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Villanova Player Previews: Henry Lowe, Patrick Farrell, Kevin Rafferty

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The infamous "Bench Mob" is back and as seasoned as ever.

Al Bello

Henry Lowe

Hometown: New York, NY

High School: The Dalton School

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 185 lbs

Career Statistics:

SEASON GP GS MIN MIN AVG PTS PTS AVG FGM FGA FG% 3-PT FG 3-PT FGA 3-PT FG%
2012-13 3 0 2 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013-14 8 0 11 1.4 5 0.6 2 2 1 1 1 1
TOTAL 11 0 13 1.2 5 0.5 2 2 1 1 1 1

Pat Farrell

Hometown: Rockville, Centre, NY

High School: Chaminade

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 200 lbs

Career Statistics:

SEASON GP GS MIN MIN AVG PTS PTS AVG FGM FGA FG% 3-PT FG 3-PT FGA 3-PT FG%
2012-13 3 0 4 1.3 1 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013-14 8 0 12 1.5 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 11 0 16 1.5 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kevin Rafferty

Hometown: Malvern, Pa

High School: Malvern Prep

Height: 6'8"

Weight: 215 lbs.

Career Stats: Averaged 2.3 ppg and 2.0 rpg for Tufts University in 2011-12.

The #BenchMob

The Villanova fans are excited to introduce a new members and return two of the heralded leaders of the walk-ons, affectionately known as the "bench mob."

Juniors Henry Lowe and Pat Farrell managed to see some court time last season, appearing in eight games for the Wildcats.  Lowe scored his first collegiate field goal and three-pointer last season against the Mount St. Mary's and Rider, while Farrell hit a free throw in a blowout win over Butler. Fellow junior Kevin Rafferty was a practice player last season, but has been rewarded with a walk-on position this upcoming season.

The strength of the "bench mob" isn't obvious to the average fan, but the trio of juniors will have valuable roles next season as strong locker room presences and leaders in practice.  All three players will push the starters in practice, forcing the rotation players to improve their game.  On the sidelines, Lowe, Farrell, and Rafferty will do all they can to encourage the players and infuse energy into the players and the crowd.

All three players would likely have opportunities to play at another college or division, but they can offer little on-court production to the Wildcats this season.  They won't be called upon to play in close games, and some Villanova fans have criticized Jay Wright for allowing walk-on players who will never play where there are remaining scholarships available.

Best Case: The "bench mob" will likely continue to energize and push the team, and serve as the ultimate chemistry builders in the locker room as well as off the court.

Worst Case:  If one of the members were to complain about playing time or start to create division in the locker room, the trio would be going against their roles and would be a detriment to the program.  Of course, this is highly unlikely.

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

Ed's Wisdom of Crowds experiment is back for the 2014-15 season. Following each of our previews we will be sampling the VUHoops community on the projected performances of the Villanova roster for the upcoming season.

Use the voting buttons below, predict the first #BenchMob associate to score for Villanova this season.