Villanova Wildcats JayVaughn Pinkston Could Really Stand Out With More Playing Time

By Trevor Lowry
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats had a pretty successful season, making the 2013 NCAA Tournament and knocking off a couple of top five teams, but it was JayVaughn Pinkston who was the leader of this team.

As a sophomore, Pinkston averaged 13.3 points per game and five rebounds per game, making him the highest scorer and second leading rebounder on the Wildcats. Surprisingly, he was able to do this by only averaging 26.1 minutes per game. If he would have averaged 33 or even 30 minutes per game, he would likely have been one of the highest scorers in the Big East.

Pinkston was a 46.4 percent shooter from the field this season, which was the main reason why he went from 9.6 points per game to 13.3 points per game in one season. Pinkston basically played the same amount of minutes per game last season, so you could definitely say that he had a breakout season this year.

Pinkston will likely lead the team in scoring once again in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but with more minutes he could really shine. He is decent from the charity stripe at 71 percent, so the more he gets to the line, the more points he will make. Pretty basic concept right there.

Who knows how the Wildcats will fair next season, but one thing is for sure, and that is Pinkston will once again make some noise. With more playing time, though, he could be considered as one of the best players in the nation. He is only going to be a junior and all.


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