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2012 Villanova Basketball Preview: JayVaughn Pinkston

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Each day leading up to the regular season opener, we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. Next up is sophomore forward JayVaughn Pinkston.

Chris Chambers

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

High School: Bishop Loughlin

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 240

2011-2012 Stat Line

25.9 97-238 0.40 15-41 0.36 99-148 0.66 5.2 1.1 0.44 0.63 2.88 2.63 9.6
Although JayVaughn Pinkston, known as JVP, has been on the Main Line for 2 years, the sophomore still has 3 years of eligibility left. After being suspended for the 2010-2011 season due to an off-campus brawl, Pinkston made his mark on the Big East with a solid first season last year. On a very young squad with very few scoring options, JVP certainly was not perfect, but he stepped up and became a key cog for the Wildcats.

It took awhile for Pinkston to realize some of his potential, but once conference play started, JayVaughn took his play to another level. He routinely put up double-doubles in Big East action, but his performance against Providence at the Pavilion was very impressive. Not only did he notch 28 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Friars, but he scored the Wildcats final nine points, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left on the clock after receiving five stitches. In 18 games in the Big East, Pinkston recorded 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Looking forward, JVP is going to be asked to be one of the leaders on yet another very young squadrant for Jay Wright. With Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek gone, the consistent scoring options might be few and far between, so you can bet that Pinkston will try to pick up some of the scoring load that has departed. Pinkston's biggest positive is his ability to rebound the basketball, which was on display pretty much every game last season. Expect the rebounding numbers to be there as well this upcoming season. It has been reported that Pinkston slimmed down a little this offseason in an effort to be quicker, so it will be interesting to see what kind of impact that has on his game. Nonetheless, the Wildcats absolutely need Pinkston to be a major contributor in order for Nova to be successful this year.

Best Case Scenario: Pinkston develops into one of Jay Wright's go-to guys throughout the season on the offensive end with double-doubles on a consistent basis.

Worst Case Scenario: JVP experiences the sophomore slump and puts too much pressure on himself with a lot of young guys around him.


The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns Ed's Wisdom of Crowds experiment is back for the 2012-2013 season. Following each of our previews we poll the VUHoops community on the projected performances of the Villanova roster for the upcoming season.

Commentary Bleacher Report predicts that JayVaughn will become the Cats’ primary scoring option this season, putting up 16.5 PPG and playing 30 MPG. They write: "Much of the Villanova season will depend on how much of a breakout year sophomore JayVaughn Pinkston has. Pinkston possesses both backcourt and frontcourt skills, and can play successfully as a big man or a guard. Driving to the basket is Pinkston's greatest skill, something the versatile forward can do from any position on the floor. Pinkston will undoubtedly be a star during his upper class years, but it is this year's season that will point the direction in which Villanova will go."

Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think Ryan will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking.