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Villanova Basketball 2023-24 player preview: The Bench Mob

It’s another one-man Bench Mob, as Collin O’Toole returns to the team as the lone walk-on.

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Collin O’Toole

Hometown: Rye, N.Y.
High School: St. Thomas More
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180

The Bench Mob preview:

Collin O’Toole is back with the Wildcats for a second year, after being called up from the practice squad and making his debut as a sophomore last season.

He made his first-ever collegiate appearance in the closing seconds of Villanova’s 77-56 win over Boston College at the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

O’Toole went on to appear in a total of four games last season, and logged his first career assist during the Wildcats’ thrashing of Georgetown in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.

His father, Tim, is the associate head coach at Pitt and was formerly a head coach for a decade at Fairfield.

O’Toole is the lone walk-on for this year’s roster. It’ll be a one-man Bench Mob once again.

Best Case Scenario: It’s always a great sign for the Wildcats when walk-ons go in. Although there’s plenty of new pieces from the transfer portal to experiment with, if the ‘Cats can stay healthy, win big and find success, there’s a chance O’Toole can make frequent appearances. Even if he doesn’t go in, walk-ons are always a fan favorite.

Worst Case Scenario: The games are close or the ‘Cats are trailing, and there’s lots of growing pains, which means there aren’t really any opportunities for O’Toole to go in. Despite that, he continues to be a hype man, generate energy and help out in practice.


Last year, Collin O’Toole got to appear in four games. How many games will the one-man Bench Mob appear in this season?

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