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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 Player Preview: Brandon Slater

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Gifted with athleticism and quickness, is this the year Slater is able to use his traits to his advantage on the offensive end?

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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

Brandon Slater

Hometown: Centerville, Va.
High School: Paul VI
Height: 6-6
Weight: 211

Player preview

Brandon Slater saw an uptick in playing time last season, serving as a high-energy, athletic defensive option off the bench, one that appeared in every single one of Villanova’s games.

He’s also seeing an uptick in the weight room, where he continues to bulk up. While it wasn’t as substantial as his 32-pound difference between his freshman and sophomore year, Slater is now up to 211. It’s a stark difference from his 170-pound self from his first few days on the Main Line.

As he continues to grow stronger, will this be the season he takes a big jump on the court?

Last year, 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.

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.

Slater’s minutes dipped towards the end of the regular season, averaging just 4.8 minutes over the last five games of the year.

Villanova had defacto specialized roles for each of its bench players last season 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 unlocking his potential is being able to find a consistent shot or gain confidence on the scoring end of the court. Is this the year that happens?

Best case scenario: Similar to Jermaine Samuels’ breakout game against Marquette in 2019, Slater is able to enjoy one of his own during the 2020-21 season. Slater reaches a turning point and is able to gain confidence as a scorer, providing one more weapon to hurt opponents off the bench.

Worst case scenario: It’s more of the same for Slater. We see his athleticism and defensive effort, but it takes a while before things start clicking offensively. With even more pieces to fit into the rotation, his role becomes uncertain, and he possibly sees a downsize or more of the same minutes-wise.

The Wisdom of the Crowds

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How many points per game will Brandon Slater average this season?

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  • 26%
    3.0 or fewer
    (158 votes)
  • 56%
    3.1-6.0
    (340 votes)
  • 15%
    6.1-9.0
    (90 votes)
  • 2%
    9.1 or more
    (12 votes)
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