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Villanova Basketball 2020 Player Recap: Brandon Slater

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Got to see more of Slater as a sophomore.

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Slater’s Career Stats

SEASON GP GS MIN FG FG% 3PT 3P% FT FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
SEASON GP GS MIN FG FG% 3PT 3P% FT FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
2018-19 15 0 3.5 2-9 22.2 0-6 0 0-2 0 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.3 0.3
2019-20 31 0 11.5 20-53 37.7 3-20 15 6-15 40 0.4 0.9 1.3 0.7 0.2 0.4 1.3 0.4 1.6

The Breakdown

After seeing Brandon Slater sparingly last season, there was more of the 6-foot-7 wing this year, as he played in every single game.

He came in more physically prepared, bulking up to 202 pounds after initially arriving at Villanova at 170.

Slater got a steady helping of minutes during the non-conference part of the schedule, even seeing 18 or more minutes in five of those games.

He was one of the key members of Villanova’s bench, providing athleticism and quickness, despite shortcomings on the offensive end.

His best showing came against Middle Tennesee State, where he came off the bench and supplied seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 21 minutes of action during the Villanova Wildcats’ lopsided victory at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Although Slater did get action in every game, his minutes dipped in the homestretch of the regular season, where he averaged just 4.8 minutes over the final five games of the year.

Looking Ahead

Slater should still be in the rotation next season, even with Caleb Daniels coming off of a redshirt year and Bryan Antoine being healthier, likely able to receive a bigger role than he did this season.

Slater has the tools, physically, and he’s shown flashes on the defensive end, but it’s clear that he’s still working to iron things out on the offensive end.

The Wildcats didn’t have too much scoring production off the bench, with reserve scoring virtually depending on if Cole Swider or Justin Moore was hot (depending on which of them got the starting nod over the other for that game).

Villanova had defacto specialized roles for each of its bench players this season. Slater had the assets and build to contribute athleticism, quickness, and defense, but not so much on the scoring end.

The key to his development is being able to find a consistent shot or gain confidence on that end of the court.

Does he take a big jump over the offseason for the 2020-21 season?

If he can, and he’s able to add to the depth of talent this team is slated to have next year, watch out.