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2017 Villanova Basketball Preview: Collin Gillespie

Villanova can boast the reigning PCL Player of the Year in their ranks.

Collin Gillespie
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Collin Gillespie

Hometown: Warminster, Pa.
High School: Archbishop Wood (Pa.)
AAU Team: Team Final Black
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 190
Committed: Jan. 14, 2017

Player Preview

If there’s a diamond in the rough for the 2017 recruiting class, it is undoubtedly Collin Gillespie. The Philadelphia Catholic League Player of the Year (over 5-star Kentucky PG Quade Green, mind you) burst on to the high-major scene with a stellar senior high school campaign, and the ‘Cats were able to keep him at home with several Power 5 programs circling.

Gillespie doesn’t come with the same AAU-reinforced pedigree of his classmates Jermaine Samuels and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, but he may very well find his way on to the floor early in his career. He’s fourth in the pecking order behind Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo for ball-handling duties, but with Booth’s health in constant question the young guard may be called upon this season.

Blessed with a table-setting mentality, a solid outside shot, and the type of bulldog attitude that will give fans flashbacks of Ryan Arcidiacono, Collin Gillespie appears to be a great fit for the Villanova program.

Best Case Scenario: Gillespie earns the trust of the coaching staff early in the non-conference season, and with Phil Booth needing his minutes managed he plays a vital role as the backup to Jalen Brunson in the rotation.

Worst Case Scenario: Not going to lie, I think it’s all upside for Gillespie. The unheralded recruit is coming in with minimal expectations given the horses in front of him. A redshirt seems out of the question at this point, so worst case he’s learning on the job when minutes are available.

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2017-2018 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.


How many points per game will Collin Gillespie average this season?

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  • 25%
    Less than 2.5
    (216 votes)
  • 53%
    (450 votes)
  • 16%
    (137 votes)
  • 4%
    More than 7.5
    (37 votes)
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