Hometown: Langhorne, PA
High School: Neshaminy
2013-14 Stats (Averages)
Coming off a nasty back injury that ruined his senior year of high school basketball, nobody expected Ryan Arcidiacono to be one of the driving forces as Villanova made their way back to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. But he did just that and made enough good plays to offset the frustrating freshmen mistakes (nearly 100 turnovers) during a breakout rookie season.
Year two brought a different game for 'Arch' but again it wasn't all pretty. While his FG%, 3P% and A/T improved, his FT% was way down and his raw assist and steal totals were down too. 'Nova fans were happy to trade a lower point production for a better floor general, but with Jay Wright still encouraging Arch to shoot, he puts up some head-scratching shots at times and feels like a player who can equally look great when he's hot and awful when he's cold.
By the numbers, Arch is never going to own the prettiest stat line in the the world. What can't really be measured is where he excels. Like his freshmen season, last year brought multiple big shots (Kansas, Providence) when the team needed them to secure wins. He's also one of the toughest players on the team and leads by example, at times playing with a reckless abandon without fear of injury.
His junior season promises to be an intriguing one. It's undeniable that Arch made strides in important areas last year, but he's still a ways off from being an elite guard in the BIG EAST. He's living a guard's dream right now with the talent surrounding him, so it's everyone's hope that he continues to be smarter with his own shot selection and get others the ball. Apply his freshmen-sophomore year improvement to this year and Villanova fans will be quite happy with the guard that he's become.
Best Case: Arch continues the good trends (FG%, A/T) while fixing the bad (FT%) and flirts with averaging double-digits in scoring again. Going with the theme of 'For The Greater Great', Arch concedes the spotlight to Darrun Hilliard, JayVaughn Pinkston and Josh Hart and engineers another BIG EAST championship and gets the Wildcats to the second weekend and beyond come tournament time. For his effort he's named to the All-BIG EAST 2nd Team.
Worst Case: Encouraged by the enternal green light he has from Jay Wright, Arch suffers a repeat of his freshmen season. While his points go up, it requires more shots and his efficiency numbers plummet to depths that throw Corollary in to a fit of rage. As he tries to force the issue, his turnovers go up and his playing time begins to fall as Dylan Ennis and Phil Booth step in to the lead guard role.
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.