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2012 Villanova Basketball Preview: Ty Johnson

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Each day leading up to the November 1st exhibition game we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. First up is point guard Ty Johnson.


Hometown: Plainfield, NJ

High School: Montrose Christian

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 185

2011-2012 Stat Line

17.7 1.0-3.3 0.311 0.2-0.8 0.231 1.1-1.3 0.875 1.0 2.0 0.1 0.6 1.5 1.8 3.3

Ty Johnson came to Villanova expected to provide depth behind Maalik Wayns at the PG position during his freshman year, a role that may have been thrusting Johnson into the spotlight more quickly than both he and the fanbase anticipated. With Wayns taking on the primary scoring role, that led to more playing time for Johnson at the 1 as the season progressed, including 9 starting assignments.

Johnson's best performance of the season came in the overtime loss to UConn when he notched 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds (but also 4 turnovers) in a game in which he clearly outplayed counterpart Shabazz Napier. It was an eye-opening performance for the freshman and one that gave the fanbase confidence that Johnson would be a part of the solution going forward.

Coming into the 2012-2013 season, Johnson finds himself in an overly crowded backcourt despite his freshman campaign. Everyone knew that Ryan Arcidiacono was on the way and would contribute from day 1, but few anticipated the arrivals of Tony Chennault from Wake Forest and Dylan Ennis from Rice. While Ennis will sit out this season, it appears as though Chennault and Arcidiacono are leading the battle to start in the backcourt, thus relegating Johnson into a reserve role yet again.

Johnson's greatest asset at this time is his defensive ability, and that is how he will likely find a way to playing time this season. His shooting numbers from last season suggest that a vast improvement will need to be made if he is to keep himself firmly in the mix with Arcidiacono and Chennault for the starting backcourt jobs.

Best Case Scenario: Johnson averages somewhere between 18-22 minutes per game, and becomes one of Jay Wright's best defensive stoppers while running the offense efficiently from the PG position.

Worst Case Scenario: Johnson can't wrestle PT away from Arcidiacono/Chennault at the 1 and is eclipsed by Yacoubou/Hilliard at the 2 and becomes a deep bench option, leading to transfer speculation throughout the season.


The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

Ed's Wisdom of Crowds experiment is back for the 2012-2013 season. Following each of our previews we will be sampling the VUHoops community on the projected performances of the Villanova roster for the upcoming season.

What Are Others Predicting?

Bleacher Report projects a huge jump in Ty’s offensive output, predicting that he will deliver 12.0 PPG. They write:

When Maalik Wayns went down during the middle of last season, Johnson stepped up and showed his potential as the future Villanova starting point guard. After starting nine games over the stretch run last year, Johnson is ready to step up and be one of Villanova's stars this upcoming season.

Use the voting buttons, below, to predict the points per game you think Tyrone will score this year and the comment section to explain your thinking.