Big East Breakouts: Villanova’s James Bell
Similar to Pittsburgh in my previous post, the Villanova Wildcats greatly disappointed, collecting only five Big East wins. With the departure of Maalik Wayns, their top scorer, the ‘Cats could be in trouble this coming season and are desperately in need of someone to break out. There is some talent on the team with Dominic Cheek, JayVaughn Pinkston, and Mouphtaou Yarou, but look for James Bell to turn some heads and take his play to the next level.
Bell was a solid scorer for Villanova last year, averaging seven points per game. He’s a very physical guard who is not afraid to go down low. His rugged style of play is evident by his tough defense and ability to rebound. He’s got a nice shot, especially from behind the arc, and he can get to the basket because of his quick first step.
The thing with Bell is that he is a decent player overall, but he needs to improve on his game as a whole. He is not yet great, but has the ability to get there. The Wildcats surrounding him will surely help.
While some may think it’s a bit far fetched to expect too much out of Villanova this year, I disagree. They have a talented core and a mix of young guns and older kids. But they still have work to do, which is why you need to keep an eye on Bell. His development will correlate with the team’s success.