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2015 Villanova Basketball Preview: Tim Delaney

The freshman may have seen his season stopped before it started.

Matt Gregory | VU Hoops

Hometown: Mullica Hill, N.J.

High School: Pitman/Blair Academy

Height: 6'8"

Weight: 230

Tim Delaney was Villanova's first verbal commitment for the class back in June 2013 -  a full year before he would be able to sign his letter of intent to the university. He's a big, strong forward who can stretch the floor with his face-up game and jump shot. He's not afraid to mix it up on the block either, but needs more offensive polish in the low post.

Unfortunately for Delaney, his season likely was halted before it began. Surgery was required on Delaney's hip, ruling him out indefinitely. That likely means a redshirt season for him while he heals up and gets ready for next season.

Here's Jay Wright on Delaney:

"Tim is an outstanding young man who has size, skill and a great basketball IQ. He comes from a loyal basketball family and a storied prep school at Blair Academy where he is being taught well by coach Joe Mantegna. Tim is going to be a big part of Villanova's future."

Best Case Scenario: Delaney's rehab goes quickly and smoothly, and he gets back in time to contribute for the season. He's behind Ochefu and Reynolds in the pecking order, but he gets in to a few games late in the season for mop-up duty and flashes some skills.

Worst Case Scenario: The surgery likely guarantees a redshirt season for Delaney, so he'll have plenty of time to get healthy and get acclimated to college life. He'll be disappointed, but it's for the best.


The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2015-2016 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

Tim Delaney is one of three scholarship freshmen on the squad, so we don't have the benefit of prior year stats as a basis for our scoring predication. To the extent that history is a guide, here's a sample of the scoring averages of past Villanova forwards during their freshman campaigns:

What do you think the upcoming season holds for Tim? 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.