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2016 Villanova Basketball Preview: Darryl Reynolds

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA


High School: Lower Merion (PA)/ Worcester Academy


Height: 6’9


Weight: 240


Career Stats (2015-2016 Season) :

SEASON

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2015-16

17.1

1.2-1.9

63.2%

0.0-0.0

NA%

1.2-1.6

72.3%

4.5

0.4

0.5

0.4

2.2

0.7

3.6

2014-15

5.4

0.6-0.8

71.4%

0.0-0.0

NA%

0.3-0.7

40.0%

1.1

0.2

0.5

0.1

1.0

0.3

1.4

2013-14

3.2

0.1-0.1

100%

0.0-0.0

NA%

0.1-0.5

30.0%

1.0

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.6

0.3

0.3

Player Preview

Reynolds wasn't the most highly-touted prospect in his high school years, but despite lacking some of the polish that other bigs might have had, Villanova was in need of some help in front and could spare the time to develop Reynolds' game. He appeared in 21 games in 2013-14, showing some value during limited minutes. That role grew into becoming a key back-up to Daniel Ochefu during the 2015-16 season.

Reynolds was able to step into action and perform admirably as a rotation player for the 'Cats, allowing Jay Wright to spell his star center for stretches, and preserve him when he found foul trouble. During a stretch in Big East play, Reynolds was called on to start for the 'Cats while Ochefu was ruled out -- he responded by being extremely productive on the glass, and setting career highs, including a double-double against Providence. He also played a major role in the Wildcats' 81-67 victory over Georgetown near the end of the season, with 4 blocked shots, 3 steals and nine rebounds.

Reynolds was again tapped to start during two games at the Big East tournament,and again showed his value. He produced six points and eight rebounds in a semifinal versus Providence to propel the team into the title game.

With Daniel Ochefu playing for the Wizards and super-freshman Omari Spellman being glued to the bench by the NCAA, Reynolds is again being tapped to lead the way at the 5 for Villanova in 2016-17. While fans have liked his efforts in the relief appearances they've seen last year, it will remain to be seen if Reynolds is able to take another big step into his senior season, and become the dominant big man that is needed to make a deep run in March.

Best Case Scenario: Reynolds shows off some new offensive moves, and continues to produce with a starter's minutes this season. His improvement allows the Wildcats to neutralize talented opposing frontcourts in the NCAA and an experienced backcourt is able to impose its will on opponents.

Worst Case Scenario: Reynolds isn't the player we saw in limited starts last season once his role expands to a starter's minutes. He struggles with handling elite big men on other teams and the 'Cats run into trouble in the Tournament against teams that are able to pound the ball inside.

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2016-2017 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.