Today, Saddiq Bey signed with a non-NCAA certified agent, therefore ending his college career after 2 seasons for the Wildcats. Bey the 6’8” wing shot 45% from three last season and had 16 points per game to help lead Villanova to a Big East title. Although it was expected he did leave the option for returning on the table but as a potential lottery pick there was no legitimate reason for him to come back to school. Villanova would have obviously been better with him in the lineup but they still should be good going into next year, here’s an outlook of their roster.
PG- Colin Gillespie
SG- Justin Moore
SF- Bryan Antoine
PF- Jermaine Samuels
C- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Bench: Brandon Slater, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Cole Swider, Caleb Daniels (Tulane), Eric Dixon
There are many different lineup scenarios you can use for Villanova, whether it’s Slater, Swider, or Cosby-Roundtree starting. There are an abundance of good options and that just shows the depth of this roster. They aren’t as good as Gonzaga from a front-end talent perspective but this definitely an elite-level team coached by one of the best coaches in the game.
One player to look out for is Caleb Daniels who sat out last season after transferring from Tulane following the firing of Head Coach, Mike Dunleavy. Daniels averaged 16 points per game for the Green Wave, while shooting 44% from the field, and 34% from three. He’s a strong guard who can play the 3-spot also, he’s incredibly talented and should become a national name for the Wildcats this season. Another player to look out for is Bryan Antoine, a former-5-Star recruit who played sparingly his Freshman season and was injured, but the talent he possesses can not be ignored. He’s very talented and should play a lot of minutes and should be in for a breakout season. Adding those two into a lineup that includes veteran pieces like Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, makes Villanova a likely preseason Top-5 team next season.