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Which Villanova Basketball Rookie Will Win Big East Freshman Of The Year?

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It’s a two horse race... well, two ‘Cat race.

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! Yesterday it was announced that Justin Moore was named the Big East Freshman of the Week. If you feel like you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have. This was Moore’s fourth freshman of the week honor, and the only reason he hasn’t won more is that his running mate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has won six. That’s right, a Villanova Wildcat has won Big East Freshman of the Week in 10 out of 16 weeks. Needless to say, the Big East Freshman of the Year award will be on its way to the Main Line.

But who is it going to go to? These two players have played different yet vital roles for the team this year, and statistically they both lead in different areas. Points are usually king for these type of awards, so to give us some perspective, here are the stats of the Top 5 freshman scorers in the Big East this season per Sports Reference.

As you can see, it’s Nova’s award to lose at this point. So let’s look at each player and see where they have the advantage with just four regular season games remaining on the schedule.

Justin Moore is currently the leading freshman scorer on the season in the Big East. He’s only shooting 40.3% from the field, but he makes up for that by shooting 38.7% from deep. He’s an above average free throw shooter and does a good job at defending without fouling. He’s also tied for the most assists among Big East freshman... with Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. If there’s one knock on Moore, his turnover rate is the second highest among Villanova guards and wings.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is first in rebounds, tied for first in assists, and second in scoring among all Big East freshman. He’s not shooting great from beyond the arc, but his free throw numbers indicate that he’s probably a better shooter than those numbers indicate. He doesn’t get a lot of blocks for a starting forward, but his steals are up there. Oh, and this bears repeating, he’s first in rebounds by A LOT. Robinson-Earl’s biggest weaknesses are two fold though. First is the fouling, something that’s been coming into play more and more as the season progresses. While the big man leads all other freshman in minutes, he’s spending more and more time on the bench in the first half of games with two fouls and that clearly cuts into his production. He’s also first among freshman in turnovers, an issue that stems from trying to take on multiple defenders in the paint.

I know I’m being overly critical to find flaws in these two players because they’re clearly the best two freshman in the Big East this season. And on a side note, imagine how good this Nova team could be when the other half of their recruiting class (Bryan Antoine and Eric Dixon) gets to take the court in earnest next season. But back to the point, I’m putting the decision in your hands Nova Nation. Who’s getting your vote for Big East Freshman of the Year?

Poll

Who will win the 2020 Big East Freshman of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Justin Moore
    (95 votes)
  • 89%
    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
    (821 votes)
  • 0%
    Anyone Else
    (5 votes)
921 votes total Vote Now

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