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Villanova Basketball Player Review: Darryl Reynolds

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The junior was used in a much more important role this season, and had his share of shining moments

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Darryl Reynolds averaged just 1.4 PPG last season (shout-out to Skip Bayless) and just 5.4 MPG. After the news of Tim Delaney's hip surgery, the backup role for Daniel Ochefu was up for grabs. The junior logged double digit minutes in all but two games this season, showing that he was capable of taking on a much bigger challenge.

With Daniel Ochefu graduating, Reynolds should expect similar workload this season, and possibly more.

What we expected

Before the season kicked off, we thought Darryl would still be a garbage time player like last season, with a possible increase in playing time to weaken opponents down low. Overall the fans were optimistic, hoping Reynolds' spike in minutes would rightly mean more rebounds and scoring opportunities on putbacks.

Vote from Wisdom of Crowds

We held a vote to predict how many points Reynolds would total this season.

Many of our readers predicted Reynolds to average 3.3-4.5 PPG. Around the same amount of you foresaw 2.0-3.2 PPG. Just under one-fifth said he'd go over 4.6 points per outing.

Season Actuals

Player MPG FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA PPG REB AST TO STL BLK
Darryl Reynolds 17.1 48 76 47 65 0 0 3.6 4.5 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.5

The Crowd's wisdom was right on the money, projecting between 3.3 and 4.5 points.

Best Game

This is an easy one- on February 6th he avenged the loss to Providence with a 19-point, 10 board performance. He shot a stellar 9-10 from the field. He added 2 assists, blocks, and steals each.

Worst Game

Another game that sticks out is the win at Marquette. While playing only 7 minutes, Reynolds committed 4 personal fouls and missed his only field goal attempt. The only bright spot on the stat sheet was his loan rebound.

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Next season the Wildcats will have Tim Delaney and Omari Spellman to help out in the frontcourt. Regardless of how impressive the redshirt and true freshman (respectively) are in preseason practices, Reynolds has at least solidified himself as someone who can be in the rotation at power forward and can easily nab a starting spot.