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Villanova Basketball’s All-Time Assist Leaders: 2018 Update

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Booth and DiVincenzo pass 200 career assists

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With the 2017-18 season in the books and another National Championship in hand, it’s time to update the Villanova record books. This season three new players have joined the all-time ranks, while Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson cemented themselves as two of the program’s greats. Check in all week as we update a new category each day.

Villanova set a new school record this season with 655 assists, an average of more than 16 per game. Overall the Wildcats assisted on over 53% of their field goals this season, a big reason why they were the most efficient offense in college basketball. While the whole team showed great ability to pass the ball, three players are now (or still are) among the elite play makers in Villanova history.

Jalen Brunson finished his Villanova career with 432 assists, placing him 13th All-Time and just passing one of his coaches, Mike Nardi. Brunson becomes just the 10th Villanova player to record 100 or more assists in each of their seasons playing for the Wildcats. His 184 assists this past season were the second most in a single season in school history.

Phil Booth joins the 200 assist club by adding 95 in 2017-18 for 237 total in his career. He now ranks 35th All-Time heading into his final season, passing Villanova greats John Pinone and Wali Jones. Booth achieved his 200th assist in a win at Georgetown during the regular season.

Donte DiVincenzo also broke into the 200 assist club with 139 assists this season, giving him 204 for his career. The “Big Ragu” achieved his 200th assist during the Wildcats Final Four blowout of Kansas in San Antonio. As a sophomore, DiVincenzo more than doubled his assists from his freshman season.

Looking ahead, Eric Paschall (105) could have an outside shot of reaching 200 assists after recording a career high 83 this season.

Villanova’s All-Time Assist Leaders

Player Years Rank Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Total
Player Years Rank Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Total
Kenny Wilson (1985-89) 1 145 159 170 153 627
Stewart Granger (1979-83) 2 70 165 183 177 595
Alvin Williams (1993-97) 3 88 159 177 129 553
Ryan Arcidiacono (2012-16) 4 119 118 129 169 535
Chris Ford (1969-72) 5 x 117 238 145 500
Rory Sparrow (1976-80) 6 112 153 103 127 495
Corey Fisher (2007-11) 7 92 107 129 159 487
Scottie Reynolds (2006-10) 8 133 113 128 108 482
Joe Rogers (1973-77) 9 67 136 118 153 474
Gary McLain (1981-85) 10 58 88 160 150 456
John Celestand (1995-99) 11 44 121 148 137 450
Jonathan Haynes (1992-95) 12 x 137 177 132 446
Jalen Brunson (2015-18) 13 100 148 184 x 432
Mike Nardi (2003-07) 14 130 107 62 124 423
Randy Foye (2002-06) 15 90 127 99 100 416
Kerry Kittles (1992-96) 16 79 109 115 105 408
Chris Walker (1988-92) 17 41 128 139 96 404
Whitey Rigsby (1974-78) 18 51 90 116 136 393
Lance Miller (1989-93) 19 79 87 91 80 340
Maalik Wayns (2009-12) 20 42 148 133 x 333
Jermaine Medley (1997-01) 21 71 42 107 110 330
Derrick Snowden (2000-04) 22 62 125 108 27 322
Gary Buchanan (1999-03) 23 87 103 78 44 312
Harold Pressley (1982-86) 24 52 74 87 87 300
Mark Plansky (1984-88) 25 34 63 58 136 291
Dwayne McClain (1981-85) 26 75 54 81 77 287
Tom Ingelsby (1970-73) 27 x 136 72 71 279
Josh Hart (2013-17) 28 30 53 77 106 266
Reggie Redding (2006-10) 29 27 59 116 56 258
Doug West (1985-89) 30 32 51 82 92 257
Brian Lynch (1996-00) T-31 28 31 78 114 251
Tom Sienkiewicz (1977-81) T-31 28 71 83 69 251
Darrun Hilliard (2011-15) T-33 28 56 90 74 248
Howard Brown (1995-99) T-33 33 43 92 80 248
Phil Booth (2014-Current) 35 51 85 101* x 237
John Pinone (1979-83) T-36 44 61 67 61 233
Wali Jones (1961-64) T-36 x x x x 233
Harold Jensen (1983-87) 38 27 38 85 81 231
Ed Pinckney (1981-85) 39 45 57 53 71 226
Ed Hastings (1970-73) 40 x 22 109 88 219
Kris Jenkins (2013-17) 41 21 34 87 73 215
Marc Dowdell (1988-92) 42 24 39 71 73 207
Donte DiVincenzo (2015-Current) 43 65* 139 x x 204
Steve Lincoln (1976-80) 44 12 76 79 33 200

*Includes stats from Medical Red Shirt season