Jay Wright knew heading into this season that he’d have the least amount of back court depth he’s had in a number of years, he found out Wednesday that he’d have even less.
After losing two starters in Dominic Cheeks and Maalik Wayns, the Villanova Wildcats will also be without sophomore guard Ty Johnson, who will be transferring from the program as soon as decides on a school to transfer to. For the time being, however, Johnson plans on sticking around for the fall academic semester.
The New Jersey native averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in just over 17 minutes as a freshman, and was penciled in to be one of the first players off of Wright’s bench, spelling the highly touted freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono.
As devastated as Wright is, he had nothing but good things to say about his newest former player, “We’re going to miss Ty. He has handled this with class. We all respect his work ethic, athletic ability and commitment to this program. We want what’s best for Ty.”
Johnson’s departure doesn’t make or break Villanova’s season, but heading into the season, expectations have to be unusually low for a team that only won 5 of their 18 Big East games last season. A lot is riding on unproven players like Aricdiacono and fellow freshman guard Mislav Brzoja, and unless second year players JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard can step up, this team could potentially lose more games than last season’s team.
We’ll find out pretty soon.
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