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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 Player Preview: The Bench Mob

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With the season quickly approaching, it’s time to take a dive around the roster, starting off with the fan-favorite Bench Mob.

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Kevin Hoehn

Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
High School: Morristown
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175

Kevin Voigt

Hometown: Massapequa, N.Y.
High School: Massapequa
Height: 6-5
Weight: 193

Bench Mob preview:

Last season, the Villanova Wildcats had a fairly young team with five newcomers and a handful of inexperienced players take on much bigger roles.

Although the Wildcats finished 24-7 and clinched a share of the Big East regular season title, there were some growing pains and close wins, which ultimately meant limited appearances for the fan-favorite unit of walk-ons.

Following the graduation of Tim Saunders, senior Kevin Hoehn becomes the elder statesman on the Bench Mob. He enters the 2020-21 campaign with 1 12 seasons of experience on the team, after being called up from the practice squad midway through his sophomore year.

Last year, he made his first-ever in-game appearance, playing in the season-opening victory over Army. He made another appearance a few weeks later at the Myrtle Beach Invitational during the 98-69 rout of Middle Tennessee State.

That was the final appearance for the Bench Mob, although they remained an integral piece behind the scenes in practice and in the locker room.

Hoehn will be accompanied by junior Kevin Voigt, who joins the team after serving time on the practice squad. He was a three-year starter at his high school in Massapequa and was an all-county selection.

With the high ceiling for this year’s team, there’s a chance we’ll get to see more Bench Mob minutes than last year. A year older and wiser, the Wildcats are loaded with experience, which should bode well for the team overall and the Bench Mob.

Best Case Scenario: It’s always a great sign for the Wildcats when the Bench Mob moves up to the scorer’s table and prepares to go in. If Villanova can live up to its preseason hype, there’s a chance that could be a frequent occurrence. Even if the Bench Mob doesn’t get to go in, it’s always a great sight when they get rowdy on the sidelines following a big three, defensive play, or hustle play.

Worst Case Scenario: The games are close or the ‘Cats are trailing, which means there aren’t really any opportunities for the Bench Mob to go in. Despite that, they continue to be hype men and generate energy.

Wisdom of the Crowds

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2020-21 season. Which Bench Mob player scores a point first?

Poll

Which 2020-21 Bench Mob player scores a point first?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Kevin Hoehn
    (202 votes)
  • 34%
    Kevin Voigt
    (108 votes)
310 votes total Vote Now