pinkston needs to trim down and gain the stamina required to run the floor repeatedly, get after it on the boards with multiple jumps, and maintain defensive intensity through entire runs of the shot clock."