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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 player preview: Bryan Antoine

Now healthier with a year of experience in the system, Year 2 should be a better one for the former five-star high school recruit.

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Bryan Antoine’s Career Stats

2019-20 16 0 5.4 7-23 30.4 2-15 13.3 2-2 100 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.3 0 0.2 0.9 0.1 1.1

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It probably wasn’t the start to his college career that Bryan Antoine imagined — arriving at Villanova the summer before the start of his freshman year only to find out his shoulder injury wasn’t properly diagnosed and that he would need surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Months later, shortly before the 2019-20 season, there was panic in the ‘Nova Nation regarding rumors of a potential redshirt. It turned out that Antoine would not redshirt, but the recovery period would delay his collegiate debut a bit.

He made his official debut on Nov. 21 in a blowout win over Middle Tennessee State. Antoine played for 19 minutes, scoring nine points (4-of-6 shooting), with one rebound, two assists, and a steal. It ended up being his longest outing until a 21-minute appearance in a loss to Marquette on Jan. 4.

After that, Antoine sparingly played for the remainder of the season, only appearing in seven more games for a few minutes here and there. He didn’t have any outings after he logged just two minutes in a 91-71 win over DePaul on Feb. 19.

Throughout the season, it appeared that Antoine just wasn’t ready yet or playing like the McDonald’s All-American we saw in high school. It seemed like he was still adjusting to being on the court, trying to get physically and mentally caught up with the college level.

His minutes dwindled and rumors started up, but head coach Jay Wright offered an explanation shortly after the season ended.

“We kind of redshirted Bryan Antoine,” Wright said back in April. “In retrospect, we should’ve done it before the season started. We discussed it back and forth so much, and he was open to it. And I kind of thought, you know let’s take a chance because he could’ve helped us if we could’ve got him caught up to speed. And I also thought in the end if we make the mistake and he’s not ready, it still gives him the mental incentive to work through his physical rehab, which was important.”

“We were working him out, I didn’t want to say this during the season, but, we were working him out extra, day of the games. If we would’ve had to put him in a game late, he was exhausted because we would treat him like a redshirt.”

With a year of experience in the system and now healthier, it appears Antoine is primed for a much bigger season.

Teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is proud of the way Antoine handled his first year and thinks big things are ahead.

“He’s been doing very well,” Robinson-Earl said. “I feel like a player like him coming in last year, getting hurt towards the beginning, then just kind of easing his way, it just kind of shows how mentally tough he is in all circumstances. Just being able to keep a great attitude and keep going on just becoming the best player he can be — he’s going to be a really big piece for us this year.

“Great guard for us that we will really want to take advantage of. Really quick, but I think he’s a great piece that we’ll be able to have this year.”

Robinson-Earl admits Antoine might’ve handled it better than he would have.

“I think it was very frustrating (for him),” he said. “He never voiced it, or he never showed it, which is a great thing on his part because I know I would be very frustrated if I was in his shoes. I think he has kept a great attitude with all of that and just keeping a great mindset for the team instead of trying to bring any of us down.”

Best case scenario: It’s an abundance of riches at the guard position. Antoine is able to enjoy a bounce back year and a solid place in the rotation. We get to finally see a glimpse of what he can really do, and he gets his chance to contribute on a regular basis.

Worst case scenario: Antoine doesn’t get his moment to shine in-game, and most of his development continues behind the scenes. It’s a very talented and deep roster, so someone will have to get a small piece of the pie.

The Wisdom of the Crowds

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2020-21 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 Bryan Antoine score this season?

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  • 6%
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