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Villanova Basketball Preview 2013: Ryan Arcidiacono

As we creep closer to the exhibition game vs. West Chester, we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. Next up is the our star sophomore guard.


Hometown: Langhorne, PA

High School: Neshaminy

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 195

2012-13 Stat Line

1156 106 309 34.3% 71 217 32.7% 122 148 82.4% 2.1 3.5 0.0 1.1 2.5 2.8 11.9

Ryan Arcidiacono came to Villanova from Neshaminy High School, where he sat out his senior season with a serious back injury. Despite not playing basketball for nearly 9 months, "Arch" as he's passionately known to 'Nova Nation, was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in 2012 as he led a resurgent Villanova team back to the NCAA Tournament.

Over the course of the season, he scored ten or more points 20 times and more than 20 points five times, landing BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors on three separate occasions. It wasn't all sunshine though, as Arcidiacono was the most inconsistent scorer on the team (6.9 standard deviation and his high-scoring games were often followed by a significant drop-off in his offensive output in his next game).

Heading into 2013, Arch was named All-BIG EAST 2nd team by the league's coaches. All reports out of the Davis Center have Arcidiacono as looking primed for another big season running the Villanova offense, and possibly playing off-ball when Tony Chennault is in the game. While it's clear Arch is a great shooter, he needs to improve in three areas - his 34% FG rate, his 33% 3P FG rate, and especially his 2.8 turnover per game stat - to become the All-BIG EAST 1st teamer that everyone knows he's capable of.

Best Case Scenario: Arcidiacono leads the team in scoring and is widely regarded as one of the top guards in the BIG EAST. The return of Dylan Ennis takes some pressure off of Arch to perform and he becomes a lethal, efficient scorer. His season lands him a spot on the All-BIG EAST 1st team.

Worst Case Scenario: A player who Jay Wright claims needs prodding to shoot still forces up multiple bad shots per game, and after a stellar freshman campaign, struggles to cope with the additional attention from opposing defenses in a disappointing sophomore slump season.


The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2013-2014 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points raised in our player preview and your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

What do you think the upcoming season holds for Ryan? Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think he will score this year. We'd love to understand your thinking, so try to post a comment to tell us how you arrived at your prediction.