New Face, New Place: Villanova

Omari Spellman- Incoming Freshman Forward (North Royalton, Ohio)

At 6’9”, Spellman will help to fill the big man vacancy with the graduation of Daniel Ochefu. At the beginning of the season, it is likely that the starting minutes will go to rising senior Darryl Reynolds, but Spellman has the potential to take over the starting role. He is a threatening presence on the inside at 275 lbs, but also has the ability to shoot the three ball. This will add more confusion for opposing teams, as the Wildcats would have the ability to put out a lineup with five legitimate three-point threats (Brunson, Booth, Hart, Jenkins, Spellman). This small-ball lineup could be disadvantageous in the realm of rebounding.

Dylan Painter- Incoming Freshman Center (Hershey, PA)

Painter will be another key piece in replacing Daniel Ochefu. At 6’10”, he has the potential to be a solid player in the post, both offensively and defensively. His playing time will likely be limited with senior Darryl Reynolds and fellow freshman Omari Spellman ahead of him on the depth chart. He does have a height advantage on both of these players, so in situations where a taller, more defensive-minded player is needed, Painter may get the call.

Eric Paschall- Transfer Sophomore Forward (Fordham University)

After sitting out the required year following his transfer from Fordham, Paschall is ready to be an impact player for the Wildcats. At Fordham, he was selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year, averaging 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was able to spend this past year practicing with the Villanova team, learning their strategies. Along with that, he was able to watch the team win a national championship, so that experience will surely motivate him to try to help the team get back to that point.

Tim Delaney- Redshirt Freshman Forward (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Delaney sat out the 2015-2016 season after having hip surgery, and is doubtful for this upcoming season. If he were to play, at 6’9”, he would compete with Spellman, Painter and Reynolds for minutes at the power forward and center positions.

 

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Stats: sports-reference.com

 

Brandon Timm

Villanova ‘19

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